Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, India’s largest passenger car maker, launched the much-awaited Alto 800.
Priced at Rs 2.44 lakh (base model, ex-showroom, Delhi), the car comes with an 800 cc engine, which can churn out 45.7 bhp of power at 3500 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 69 Nm at 3500 rpm.
The new-look Alto is only available in the 800 cc option, while the 1,000 cc option will still be available in the previous avatar.
The new Alto comes in three variants, two petrol and one CNG. The petrol version is expected to give a fuel efficiency of 22.7 km per litre, while the CNG version will do close to 30 km per kg, according to Maruti.
The car will be available in six colours—Frost Blue, Blazing Red, Silky Silver, Torque Blue, Granite Gray and Superior White. One of the most important additions is an airbag on the driver’s side.
The Alto has been India’s best-selling car for eight straight years, and Maruti will hope to extend its lead over other major players in the small-car segment, mainly Hyundai and Ford.