Featuring yet another ‘People’s Car’ of India, the all new 2012 Maruti Alto 800 has finally hit the Indian markets. This latest hatchback from the stables of Maruti Suzuki India has registered a record-breaking booking figure of over 21,000 units in the first few weeks of its launch. This proves that the Indo-Japanese marquee has achieved great heights with the Indian masses since its inception.
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Maruti Suzuki India, established in the year 1981 came into being when the Japanese auto-giant Suzuki Motor Corporation entered into a joint venture with the Indian company called Maruti Udyog Limited. Maruti 800 was a much successful hit in the Indian market and there was no looking back for the company ever since. After about 3 decades this flagship car has given way to the spanking new model of Alto 800.
Alto 800 comes in a fleet of 7 variants, 4 petrol and 3 CNG powered models. The vehicle gives out good options of being cost-effective and environment-friendly fuel option for the buyers. The improved features when compared to that of the earlier Maruti 800, this car are very advanced and has been made keeping in consideration the new gen demands.
The car looks smarter and sportier than ever before. The front fascia gets a complete overhaul, and flaunts a two-part radiator front grille. The upper and sleeker part of this grille carries the MSI badge in the center and is lined with a strip of chrome running across it giving it a classy look. The side profile comes with body-coloured door-handles, sturdy-looking wheels and a pair of smooth deep lines across the surface of the car. The rear end has a large wind screen covers a major part there, with the body-toned bumper and the smartly-designed taillamp cluster adding a stylish touch to the view.
The interiors of the car are spacious and equipped with comfortable seat for a group of five people. There is a newly-designed modernistic dashboard with a stylish V-shaped panel mounted in the centre. Other predominant features in the interiors front are highly responsive power steering, the front power windows with switches placed near the central console, the driver side storage space and the digital clock. There is also a very efficient air-conditioning unit that comes paired with dial-type climate control system, along with a number of storage areas like a large glove box and bottle holders which come in very handy during long journeys.
A peppy F8D, 3-cylinder, 12-valve, 796cc engine is installed in this vehicle, which comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The petrol engine of Alto delivers a fabulous fuel-economy of 22.74kmpl, while its CNG counterpart works with a remarkable fuel-efficiency of 30.46kmpl. Overall Alto 800 could be considered as an ideal replacement for Maruti 800. Additionally the competitive price tag that this comes with makes it an even more welcoming.