Maruti is already working on a replacement for the Alto, which will be better and safer than the current model.
IndianAuto had earlier reported that Maruti might be planning to discontinue the Alto in India. The ‘K10’ version of the Alto has already bid farewell to us and only the 800cc version continues to be on sale today. That too, won’t be for long, as the upcoming Bharat NCAP will come soon come into effect. The Alto had received a plethora of safety upgrades, as mandated by the Government of India, but the crash-test rating is still disappointing. Replacements are already in development, codenamed ‘YNC’ and ‘Y0M’. The former will be a bigger entry-level hatchback, and will probably sit higher than the S-Presso in Maruti’s range, while the latter will be the direct replacement for the Alto.
Upcoming Maruti Alto replacement's design will be inspired by the S-Presso
The image above, created by Shoeb R Kalania from IndianAutosBlog, shows what the Alto replacement could look like in its final production form. The picture was rendered earlier for the Maruti S-Presso, back when it was still in the conceptual stage. The image above is based on the Future-S concept, with touches of the Alto all around. As can be seen above, the car is significantly smaller than the S-Presso, and look more like a hatchback than a mini-SUV. It still has the crossover-type touches, with the flared wheel arches and muscular side profile.
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The new entry-level Maruti is expected to be underpinned by the same ‘Heartect Kei’ platform as the S-Presso, but in an even smaller and lighter avatar. This would ensure that the car doesn’t feel underpowered while still sipping fuel frugally. The engine on offer could be either the 800cc unit offered in the current Alto, or the 1.0-litre K-series motor offered on the S-Presso. Both the engines are BSVI compliant. Transmission options would include a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT.
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Maruti Alto is one of the most successful cars in India
The ‘Y0M’ could also enter the Indian auto market as the next-generation Alto. As the name is extremely popular, especially among first-time buyers and budget-restricted families, Maruti might be reluctant to lose the ‘Alto’ badge. Expect a brand new car with almost nothing in common with the current car.