Spied – Maruti Alto 800 facelift caught on test; Inspired by Celerio

Posted on: Apr 30, 2014 - 1:18pm IST

These spyshots, snapped by Motorbash reader, Mr. Anuj Kanojia, reveal that Maruti has started work on a refreshed Maruti Alto 800. Introduced in October 2012, the Alto 800 is Maruti’s best selling model, with monthly sales accounting for over 24,000 units (January-March 2014 period).

Maruti Alto 800 facelift spied
The Maruti Alto 800 is the top volume puller for the company and has been around since the festival season of 2012.

The test mules are identified as Alto 800s thanks to the shape of the rear door and the way the roof meets the door shutlines of the car. Based on the camouflaging present on these cars, we can report that Maruti designers have worked out a new headlight cluster which seems inspired by the recently-launched Celerio. The wing mirrors too are identical to the one’s used on the Celerio.

Maruti Alto 800 front three quarter
Maruti Alto 800 front three quarter image added for comparison.

The grille of the Alto 800 seems larger and gets a noticeable chrome strip. The front bumper is completely new and sports foglight housings which are not seen on the current Alto 800.

We do not expect any changes to the engine and gearbox of the refreshed Alto 800. A 796 cc three-cylinder engine develops 48 PS and 69 Nm of torque, and comes with a cable-operated 5-speed manual transmission. Maruti offers the hatchback in petrol and CNG variants and this should continue on the refreshed model as well. The Alto 800 needs new branding if at all the 1-liter K10B engine from the Alto K10/Celerio/ is dropped under its bonnet to form a new variant tier.

Maruti Alto 800 facelift spied grille
The Maruti Alto 800 facelift gets Celerio-inspired headlights.

The Alto 800’s dominance risks coming under threat with cars like the Renault XBA and Datsun Redi-Go launching next year.

[Images from Motorbash]

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11 thoughts on “Spied – Maruti Alto 800 facelift caught on test; Inspired by Celerio

  1. Dr. Nayak says:

    I think you guys are wasting your time on things that do not matter at the end of day! These cars are not safe at any speed and one should force Maruti to do something on this front, as lives of our near and dear once, will depend on this in case of an accident. As a market leader they can change this by simply adding safety equipment, and safety designs in their products as standard and the rest of the herd will follow.

  2. sid says:

    why cant it be the new k10 as in d next gen k10 based on the alto800?

  3. Nish says:

    The first car surely looks like to upcoming K10 with different styling vis a vis Alto 800.. The second car (behind the 1st one) looks like a face-lifted Alto 800 (as it has slightly different headlights and bumper with round fog lamp housing like the Celerio). Good job Maruti for overhauling the Alto brand for 2014.. We are looking forward eagerly for the New Alto K10 – The Pocket Rocket !!! Bring it on !!

  4. Ramesh says:

    I think I have to agree with people here who think that this is the new K10 and not the new Alto 800.

    I think Maruti may discontinue the present K10. Modify the Alto 800 body with new headlights and Grill, plonk the K10 engine in it a call it an All ‘new’ K10. Meanwhile the Alto 800 will continue to sell as it is at present.. So 800 cc – Alto 800 & 1000 cc K10 Engine – in this test car.

  5. sidhartha says:

    Hi Shravan,

    I do understand your logic and just wanted to add one thing when alto 800 was launched it was supposed to be a replacement for M800 and maruti killed two bird with one stone bye launching it as Alto 800. and since alto 800 is already with a relatively new styling ( than old alto) so y cant the same styling be used for an altogether new alto K10 as well.

    1. Yes, that is a possibility. The K10 itself is an Alto facelift, so I don’t imagine the K10 facelift to be drastically different.

  6. MS says:

    I think this car must be the new Alto K10. Looks aggressive and smart unlike the messed up design of Alto 800.

    1. Hi MS, look at the door frame. After a very detailed analysis we conclude that this is the Alto 800 and not the K10.

  7. Gaurav says:

    I think this is new Alto K10 not Alto800. Alto 800 is quite a new product but k10 desperately needs a refresh.

    1. Hi Gaurav, that’s a valid point, but this is not the Alto K10. You can compare the door and roof structure to understand this.

      1. Gaurav says:

        Great. This is even better if Maruti is trying to fix the ugly design of Alto 800 sooner than later. Looks much better than current generation from the front. Hope they improve it in all possible angles including interiors

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