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We’ve been skipping from one launch to another today, but the biggest development this week is the re-launch of India’s favorite small car – the Alto.

Maruti Alto 800 Mumbai launch with Mr. Shinzo NakanishiMaruti Alto 800 Mumbai launch

Maruti Alto 800 petrol variants, ex-showroom prices, Mumbai

  • Standard – 2,60,512 rupees
  • LX – 2,94,655 rupees
  • LXi – 3,17,279 rupees

Maruti Alto 800 CNG variants, ex-showroom Mumbai

  • Standard – 3,39,322 rupees
  • LX – 3,58,222 rupees
  • LXi – 3,77,174 rupees

The Maruti Alto 800 will not replace the currently selling Alto or the K10 variant, it an inclusion to the ever-growing small car stable of Maruti Suzuki. Between 2006-2011, the Alto was the best selling car in India. In 2010 and 2011, it was the best selling small car in the world, beating the likes of the VW Gol, Fiat Uno and the VW Golf.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 filmed inside-out

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It is based on the same platform, but what Maruti have done is improved the powertrain to return better mileage, power and torque figures.

Maruti Alto 800 front and rear fascia

How many cars do you spot? I see a Figo facelift, i20, JDM Alto and Estilo!

The cabin comfort has been improved with better rear leg room (15mm), better head room (roof placed at 15mm over the current model) and the car is 15mm wider.

Maruti Alto 800 front three quarter

Blue and the red are the two most refreshing colors on the Alto 800

The car’s length has been reduced by 20mm thanks to better engine room packaging.

Maruti Alto 800 front and rear

The Alto 800’s based on the same platform – its a new body on top of improved mechanicals

The car retains the city-friendly driving characteristics with the same ground clearance (160mm) and turning radius (4.2m). Maruti have tweaked the suspension settings to provide a better ride.

Maruti Alto 800 dashboard

The dashboard is completely new, features a more efficient design with noticeable improvement in quality, fit and finish

The powertrain is the same 796cc, 3cyl petrol mill, which now develops 2PS (48 PS) and 7 Nm (69 Nm) over the old Alto.

Maruti Alto 800 center console, vents and controls for A.C. and AudioMaruti Alto 800 cockpit and steering wheel

[Alto gets driver side airbag as an option for the first time in India, on the top-end LXi variant]

These may not sound like much, but Maruti has managed this and they’ve improved the fuel economy by 15%.

Maruti Alto 800 front seatsMaruti Alto 800 rear seat leg room

[Head room, rear leg room and car width have improved marginally]

At 22.74kmpl, the Alto takes back the crown of India’s most fuel efficient car in the high-end A Segment.

Maruti Alto 800 engine compartmentMaruti Alto 800 gear lever

[Engine consumes less fuel despite having higher outputs; 5-speed gearbox is the carried over and is claimed to shift using less effort]

Yes, the Nano is the baap of all fuel economy claims, with 25.3 kmpl, but it sits in a lower segment.

The Alto 800 sports an all-new body – there are arguments here on the design matching the Figo facelift’s, which is also our view. The design is a mash-up of existing successful cars and Suzuki’s bigger cars. The design could have been an original attempt, but did you note the prices?

Maruti Alto 800 rear seat

Maruti offers an option of grey or brown interior – another first on an Indian Alto

The two base variants of the Alto 800 are priced at 37k rupees, 23k rupees lower than the current model, while the top-end is 51k over the top-end variant which comes with features like power steering, air-conditioning, front power windows (comparing ex-showroom prices, Delhi).

Maruti Alto 800 brown interior

Here’s a look at the brown interior option, scroll up for the grey option

For a new design, new interior, better interior packaging and considerable gains in the economy front, the widest service network in India, tentatively the best resale value in its segment and a price range of 2.44-2.99 lakhs, can a car get any better in the A Segment?

The bettered Alto wins our vote, its certainly a front-running option for not only the second-car buyer, but also for a first time car buyer with a budget of 3-3.5 lakhs.

Maruti Alto 800 official images

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Maruti Alto 800 Brochure

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  • Sanjay Narsinghani

    I think there so much more to Alto 800 than that meets the eye. The interiors are fab. Lol and the comparison between figo and alto 800 is entirely unfair because they cater to very different customer segments

  • Rohan Khanna

    The entire comparison between ford Figo and maruti alto 800 is unfair. Figo is a bigger hatchback while maruti alto 800 caters to the smaller hatchback segment. The looks obviously cannot be the defining factor

    • sid

      i agree
      and also we are forgetting the very fact that the alto800s development began before the figi facelifts

  • http://www.indianautosblog.com Dhananjayan

    Interior is better than the Alto K10 and Etios!!
    But the exterior is seriously a blatant replica of the Figo facelift!!

  • mahesh

    sides are too plain.

  • Karuppaswamy.R

    It is difficult in the heavily competitive scenario in the segment to maintain individuality,but could’ve avoided the Figo facelift type.The veryfirst sight remembers Figo.

  • Mandar

    Finally, Maruti achieved better plastic quality in lower segment..

  • sri

    GraniteGrey with Black interiors are cool for this Segment and would prefer to get a gun metal finish alloys 12″ alloys on it and a beige seat covers so that it will look sporty and elegant and will be a perferct family city commuter.Hope this is almost near to K10 vxi ‘s on road chennai :) again maruthi have to rework on the k10 interiors and improve the quality else !!!
    Alto K10 should get this new interiors and colour options also a defogger-rearwiper,rear power windows so that it can be positioned between alto800 and Estilo/Astar

  • Ganesh

    The interior looks better than that of the Etios twins!!!

    • http://indianautosblog.com Shrawan Raja

      I agree!