As the battle in the entry-level segment heats up with the Renault Kwid and the soon to be launched Datsun redi-GO, Maruti Suzuki has upped the ante with the facelifted Alto 800. Here are more details about the budget hatchback from Maruti Suzuki.
In terms of design, the main difference is the new large grille in the front bumper. Where the earlier car has a hexagonal grille, this has four sides and looks better than before. The other change is to the headlamps, the internal elements are bolder, which gives the car some character. The rear and side haven’t been touched and the only change is the addition of black side mouldings. Maruti Suzuki is offering the facelifted Alto 800 in two new exterior colours – mojito green and cerulean blue.
The interior now has darker grey colour, making the whole cabin look slightly more premium. Also, Maruti has refreshed the seat upholstery and door trims with the update. There are a couple of additions to the features list – the hatchback now gets co-driver side ORVM as standard even on the base variant. It gets bottle holders and integrated headrests at the rear, co-driver side map pocket and also key less entry and child lock for higher variants. However, the most important change is the addition of optional safety feature from base trim. The drive side airbag can be availed for additional Rs 6,000 over the ex-showroom price of the normal trim.
The Alto 800 uses the same 800cc engine producing 47bhp and 69Nm, mated to the five-speed manual transmission powering the front wheels. It also gets a variant with CNG in the LXI trim. Maruti has tweaked the engine to some extent at the fuel efficiency of the Alto 800 has improved – the ARAI claimed efficiency of the petrol model is now 24.7kmpl and the CNG is 33.44 Km/Kg.
The Alto 800 is now available in four trims – STD, LX, LXi and VXi, in the price range of Rs 2.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) to Rs 3.76 lakh. The CNG kit is available with the LXi trim.