The Future S based 2020 New Maruti Alto will likely act as a replacement for the Alto and is expected to debut later this year
The production-spec Maruti Suzuki Concept Future S has been caught testing once again on camera and this time around the clear pictures do give some details hiding underneath the wrap disguise. At the 2018 Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki used this concept to showcase its future design evolution and it does influence the road-going version on a large scale.
Codenamed Y1K, the test prototype can be seen having an SUV stance. The upright front fascia comprises of a large radiator grille, and is accompanied by conventional headlamps as opposed to the eyebrow DRLs sitting atop as in latest crop of SUVs, thick pillars, muscular shoulders, bonnet with a bulge in the middle and obviously highly ground clearance to stake its claim as an SUV.
The rear glass racks towards the black and there could be an integrated roof spoiler with high-mounted stop lamps. The rear end is compact and Maruti Suzuki does not seem to be playing wild with the styling as in the Vitara Brezza with horizontal tail lamps as in the concept. The bootspace is expected to be deep for offering highly accessible trunk volume.
Considering the micro SUV segment it will be positioned in, there are dimensional restrictions to the design but the tallness will aid in ample headroom just as in the Celerio. 2020 Maruti Alto aka Future S derived round-shaped instrument cluster sits right in the middle and is flanked by air conditioning vents.
The eccentric design could attract first-time young buyers as Maruti Suzuki is expected to position this as a replacement for the long-serving Alto that does not meet upcoming safety standards. It will have a body structure good enough to comply with the BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program) crash test regulations.
It will have standard safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, speed sensing auto door lock, high-speed warning system and so on. The largest automaker in the country is expected to use a 1.0-litre petrol engine with BSVI compliance and it will most certainly be mated to either a five-speed manual or AGS (AMT) transmission.
The test mule will evolve in the due course of this year ahead of its market entry predicted to be around the festive season. It will rival Renault Kwid, Hyundai Santro in Indian market.