Maruti Suzuki recently launched the updated Alto 800 with a new look, updated interior and new safety features. Let's take a look at the top seven changes on the hatchback, which is now priced between Rs 2.93-3.71 lakhs (ex-showroom New Delhi).
The cover image itself points out the cosmetic changes in the front with a new larger grille and reworked bumper. The car now drops the 800 moniker but continues with the Alto badge. The design of the 12-inch steel wheels is the same but the wheel cap is in a slightly darker shade of silver.
The cabin now features a dual tone interior with a slightly changed dashboard design. Components have been borrowed from the Alto K10 like the AC ducts and the instrument cluster.
3. Music system
Maruti has also equipped the Alto with a new infotainment system called Smart Play Dock. This system allows users to dock their smartphone for easier access to calls, music, navigation etc.
4. Keyless entry
Alto buyers also will get a new feature for added convenience - keyless entry. This was one feature that was missing in the hatchback and the carmaker has taken feedback from Alto owners and incorporated it this time.
The biggest and most important change comes in the form of new safety equipment. The updated Alto gets Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution System (EBD). Then, there are other safety features too like driver airbag, reverse parking sensor, speed alert system and seat-belt reminders for both driver and co-driver. Interestingly, the new Alto also complies with the upcoming crash and pedestrian safety regulations.
6. Updated engine
According to the carmaker, the BS-VI compliant mill on the new Alto will mean a substantial reduction in vehicular emission. Maruti Suzuki has specifically upgraded the engine hardware and software to achieve this emission regulation requirement. These also include technological advancements to the exhaust system.
7. Environment friendly
Furthermore, the Alto is now over 95 per cent recoverable and 85 per cent recyclable conforming to the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) obligations.