It’s no secret that Suzuki is hard at work on the next-generation Alto 800 hatchback, which was slated to go on sale in the middle of 2021. However, the debut was postponed until after the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Japanese media, the next-generation Suzuki Alto will be unveiled in January of 2022. Suzuki, on the other hand, has yet to make an official announcement regarding this.

The new Suzuki Alto will ride on a beefed-up version of Suzuki’s lightweight HEARTECT platform, which also underpins the S-Presso and the new WagonR. In fact, the upcoming Celerio tall-boy hatchback will use the same underpinnings. A newly developed in-line 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine will reportedly power the hatchback, and it is expected to deliver better performance.

Adding to that, a mild-hybrid powertrain is also expected for the next-generation Suzuki Alto 800. Alto’s fuel efficiency will be even better with the SHVS mild hybrid system installed. It’s expected to be among the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.

The Brand New Alto 800 in India

Maruti Suzuki is rumoured to be planning to bring the next-generation Alto 800 hatchback to the Indian market by the middle of 2022. The hatch is currently undergoing evaluation. It’s likely to get a new look and a more comfortable interior. A boxy body style with short overhangs and increased height will characterise the next-generation Suzuki Alto, which is expected to feature a more airy interior. The grille, bumpers, headlights, and taillights will be completely redesigned, as well as the wheels.

Premium models are expected to come with a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Power windows, keyless entry, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, speed alert system, and reverse parking sensors are likely additions. A 48bhp, 769cc, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine is likely to be used in the new model. It may also be equipped with SHVS mild hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) engines.

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