Maruti Suzuki launches Alto 800 at Rs 2.44 lakh



The Maruti Suzuki Alto, India's largest selling car for the better part of the last one decade has gone through a thorough update. With an improved chassis, dynamics, features and space, the new Alto, nicknamed the Alto 800 will co-exist with the current Alto K10 and starts at Rs 2.xx lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. It will replace the existing 800cc Alto while the Maruti 800 will continue to be sold in BS III markets. It will also be offered with a CNG option.

Here are the prices of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 in all guises, ex-showroom Delhi

Standard: Rs 2.44 lakh
LX: Rs 2.76 lakh
LXi: Rs 2.99 lakh
LXi (airbag): Rs 3.xx lakh
Standard Green: Rs 3.19 lakh
LX Green: Rs 3.37 lakh
LXi Green: Rs 3.56 lakh
LXi Green (airbag): Rs 3.xx lakh

Maruti Suzuki has spent the better part of four years and over Rs 470 crore in making this car a reality. Stiffer by over 10 per cent and with improved legroom at the rear and shoulder room all around, the new Alto 800 also gets a new dashboard and the options of two new interior colours: cool grey-black and brown-black.

By improving the height of the Alto by 15 mm, scooping the front seats by 15 mm and making the door panels a wee bit thinner, Maruti have managed to liberate more space than the outgoing car, despite being 55 mm shorter up to the A-pillar and 45 mm shorter behind the C-pillar.

Maruti Suzuki claims a best-in-category fuel efficiency of 22.74 kpl, a huge 15 per cent jump over the outgoing car. The CNG version now delivers an impressive 30.46 km/kg. The 800cc engine on the Alto remains the same but with changes to improve power output and efficiency. Chief among the changes is a new, cable-type gearbox with detent-pin technology first found on the Maruti Suzuki Estilo. Improved shifts apart, the car gets a new, plastic intake, a light weight connecting rod and crankshaft as well as light weight short skirt pistons. All of this has resulted in power going up to 47 bhp and torque improving from 6.2 kgm to nearly 7 kgm.

The Alto 800 now comes with six colour options, four of which are new. These include Frost Blue, Blazing Red Pearl, Torque Blue pearl and Granite Grey, while Superior White and Silky Silver are carry-overs. And for the very first time, the Alto comes with the option of a single airbag. The front doors get powTer windows on the top-end variant. Apart from that, the Alto 800 also gets gas filled struts up front and shock absorbers at the rear that have improved the ride considerably.

Maruti Suzuki has received 10,000 bookings of the Alto 800 so far.

Comparison prices with competition, ex-showroom, Delhi

Hyundai Eon

D-Lite: Rs 2.74 lakh
D-Lite+: Rs 3.03 lakh
Era+: Rs 3.17 lakh
D-Lite+ LPG: Rs 3.31 lakh
Era+ LPG: Rs 3.45 lakh
Magna+: Rs 3.48 lakh
Magna+ LPG: Rs 3.76 lakh
Sportz: Rs 3.76 lakh

Tata Nano

2012 Base: Rs 1.44 lakh
2012 CX: Rs 1.73 lakh
2012 LX: Rs 2.00 lakh

Hyundai Santro

Xing Non-AC: Rs 2.89 lakh
GL Plus: Rs 3.58 lakh