Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Maruti Suzuki Alto

The Maruti Suzuki Alto is one of the most popular cars and highest selling cars in the small car segment in India. It is available in three variants: Maruti Suzuki Alto Standard, Maruti Suzuki Alto LX and Maruti Suzuki Alto LXi which are BSIII and BS IV compliant. For anyone looking for an automobile that delivers optimal performance, the Maruti Suzuki Alto can be the optimal choice.

The Alto has just the right compact dimensions and muscular built that makes it the leader on Indian roads. Maintenance and fuel economy do not pose as problems while owning an Alto. No wonder the Indian crowd, especially the middle class, loves this car. The Alto has not remained the same ever since its debut. As per the prospective buyers' needs, Maruti Suzuki upgraded the automobile.

The Alto has undergone a couple of minor enhancements in the exteriors as well as the interiors. It has received a new athletic grille and a much more generous bumper. It also got itself painted in two more cool colours, Caribbean Blue and Wine Red. Below the hood of this new car is a powerful 796cc motor.

This engine can stir up 46.3 bhp and a maximum torque of 62 Nm. A 5-speed, all synchromesh, manual transmission is standard in the Alto. The Maruti Suzuki Alto car comes in both petrol and CNG versions. The front suspension has a McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device. The rear of the car flaunts coil spring gas-filled shock absorbers with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arms.

The ride quality is enjoyable and comfortable. The steering, at times, is spongy though. The stiff suspension takes all the bumps to itself without sending across a harsh message of the rough roads to the occupants. The quick responsive brakes and stiff chassis give the Alto its marvellous driving character.


Though the Alto is based on Maruti Suzuki WagonR's platform, it has an identity of its own. A stout front bumper, a striking front grille and a bold Maruti Suzuki badge are among the new design cues on the front fascia. Compared to the Zen, this car has slightly cramped interiors. The legroom at the back is lesser, but the headroom is generous. Seats are sufficiently comfy. The instrument console is very handy. There is ample boot space in the car. The car maker has well thought of before giving importance to practicality more than beauty.

Though considered to be a basic car, the Alto has plenty of features in the interiors including a super cool A.C., an electronic power steering, and fitting cup holders. The car comes equipped with fabric seats, a moulded carpet, a luggage compartment carpet, cabin lamp, an electronic tripmeter, a floor front console with cup holders, a floor rear console, a glove box and front door pockets. This automobile is high on safety too. There are side impact door beams, a child safety lock, clear lens headlamps, rear caps, a collapsible steering column, a high rigid monocoque frame made of high tensile steel, front and rear seat belts, booster assisted brakes and rear seat head restraints.