Suzuki hatchback has become safer and more expensiveApril 24, 2019
India launched sales of the updated Alto 800 compact from a joint venture company Maruti Suzuki. The car changed the design of the exterior and interior, and also expanded the list of equipment.
The cheap Alto hatchback has held the title of the most popular model of the Indian market for many years (not to be confused with the hatch for Japan), but with the appearance of the new generation Dzire compact (Swift-based sedan) in the Maruti Suzuki lineup, the hatchback rolled back to second place. So, in 2018, Alto chose 256,661 customers, while Dzire gained 264,612 owners. This year, the joint company began testing a small cross based on the concept of Future-S: local media believe that this car will replace the Alto. However, Maruti Suzuki is in no hurry to abandon the ex-bestseller – presented restyled version.
The “baby” has two modifications – with a 800-cc engine and a 1.0 engine (both are three-cylinder engine). The first version is called Alto 800, the K10 index is more expensive, they differ in size between themselves: the length of the base machine is 3.4 meters, and in the second version it is 3.5 meters. The design has changed only in the 800.
So, the Alto 800 got a new front bumper and grille. The salon was designed in the style of Alto K10: here the other front panel and dashboard, the audio system is now located above, the “radio tape recorder” itself is new. The list of standard equipment Alto 800 now appear driver airbag (previously – only as an option), ABS and EBD (they did not exist before), rear parking sensors. For the top version, there is a passenger “airbag”, central locking and keyless entry system. Alto K10 has the same set.
Engine power has not changed: the 800-cc engine produces 48 hp, liter – 67 hp The base hatch is still available only with a five-speed manual, the Alto K10 still has a simple robotic transmission. At the same time, the Alto 800 engine now corresponds to the new BS-VI econorms. Whether the engine is upgraded to 1.0 – is still unknown.
After restyling, Maruti Suzuki Alto added in price. Hatch with a 800-cc engine now costs from 294,000 rupees, that is, about 22,000 rupees more expensive than its predecessor. Alto K10 will cost at least 366,000 rupees – an increase of about 27,000 rupees.
Recall that in Japan they sell a completely different hatchback Suzuki Alto. It is expected that there the model will soon change the generation.
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