Five Facts About Maruti Suzuki Alto You Should Know
Maruti Suzuki Alto is India’s highest selling car. After the launch of Renault Kwid, the sales of Maruti Alto did see a dip but over the years Maruti has managed to stand its ground and maintain its number one position in the context of sales figures in the country. Although factors that make this car so popular are obvious and include Maruti’s wide service network, brand popularity, reliability and low maintenance cost, we would like to tell you 5 unknown facts that you probably didn’t know about India’s most popular car.
It’s a New Shell
The latest generation of Maruti Alto 800 features 95% new body panels. The company has only carried forward door panels and roof panels from the hatchback’s successor. Other components including lights, grille, and bumpers amongst several others body panels have been designed from scratch. In terms of the mechanicals, the new Maruti Auto 800 is broadly the same as its successor but does features certain tweaks which make it more defined like swapping of the old 12-inch rims with 13-inch wheels.
The Difference You Don’t See
Unlike its successor, the new generation Maruti Alto 800 now comes with power windows for the driver and passenger side windows at the front. The company also offers the hatchback with the option of front airbags. Other features like internally adjustable rear-view mirrors and an integrated Entertainment System is also offered in the new Alto 800.
Even though this feature is only offered on the top of the range K10 variant, Maruti Alto 800 now gets automatic gear shift or the company’s AGS technology. Alto 800 shares the tech with its sibling hatchback, Celerio. This gearbox helps retain the impressive fuel efficiency offered by the hatchback even with an automatic gearbox. Alto 800 offers an ARAI claimed fuel economy of 22.7 kmpl.
With exception of the base petrol model, Alto 800 will also be offered with company kits for CNG conversion. There have also been rumors that India’s largest automaker is contemplating taking the diesel power plants from the Celerio hatchback and offering it in a diesel variant of Alto 800, however, nothing has been corroborated.
The Alto experience
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has time and again proved that it is the quintessential starter car for the average Indian consumer. That little hatchback is still responsive and packs a punch. The overall cost of ownership is low because of Maruti’s competitive pricing of its cars and their spare parts. The convenience of having a wide service network adds to the car’s appeal.