Maruti Suzuki will be launching the replacement to the Alto later this year and a few weeks ago, pictures of the car with heavy camouflage were snapped. Now more images of the Maruti Suzuki small car have come out, this time without any camouflage. The latest set of pictures also reveal the name that Maruti Suzuki will use for the upcoming small car, which will be called the Alto 800. The regular Alto might be discontinued, while the Alto K10 will continue to be sold as it is.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 will use a 800cc petrol engine but could get some minor tweaks to better performance. The new 800cc Alto is based on the existing Alto platform, thereby helping the company reduce costs. It now adopts a tall boy design to offer better head room to passengers. The Alto 800 also gets a new dashboard and the overall styling of the exteriors look massively confused. Clearly the Alto 800 takes design cues from the Ford Figo, Maruti A-Star and the Renault Pulse.
The Alto 800 looks absolutely ready to go on sale but Maruti Suzuki will only launch it around October 2012, as the company wants to cash in the buying rush during the festive season. Pricing is more or less going to be the same as the existing Alto, while fuel efficiency is going to be slightly improved too. The Alto 800 is likely to be offered in LX and LXi trim.
Now the 800 brand name has been very strong in India, with the car being the largest seller in the country in the 1980s and 1990s. The Alto took the crown of the highest seller in the 2000s so naturally Maruti Suzuki doesn’t want to kill either of these brands. By naming them Alto 800, Maruti Suzuki is able to hit two birds with one stone!
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