After almost 4 years, the Maruti Alto 800 finally received an update in India earlier this week. Priced between Rs 2.49 lakh - Rs 3.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 2016 Maruti Alto 800 has received some cosmetic as well feature changes.
If you are making up your mind to buy the new Maruti Alto 800, we tell you how different is it from the old model.
1. A more competitive price range
Launched in the price range of Rs 2.49 lakh - Rs 3.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the new Maruti Alto 800 is about Rs 10,000 cheaper than before. Here's the price list of the new model
STD - Rs 2.49 lakh
STD (O) - Rs 2.55 lakh
LX - Rs 2.83 lakh
LX (O) - Rs 2.89 lakh
LXI - Rs 3.09 lakh
LXI (O) - Rs 3.15 lakh
LXI CNG - Rs 3.70 lakh
LXI CNG (O) - Rs 3.76 lakh
VXI - Rs 3.28 lakh
VXI - Rs 3.34 lakh
2. Longer but narrower in dimensions
Besides cosmetic changes, the new Maruti Alto 800 has also become about 35mm longer than the old model. As against the old model's 3395mm length, the updated model is 3430mm long. Having said that, the vehicle's width has been reduced by 25mm. Height, wheelbase and ground clearance remains intact.
Length – 3,430mm
Width – 1,490mm
Height – 1,475mm
Wheelbase – 2,360mm
Ground Clearance – 160mm
3. 9% more fuel-efficient than before
Though the new Alto 800 retains the same 796cc, three-cylinder, petrol engine that did duty in the pre-facelift model as well, it has been tuned to deliver better mileage. The new model is about 9 per cent more fuel-efficient than before with an ARAI-certified mileage of 24.7kmpl. The Alto 800's CNG variant too returns better mileage than the discontinued model. While the old model's CNG varint was claimed to return 30.4km/kg, the new one returns 34.44km/kg.
4. Improved exterior
While the side and rear profiles of the car remain largely identical to the old model, it's the front fascia that has gone through some significant changes. The small car receives revised headlights, fog lamps and its lower grille is made wider. The Indo-Japanese carmaker has also added two new colours to the lineup - Mojito Green and Cerulean Blue.
5. Updated interior
The new Maruti Alto 800's cabin too receives some changes in the form of newly-designed seat and door trim fabric. The rear seats now come with integrated headrest to offer improved comfort. The facelifted Alto 800 also gets rear door child lock and remote keyless entry.
Besides above-mentioned changes, the 2016 Maruti Alto 800 also receives driver-side airbag as an optional feature across all trim levels including the base variant. A buyer will have to pay an extra sum of Rs 6,000 to get the driver-side airbag on any variant.