Maruti's Micro SUV Spied, Alto Replacement Looks Ready!
- by Arun Shenoy
- Mar 14, 2019
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Maruti's Kwid rival gets micro SUV like styling, is likely to replace the ageing Alto this festive season
- Test mule features elements borrowed from the Future-S Concept.
- Size-wise it appears slightly larger than the Renault Kwid.
- Likely to be based on the same Heartect-A platform as the WagonR
We've finally got a closer look at what appears to be a production-ready mule of Maruti's Kwid rival. This small car, likely to replace the ageing Alto, borrows cues from the Future-S Concept that was showcased at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
When Maruti Suzuki first teased the concept, they highlighted elements such as a high set and nose, a sharply raked A-pillar and ample ground clearance. The production-spec version seems to have carried over all of those traits. We don't have the exact dimensions, but if we had to give you a reference, we'd say it appeared slightly larger compared to a Kwid, and slightly smaller than the Ignis.
The manufacturer also promised a high-seating position, and that's something we're eager to check out. What we can immediately spot, however, is the concept-inspired central instrument cluster. There's a digital speedometer that's flanked by AC vents on either side. Staying true to the concept, we're expecting Maruti Suzuki to plonk in the new 'SmartPlay Studio' touchscreen here, that also features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It remains to be seen if Maruti Suzuki chooses to garnish the package with some more feel-good features such as daytime running lamps or alloy wheels.
We've already got word that the new Alto will be based on the WagonR's Heartect-A platform. This will ensure it meets the upcoming crash test norms. In terms of safety features, a driver's airbag and reverese parking sensors will be offered as standard, while ABS with EBD are likely to be offered across the range as well.
On the engine front, Maruti Suzuki is likely to choose the 1.0-litre K-Series engine. This engine makes 68PS of power and 90Nm of torque, which should prove to be plenty for a small city car like this. The fate of the old 0.8-litre engine remains to be seen in the wake of tighter BSVI emission norms. Transmission options could include a 5-speed manual, along with an AMT.
Maruti Suzuki could choose the festive season to announce the arrival of the new Alto. After all, it's been their bestseller for decades now. It's safe to expect a mild hike in prices; the range could start at Rs 3 lakh, and top out at Rs 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom).