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End of road for Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 soon?

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Keeping in mind that the new emission and safety norms which will be enforced starting from October 2019 and the new BSVI norms which will be enforced from April 2020, Maruti Suzuki is all set to bring a new next-generation model called ‘Concept Future S’ to replace of the Alto 800. Maruti Suzuki is rumoured to cease production of its best-seller, the Alto 800 in India. However, Maruti Suzuki will continue to sell the Alto 800 until all the stocks are cleared.

The Alto 800 is Maruti Suzuki’s budget friendly hatchback model. The Alto 800 is powered by a fuel-injected, 796cc, three-cylinder, 12-valve motor producing a maximum power output of 48 BHP @ 6000 RPM and a peak torque of 69 Nm @ 3500 RPM mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a 32-bit engine control unit. The CNG model has a slightly lower output but fares a bit better on the economy of 33.44 km/kg than the petrol which has an economy of 24.7 kmpl. It has a 35 litre fuel tank.

Brakes are solid discs on the front and drum brakes on the rear wheel. The suspension on the front is a McPherson strut and a 3 link rigid axle on the rear. And the kerb weight of the vehicle is 695 kg. This small car is 3430mm long, 1515mm wide and 1475mm tall with a wheelbase of 2360mm. The turning radius on the Alto 800 is 4.6 meters.

The Alto 800 can seat 5 people and has very simple interiors, a vinyl seat upholstery and floor console with basics. Top-end variants get an integrated stereo with USB. Safety and security include an engine immobilizer, rear door child lock, tubeless tyres, central locking and a driver side airbag on the top-spec variant.

The prices for Alto 800 start at  INR 2.81 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai for the base petrol variant and go upto INR 4.07 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai for the top-end CNG kitted model.

The successor to the Alto 800, the ‘Concept Future S’, is rumoured to make entry in India by the end of July 2019.