The production version of the Concept Future S is to carry Alto nameplate and it will arrive during the festive season with Micro-SUV inspired design
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is set about revamping its domestic small car lineup due to the arrival of more stringent emission regulations and stricter crash testing standards. A few weeks ago, we reported that the 796 cc engine used in the Alto 800 and Omni would be shown the doors soon.
According to our sources, the Alto is getting a brand new generation towards the end of 2019. Speculations regarding the Maruti Alto’s complete makeover have been there for long and it is said to receive a slew of updates besides a more rigid body structure with the powertrain complying with BSVI standards.
The Maruti Alto lost its crown as the best-selling car in India last year as Maruti Suzuki Dzire ran past it in volumes. However, the sales figures were not dramatically shrinking as more than 2.5 lakh units were retailed at a steady pace. The entry-level Alto series has been facing increased competition lately as more modern rivals started to emerge in the market.
Moreover, the buyers’ preferences have changed largely as they are willing to shell out extra bucks for additional technologies and safety features. The largest automaker in the country will respond to that and likely take advantage of the craze for budget SUVs and put the Alto badge on the production model based on the Concept Future S.
The Concept Future S with its new styling direction and high riding stance impressed the show-goers at the 2018 Auto Expo and the road-going version is believed to borrow plenty of its design such as an upright front fascia, tall pillars, less raked windshield, flared wheel arches, etc.
It should have the good ground clearance to stake its claim as a micro SUV lookalike to rival Kwid. Like the Ignis and new Wagon R, it is expected to be built on the fifth generation lightweight Heartect platform. Powertrain option could include the 1.0-litre K series petrol unit updated to meet BSVI compliance. Both manual and AMT transmission options could be offered as well.