Maruti Suzuki has given its bestselling car, the Alto 800, a much-needed update. The facelifted Alto 800 has been priced at Rs 2.49 lakh for the base variant and Rs 3.34 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi) for the top-spec model. In this refreshed avatar, the Alto 800 also claims a 9 per cent improvement in efficiency.
Maruti Suzuki commenced sale of the Alto in 2000 and since then the car has already registered sales of over 30 lakh units. Even today, the Alto is unrivalled in terms of its annual sales numbers and has been the highest selling car in India for the last 12 years. Maruti has given the Alto 800 a facelift even though it didn’t require one owing to its consistently impressive sales numbers.
Although the alterations are very minor, there are some obvious changes that make the car look a lot more aggressive than before. The front bumper and grille combination is completely new. The older grille has been replaced by a slimmer one with the logo mounted below it on the bumper itself. The new Alto 800 also gets a provision for fog lamps that is well integrated. The lower half of the bumper houses a large intake, which as compared to the last generation car has been inverted to make it look more aggressive. The new Alto also features slight upgrades to the headlamps along with new bright shades of blue and green being added to the range.
The facelifted Alto 800 also gets a more fuel efficient engine as compared to the one it had before. At 24.7kmpl, the 800cc motor is nine per cent more frugal than it was in its previous state of tune. The CNG version too shows an improvement of over ten per cent when compared to its predecessor with a fuel economy figure of 33.44kmpl. That said, the engine still makes 48PS of peak power and 69Nm of peak torque.
Other features include a remote keyless entry option in the top-of-the-line model and updated interior upholstery across the range. Maruti Suzuki has also made the driver airbag an optional extra for all the variants and the base model now gets two ORVMs as standard instead of just one.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 ex-showroom Delhi prices:
STD – Rs 2.49 lakh
STD (O) – Rs 2.55 lakh
LX – Rs 2.83 lakh
LX (O) – Rs 2.89 lakh
LXi – Rs 3.09 lakh
LXi (O) – Rs 3.15 lakh
LXi CNG – Rs 3.70 lakh
LXi CNG (O) – Rs 3.76 lakh
VXi – Rs 3.28 lakh
VXI (O) – Rs 3.34 lakh