Maruti Future S Concept had its world premiere at the 2018 Auto Expo in February in Greater Noida. It was rumored to be the successor to the company's most successful small car Alto and expected to be launched by 2020. Recently, the folks at Rushlane were able to capture the first spy images of the Future S as test mule in Kufri near to Shimla. Being internally codenamed as ‘Maruti Y1K', it will be powered by the R06A 658 cc three-cylinder engine which is at the helm of several Suzuki Kei cars. This engine is developed in both natually aspirated as well as turbocharged form.
Maruti Future S aka Alto successor could be based on the 2019 Wagon R's lightweight fifth-generation HEARTECT architecture. The Future S might become the smallest model in the company's portfolio to underpin the HEARTECT platform. It will be developed keeping in mind the stringent safety norms which come into effect from October 2019. For those asking, all the new cars will be undergoing thorough safety and crash tests by the newly established regulatory body Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program from October 2019 in India. Hence, expect the Future S to carry Driver's airbag, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Rear Parking Sensors as standard safety features.
As seen at the 2018 Auto Expo, Maruti Future S will flaunt SUV-ish stance and primarily target the Renault Kwid. Currently, the Alto is offered with a couple of engine options: 0.8L and 1.0L. The company sold a total of 2,55,661 units of the small hatch in 2018 and it was the second most retailed car in the Indian market. In total, the Alto has been instrumental to Maruti Suzuki's success in India with over 35 Lakh units sold in its two generations. Maruti Future S could be priced in a range of Rs 3-5 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom) upon its launch in the country. It will rival the likes of Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon and Datsun redi-GO.