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Maruti Alto 658cc delivers 38 km/l , third car under Alto Nomenclature for India

Maruti has started its work on the all-new Alto for our market and will officially unveil at the India Auto Expo 2016. The Alto nomenclature for Maruti and its parent-company Suzuki’s bread and butter model sold globally in different body styles and new Maruti Alto 658cc will be third car in India under it.

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In upcoming Auto Expo 2016, Maruti will showcase the new Maruti “Alto Kei based 658cc” which will showcase the styling and platform for the next-generation car. The new Alto will be based on a new platform that will be used by many of Maruti’s future cars. This new platform will be based on the new Suzuki Alto (seen for the first time in India) which currently is sold in Japan. This new platform is much lighter than the current Alto and this weight-reduction will result in better fuel economy numbers.

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The car in pictures is the latest version of the Suzuki Alto sold in Japan which was launched late last year. As far as styling goes, this car is downright boxy and may not suit Indian mass-market tastes. The front styling looks resemble the first generation Maruti 800 sold in India while the rear is very plain and flat and has tail-lamps located in the rear bumper.

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According to a source, for the next Alto, Maruti is likely to keep the basic design of this car and modify it “according to Indian tastes”.  This new Suzuki Alto measures more or less the same as the Alto 800 sold in our market, however Maruti “may extend” the wheelbase for better legroom for the second row passengers.

Although the current Maruti Alto 800 sold in India retains the old 796cc engine, the next-gen Alto could join the downsizing club and may feature the 658cc powertrain that is sold in the Japanese Alto. This motor could come in two states of tune, a non-VVT equipped version for lower level and a high-output turbocharged version. Maruti will use the next-gen Alto with AMT gearbox along with a standard manual transmission.

This 658 cc engine is a tried-and tested motor that is used in many Suzuki models sold in Japan such as the Wagon R Solio, the standard Japanese WagonR and the new Hustler compact SUV. It produces 48 bhp in non-VVT form and 51 bhp when combined with VVT technology.

The Japanese Alto does around 38km in one liter of petrol and our source confirms Indian car will either manage the same fuel economy figure or even excel that. The next-gen Alto, when launched could take on the fight with the Renault and Datsun budget models as well as the Tata Nano Twist Active.

We hope Maruti modifies the body shape of this Japanese Alto to a more rounded design which is preferred by Indians.

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