Maruti Suzuki is set to bring the next-generation Alto in 2019, with the introduction of new model the company will bring in a smaller and fuel-efficient 660cc engine which will be in country’s largest selling car.
The 660cc engine is expected to be sold alongside the existing 800cc engine seen on the current model. Since the Alto will have an 660cc engine under its hood, fuel efficiency is expected to be around 30 KMPL. This engine will comply with BS6 emission norms and will be based on an all-new lightweight platform which will also underpin the bigger siblings.
But the latest tech and development costs of the little engine could make the Alto cost higher than the one on-sale. The car has already entered advance stage now in its testing phase and is codenamed ‘Y1K’. Maruti, along with its parent company Suzuki have started development in the R&D centre in Rohtak, Haryana.
This surely comes as a surprise regarding the engine size of the car, which will come close to the 624cc engine seen on the Tata Nano. The next generation Alto will be based on the KEI platform and is rumoured to have a Turbo RS variant alongside the normal one. Coming back to the engine, Power and Torque numbers have not yet come out.
Maruti Suzuki has over 45% market share here, largely due to the Alto, which is contributing a large chunk of their sales. But of late, the Alto has been given a tough challenge by the Renault Kwid and Tata Tiago and the company is well aware of it. So, Maruti Suzuki will look at the next generation Alto to bring back some lost ground.
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