Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest carmaker, is looking forward to regain some lost ground in the small-car segment with the launch of its new baby- the Maruti Alto 800- on Tuesday, October 16th. Priced about INR 2.5 to 3 lakhs (petrol version. The CNG version shall cost around INR 3-3.5 lakhs), the car is expected to lock horns with Tata Nano and Hyundai EON. The company is to replace the earlier Alto with the new Alto 800, to prevail over the harsh market conditions- what with the petrol price hikes and high interest rates. Apart from the slick design and better gear shift, Alto 800’s enhanced fuel efficiency (22.74 km/l — 15% more that the earlier model) is a major plus for the company, and it may be a potential factor attracting more customers.
The car arrives in six versions- three for petrol and three for CNG. While the petrol variant’s mileage is 22.74km/l, the CNG variant shall supposedly drive you for about 31 kilometers per liter. The new design ensures more leg-room for rear passengers. The car shall be available in six lively colors.
The car so far has found over 6500 potential customers in pre-launch booking, and going by the trend, the carmaker believes that they’ll kiss the big 10k by the launch.