Keeping up with the growing competition, Maruti Suzuki has launched the 2016 Alto 800 facelift in the country with prices starting at ₹ 2.49 lakh for the STD trim, going up to ₹ 3.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the range-topping LXI CNG (O) trim. The updated model was spotted completely undisguised a few days ago and gets minor cosmetic and mechanical changes compared to the outgoing model.
The new generation Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 arrived in the market in 2012 and the latest updated brings mild tweaks to the styling. The exterior update includes what the automaker calls new Aero Edge Design and lends a slimmer and longer grille, and a larger lower grille that is now trapezoidal shaped. The headlamp cluster have been tweaked and the hood gets new character lines for a more toned appearance. The bumper is now 35mm longer measuring at 3430mm, as compared to the outgoing model's 3395mm. You also get provisions for fog lamps in the bumper.
Updates to the cabin include new fabric upholstery for the seats and and door pads. Interestingly, the new Maruti Alto 800 now gets a passenger side ORVM as standard and the base and mid variants get safety child lock and additional storage space at the rear. The hatchback is available with a driver side airbag as an option from the base variant onwards. Also now standard are a rear spoiler, full wheel covers, front power windows and central locking system. Furthermore, the automaker has added two new colours - Mojito Green and Cerulean Blue, in addition to four existing shades.
The 2016 Maruti Alto 800 facelift gets several interesting features upgrades like remote keyless entry, smart storage spaces like rear bottle holder and co-driver side map pocket. Power continues to come from the same 0.8-litre three-cylinder petrol engine tuned to produce 47bhp at 6000rpm and 69Nm of torque available at 3500rpm. The motor is paired to a 5-speed gearbox.
Maruti claims that its engineers have developed an improved engine architecture tuned for enhanced driving pleasure and excellent fuel economy, which makes the Alto 800 facelift 9 per cent more fuel efficient helping return an ARAI certified 24.7 km/l. Essentially, the engine provides more torque at low rpms, allowing lesser gear changes. There are specially coated piston and ring set that reduce frictional losses and increases engine life.
Mr. R S Kalsi, Executive Director Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India said, "The new Alto 800 is technologically advanced with latest convenience and class leading safety features. The new stylish looks, fresh classy interiors and addition of two new colours make it trendy and vibrant. Above all it comes with improved mileage and assurance of Maruti Suzuki's unmatched service network, guaranteed performance and lower maintenance cost. All these make Alto 800 a preferred choice of the value conscious customers across India."