- The 2019 Maruti Alto will get mild styling tweaks.
- It will receive new features in line with standard safety norms.
- The hatchback is likely to be sold under the Alto moniker.
- Changes will also be made to the interior.
- The hatchback will remain unchanged on the mechanical front.
Mauti Suzuki India will soon launch the updated Maruti Alto 800 in the country. As a part of the update, the entry-level hatchback will receive subtle styling tweaks and new safety features to abide by the standard (AIS) 145 safety norms. The updated safety kit on the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto will include anti-lock-braking system with an electronic brakeforce distribution, a driver side airbag, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminder for front seats and a speed-alert system. Higher variants in the line-up will additionally get a co-passenger airbag.
Visually, the hatchback will retain its mundane styling save for the reworked front grille and bumper. Another change would be in context to the moniker with the 800 suffix gone. This means the updated model will be sold under the Alto badge. Prominent changes will be seen inside as the 2019 Alto shares dashboard with its sibling Alto K10. The dual-tone colour scheme inside featuring black and beige with further enhance the interior look. On the feature front, it will get a basic music system with AUX and USB port, while the instrument system will be retained.
Power on the updated Alto will continue to come from a 796cc petrol unit good for maximum power of 48bhp. This engine will get a conventional five-speed manual gearbox, though it will miss out on an AMT unit. The pricing of Maruti’s bread butter model are likely to go up by up to Rs 20,000 with the addition of new safety tech, however exact details will be revealed at the official launch. Interestingly, the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto could be the most affordable car in the country with airbag and ABS as a standard fitment.
As Maruti Alto is all set to receive the stipulated safety tech, an all-new model is reportedly underway which could be introduced sometime later this year. The new model will comply with the stringent crash test that will come into effect around in the coming months. In terms of competition, the hatchback will continue to rival Datsun redi-Go and Renault Kwid in the segment.