Wednesday, April 24, 2019
By Kamal Swami
Facelift Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Launched With BS VI Compliant Engine
Just a day after launching the BS VI compliant Baleno hatchback in the Indian car market, country’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited has launched the BS VI compliant version of mass segment car Alto 800 with the starting price of Rs. 2.94 lakh for the base trim. The top end variant VXi is launched with the price tag of Rs. 3.72 lakh, whereas the mid-trim is priced Rs. 3.50 lakh. As compared to the prices of existing variants the latest prices are higher up-to Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 28,000.
Before talking about the major updates let us have a look of the new BS VI compliant engine. The new 796cc petrol engine churns the same power and torque of 48 bhp and 69 Nm respectively as developed by the outgoing model. However, this time with upgraded hardware and software. The new engine is reported to minimize the impacts of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions up-to 25 percent. The transmission duty is performed with the same five speed manual gearbox. Unfortunately, despite of generating 25% less Nitrogen Oxide, the engine delivers an average of 22.05 kmpl which is quite lesser than BS VI model, that delivered an average of 24.7 kmpl.
Well, talking about the major features offered in the BS VI compliant Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, it would be interesting to know that it is equipped with standard safety features strictly according to the new norms of Ministry of Transportation. The standard safety features offered in base variant of Alto 800 includes ABS+EBD, driver and co-driver seat belt reminder, rear parking sensors, and also speed alerts system. The top end VXi variant is offered dual airbags. The company has however offered this feature as an option in the base variant, which makes it price Rs. 2.97 lakh. According to the sources of the company the new Alto 800 also complies with proposed crash and pedestrian safety regulations.
After launching the facelift Alto 800 in the Indian car market, it is believed that Maruti Suzuki Future – S hatchback, which was also promoted as the replacement of Alto 800, will be a new hatchback in the market.