Maruti Suzuki is working over to introduce a brand-new 800cc entry-level model that might come as a replacement of the Alto.
Earlier this year, we informed you that Maruti Suzuki is working over a range of new products for the Indian auto market. Interestingly, what we know is that the country’s largest carmaker is working on an all-new 800cc entry-level hatcback that is set to be unveiled in 2021.
Sources suggest that the upcoming 800cc entry-level model by Maruti Suzuki will come to replace the existing Alto hatchback. The latter has been around the market since 2012. Maruti's new 800cc entry-level car is likely to be built on Suzuki’s HEARTECT-K platform that also underpins the outgoing S-Presso. That being said, it will draw power from a BS6-compliant 800cc motor that will likely be churning out 47 BHP of peak power and 69 Nm of max torque. Expect the car to be offered with both manual and AMT versions.
While the exterior details of the Maruti 800cc entry-level model are still under the wraps, it is anticipated to be loaded with some modern features to compete against the Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi-GO. Features like Suzuki’s SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, power windows, dual-front airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, seatbelt reminder, high-speed warning, and reverse parking sensors will also be offered.
The exact launch timeline of the new Maruti 800 is not yet revealed but it is likely to arrive in 2021. The company is also readying an electric hatchback based on the Wagon R, which is set to come in around the same time. Recently, spy shots of the new Wagon R EV have emerged online as well.
According to some recent reports, Maruti Suzuki is also contemplating to re-introduce the BS6-compliant diesel-powered models in the market. Rumours suggest that Maruti Suzuki s working over to launch the Vitara Brezza, Ertiga, Ciaz, and XL6 with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre diesel engine. Also, Maruti is currently penning down a plan of introducing a mid-size crossover that will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.