The new Maruti Suzuki Alto 2022 will be based on a lighter and stiffer chassis and could offer two engine versions. It will face the Renault Kwid and its big brother, the S-Presso.
Maruti Suzuki is ready to launch the new avatar of one of the best-selling cars in the Indian market, the Alto. It may have a small footprint, strictly based on size, but it packs a big punch and it’s a force to be reckoned with. The 2022 Alto will officially debut in the second half of August. The first generation Alto was launched in 2000 and from 2004 it became India’s most beloved vehicle and ruled for 16 years. With the Alto, Maruti Suzuki has successfully cracked the code on how to strike a balance between affordability and fuel economy. We tell you what to look for in the 2022 Alto.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 2022: an all-new platform
The Alto joins Maruti’s Heartect modular platform family, which underpins cars like the S-Presso, WagonR, Celerio, Swift, Dzire, Ignis, Baleno, Ertiga and XL6.
This new chassis offers many advantages, starting with making the new generation Alto a safer vehicle. Built on advanced, high-strength materials, the platform is better equipped to absorb and distribute impact energy in the event of a collision to ensure passenger safety.
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The Heartect platform provides a better riding experience in terms of handling, stability and control, improved ride quality and better NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). The new Alto is expected to be longer, wider and taller than the outgoing model and, due to its lighter underpinnings, it will be more fuel efficient.
2022 Maruti Suzuki Alto: Twin Powertrain Options
The current generation Alto comes with just one engine option – the 796cc with an output of 47.3hp and 69Nm, which the new model will retain. According to Maruti Suzuki, the outgoing model returns a mileage of 22.05 kmpl. We expect the 2022 model to be even more fuel efficient. This powertrain will continue to be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
It’s not yet confirmed, but to up the ante Alto could also offer a more powerful 998cc K10C petrol engine with twin-jet technology, which we’ve already seen in the S-Presso, WagonR and Celerio. . The engine develops 65 hp and 89 Nm of torque. If Maruti gives this engine the green light, it could be available in two gearboxes – a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. For reference, the Celerio returns a fuel average of around 25 kmpl with a manual transmission and over 26 kmpl with AMT, meaning the 2022 Alto would be more fuel efficient.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 2022: Design and Features
Alto’s styling cues are inspired by the Celerio. Large swept-back headlights, new mesh front grille, redesigned fog lights and hood make the hatch look much more contemporary and mature. In profile, the 2022 Alto looks much taller, and the rear gets a sleek design housing square-shaped taillights with new bumpers. The Alto’s wheel size should continue to be 13 inches.
Maruti Suzuki revamped the cabin with a newly designed dashboard, instrument cluster and steering wheel. It could also offer a host of new features like a touchscreen infotainment system, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, keyless entry, and more.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 2022: Competition
The new Alto will take on the Renault Kwid and its big sister, the S-Presso. The current generation Alto is available from Rs 3.39 lakh to Rs 4.41 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), so the 2022 model will be slightly higher. The S-Presso and Kwid start at Rs 4.25 lakh and Rs 4.64 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, respectively.
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