Sunday, 30 September 2012

All New Alto 800 Set to launch On 16th October

Maruti has started online promotions of its latest small car Alto 800 where one can book the car well in advanced. The new car will be launched on the 16th of October.  The new Alto 800 is very important for India’s largest maker which has seen a lot of downs in the last 2 years due to labour problems and increasing competition. The Alto will be launched in 6 variants in total in seven shades. The customers also get a choice to choose between petrol and CNG fuel option.

The Alto 800 will be powered by the same F8 engine but has been extensively modified to improve performance and return a high mileage of 22.7 kmpl. The three cylinder engine is mated to a five speed manual transmission and develops 47.5 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 69 Nm of Torque @ 3500 rpm. To make downs shifts smoother, the company has a new DSA (down shift assist) mechanism incorporated into the gearbox along with the new DPT (Detent Pin Technology).

The Alto 800 has a lot of changes under the hood. There is a new plastic intake system (the older one was aluminium), a new lighter crankshaft, a new cylinder head, new piston rings and a new gearbox. All this combined boosts the output to 48PS and 69Nm which is an 11 per cent increase from the previous model. Maruti is also claiming a fuel economy of 22.7kmpl. The engine feels much smoother and more linear than before. There is ample low down torque and the typical three cylinder judder when starting from standstill has been eliminated. The car also feels much quicker than the older one.

Maruti expects the car to do the same magic like the Swift and will look at sales of 20,000 units plus per month. We can expect aggressive pricing from the company with a starting price of Rs. 2-2.15 lakhs. All eyes will be set for the prices which will be unveiled on the 16th of October.

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