Maruti Suzuki has recently launched the new-gen Wagon R hatchback, which is now bigger, spacious and more powerful than the previous model. The new model is built on the new Suzuki's HEARTECT platform that also underpins the Swift twins, Baleno, Ignis and the new-gen Ertiga. Recent media reports claim that the Indo-Japanese automaker is preparing to give a major makeover to its smallest hatchback - Alto sometime in the end of 2019. What's interesting is that Suzuki is also working on the global next-gen Alto, which is reportedly to make its debut in October 2019.
The first-ever Suzuki Alto was first unveiled to global audience in October 1979, which will turn 40 in October this year. Suzuki aims to present the new-age Alto on the 40th anniversary of the popular nameplate. For people not in the know, the India-spec Maruti Alto 800 is completely different than that of the model sold globally. The current-gen Suzuki Alto was launched in October 2014, which will turn 5 years old in October 2019.
The global Suzuki Alto is powered by a 660cc engine in multiple states of tunes. It is expected that the next-gen Alto will be based on the brand's new HEARTECT platform that also underpins several global Suzuki cars including Baleno, Ignis and Swift. The new HEARTECT platform is lighter and stiffer, which should enhance the overall performance of the upcoming Suzuki Alto. The company will also launch the sporty Alto "Works" that is likely to get a 64bhp, 660cc engine. This model is expected to arrive in 2020.
The India-spec Maruti Suzuki Alto in its current generation was launched in 2012. This model is expected to see a full-model change and will be based on an all-new platform. The current-gen car won't clear the upcoming crash test norms in October 2019. It is expected that the next Alto for India could use the stronger, stiffer and lighter Heartect platform.