With the strong response to the locally developed Vitara Brezza in the Indian market, Maruti Suzuki has been given responsibility by its parent company Suzuki motors to develop a new-generation variant of the Alto, to strengthen its hold in the entry level car segment. After the launch of Renault Kwid, there has been a noticeable drop down in the market share of the alto hatchback from 48 percent to 40 percent, whereas the Renault hatchback has managed to grab around 20 percent of its segment sales.
Reportedly, the company has started working over the project, which is internally called ‘Y1K’. It will most likely touch the Indian streets by the festive season of 2019 with its more expressive appearance as compared to the one till date and could also get a crossover looks.
The car will be developed out of India and will be built for the local market. People knowing more of Maruti’s plan also said “While the company has made strong headway in the premium end of the market with the Baleno, Vitara Brezza and Ciaz, it will never lose sight of its bread-and-butter segment… as the largest carmaker, Maruti needs to have a solid option for the prospective buyer and Y1K is an initiative on that front.”
Maruti Suzuki Alto will be developed on an all new platform to suit the new regulations. On this one person said “The hardware and technology will come from Suzuki, the putting together of hardware — that is design, engineering and validation will be all done by the Indian team with local inputs.” Maruti Suzuki’s spokesperson said that as a policy the company does not comment on future product plans.
The current model of the Maruti Alto is powered by a 0.8-litre Petrol unit that makes 48 PS with a peak torque of 69 Nm, and a K10 engine with 1.0-litre three-cylinder that is good to produce a peak power of 68 PS and 90 Nm of peak torque. Both the engine come paired with 5-speed manual gearbox.
Recently, the homegrown car manufacturer also confirmed that it will launch Maruti Suzuki Ignis early next year.
Source: Economic Times