Becomes the first entry-level hatchback with a BS 6 engine and a passenger airbag option

  • Offered in three variants; gets a price hike ranging between Rs 23,000 to Rs 27,000.
  • Power and torque remains the same; at 22.05kmpl, fuel efficiency drops by 2.65kmpl.
  • Gets driver airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, speed alert, and seatbelt reminder for driver and co-driver as standard.
  • Passenger airbag offered as standard on top-spec variant; optional on other two variants.
  • Exterior gets subtle revisions; interior gets a new dashboard layout.
  • Gets a new Bluetooth enabled audio system with a mobile dock.

Maruti Suzuki has launched the 2019 Alto with various mechanical as well as cosmetic updates. Thanks to the updates, The Alto 800 has become the second car from Maruti’s portfolio to get a BS 6 engine. The first car to receive the BS 6 treatment was the Baleno, which also received a new mild hybrid petrol engine yesterday. With this launch, the entry-level Maruti hatchback has also given up the ‘800’ suffix that was attached to it for the better part of a decade. Here’s what it costs now.

Variants Old Price New Price Difference
Std Rs 2.67 lakh Rs 2.94 lakh Rs 27,000
Std (O) Rs 2.73 lakh Rs 2.97 lakh Rs 24,000
LXi Rs 3.25 lakh Rs 3.50 lakh Rs 25,000
LXi (O) Rs 3.31 lakh Rs 3.54 lakh Rs 23,000
VXi Rs 3.44 lakh Rs 3.71 lakh Rs 27,000
VXi (O) Rs 3.50 lakh NA

The most noteworthy update comes in the form of a new BS 6 compliant 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces the same 48PS of power at 6500rpm and 69Nm of torque at 3500rpm. However, the claimed fuel efficiency figure of the updated engine has dropped from 24.7kmpl to 22.05kmpl.

The most noteworthy update comes in the form of a new BS 6 compliant 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces the same 48PS of power at 6500rpm and 69Nm of torque at 3500rpm. However, the claimed fuel efficiency figure of the updated engine has dropped from 24.7kmpl to 22.05kmpl.

The 2019 Alto is longer than the outgoing car by 15mm; this could probably be due to the redesigned bumpers. The overall height and length, on the other hand, remain unchanged. On the inside, it now comes with a new dashboard layout which features a dual-tone theme. The dashboard is a straight lift from the Alto K10. Additionally, the top-spec Alto VXi gets Maruti Smart Play Dock with Bluetooth connectivity which utilises your smartphone as a touch interface for picking calls, music, navigation and more. Maruti has also added a new Uptown Red colour which replaces the previous Blazing Red in the Alto’s colour palette.

The Maruti Alto rivals the Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO armed with their 800cc engines. Currently, it is the only car in its segment that offers a BS 6 petrol engine as well as an optional passenger airbag. Despite the price hike, the Alto is still priced at par with its rivals.

Maruti Alto (800cc) Renault Kwid (0.8L) Datsun redi-GO (0.8L)
Prices (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs 2.93 lakh – Rs 3.71 lakh Rs 2.71 lakh – Rs 3.89 lakh Rs 2.67 lakh – Rs 3.75 lakh