Besides the cosmetic improvements for both exterior and interior, the 2019 Maruti Alto 800 also offers a BSVI-compliant engine and more standard safety features than the previous version
Instead of being discontinued due to the inability to conform to the oncoming BNVASP crash test and the upcoming BS-VI standards, the Maruti Alto 800 has been re-introduced to the Indian auto market in an improved avatar. The vehicle has got an updated styling, a BSVI-compliant version of the tried-and-tested 796cc engine, and a handful of additioanl safety features.
While the first BS6 vehicle to be launched by Maruti Suzuki is the Maruti Baleno, even the updated Maruti Alto 800 is one of the first-ever BSVI-models around. Recently, its deliveries commenced as the owner took the delivery of a white Alto 800 2019 amidst celebrations by the dealership. It may be noted that the Alto 800 is not only a top-selling model in its segment but is even among the highest selling cars in the country. This is one of the reasons why the largest Indian automaker has made a decision to upgrade the engine despite it requiring a massive investment instead of discontinuing it.
The first BSVI-compliant Maruti Alto 800 has been delivered to the first owner.
The most prominent upgrade in the new Maruti Alto 800 is the availability of the cleaner and the more refined petrol motor. While it is still the same 0.8-litre three-cylinder petrol unit which can produce 48 bhp against 69 Nm, its exhaust system has been updated, which results into a 25% reduction in the Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions. There's also an updated ECU. Thanks to these improvements, the Maruti Alto 800 has become the first ever entry-level hatchback in India to adhere to the BS-VI emission norms. Furthermore, the new Alto 800 hatchback also conforms to the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) requirements with 85% recyclable and 95% recoverable elements. The transmission duties on the car are undertaken by a 5-speed MT gearbox while the fuel mileage is 22.05 kmpl.
The new Alto 800 has also experienced some cosmetic alterations against the previous version with new exterior and interior features. To be more specific, on the outside, it comes with a newly designed grille in the front, redesigned bumpers and a more simple “Alto” badge instead of the “Alto 800” in the rear. Coming to the cabin, we can realize a new dual-colour paint scheme with Smart Play Dock infotainment system which supports Bluetooth connectivity, bottle holders and keyless entry, etc.
A wide range of new safety features has also been equipped on the Maruti Alto 800 as standard which includes driver’s airbag, driver and co-driver seatbelt warning, ABS with EBD, reversing sensors and speed warning system. These features have helped the new Alto 800 fully conform to the upcoming crash test norms.
A TVC of the new Maruti Alto 800 has been released.