Next-gen Alto will be sold with a 1.0-litre engine only, with the production of the Alto 800 coming to a halt.
The entry-level hatchback from Maruti had a record of being the market’s best selling vehicle for 12 years. The Alto had gone past one million sales mark in February 2008. It then reached the 1.5 million mark in 2010, and then the 3.5 million mark was attained in just 8 years after that.
The Maruti Alto range comprises an 800 variant and a K10 variant. Together, they make Maruti Alto one of the best-selling models in India. The Dzire overthrew the Alto in 2018 as the best selling vehicle in the market. With the upcoming safety regulations, with new full-frontal impact, off-set-frontal and side impact tests, as well as stringent emission standards by April 2020 in the form of BS6, automakers are set to upgrade their product line up. But for the Alto 800, Maruti decided to discontinue the vehicle altogether.
The next gen Alto, based on the Concept Future S showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, will be badged as Alto K10 and will be launched in late June or early July this year. The K10B petrol engine that also powers the Wagon R and Celerio will also be upgraded by late June or early July. The Alto 800 will be sold until the dealers run out of stock.
Powering the Alto 800 is a 796cc, 3-cylinder, F8D petrol engine that develops 48 BHP and 69 Nm of torque, while the CNG model produces 40 BHP and 60 Nm of torque. The engines are combined to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Maruti Alto 800 Production
– The current gen Alto 800 is powered by a BS4 compliant F8D petrol engine
– The Alto 800 will be sold until stocks last
– The Alto 800 reached the 3.5 million sales mark in 2018
Source – GaadiWaadi.com