New Maruti Alto 800 prices start at Rs 2.49 lakh – launched

With a starting price of Rs 2.49 lakh, the new Maruti Alto 800 has become the most affordable vehicle in its category. The vehicle's CNG variant is priced at Rs 3.70 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

By: | Updated: May 18, 2016 2:33 PM
2016 Maruti Alto 800 facelift The new Maruti Alto 800 is longer by 35 mm which translates into more cabin space. The interior, too, has been reworked.

Competition is finally heating up for Maruti in its traditional domain—the entry-level small car segment. Last year volumes for the Alto, the country’s largest selling car, stayed flat, with sales in March dropping 11.46%, to 22,101 units. The Renault Kwid, which was launched in October 2015, had notched up sales of 41,000 till March, with average monthly sales of 7,000-8,000 units. Next month, Renault’s alliance partner Nissan will launch another Alto competitor under its Datsun sub-brand—the car is called the redi-GO and it will be likely priced Rs 2.5-3.5 lakh.

The Indo-Japanese carmaker has now readied the new Maruti Alto 800 facelift and launched it at a starting price of Rs 2.49 lakh.  At this price, the Alto 800 petrol model has become the most affordable vehicle in its category. Its closest rival Renault Kwid's prices start at Rs 2.62 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Interestingly, Maruti is offering driver-stand airbag as an option across all variants. One needs to pay an extra sum of Rs 6,000 to get the driver-side airbag-equipped variant of any trim.

New Maruti Alto 800 Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)

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

Apart from cosmetic changes—headlamps, bumper and front grille have been redesigned, and there is a foglamp housing—Maruti has enhanced the car’s fuel-efficiency by 9%. The new Maruti Alto 800, the company claims, now returns a mileage of 24.77kpl. (The Kwid and redi-GO share their engine—799cc—which has a claimed mileage of 25.17kpl.)

READ | Datsun redi-GO vs Renault Kwid vs Maruti Alto 800 - Specifications Comparison

2016 Maruti Alto 800 facelift Interior

The new Alto 800 is longer by 35mm which translates into more cabin space. The interior, too, has been reworked. It gets new dark grey colour theme, rear seats come with integrated headrests, and both the seats and door trim get new fabric. The front passenger seat has a pocket, and all variants will get rear child lock. Internally-adjustable ORVMs are available from base variant onwards. The new Alto 800 will be available with driver airbag as an option from base variant onwards. The airbag is priced only Rs 6,000.

The car would has also been launched in CNG version which, the company claims, will return a mileage of 33.44 km per kg.  Available only on the LXI trim, the Alto 800 CNG variants are priced between Rs 3.70 lakh - Rs 3.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Maruti Alto 800 facelift 2016

2016 Maruti Alto 800 Key features:

—9% improved fuel-efficiency over the earlier version (from 22.74kpl to 24.77kpl)
—CNG variant will return a mileage of 33.44 km per kg (earlier 30.46 km per kg)
—Aero-Edge design, resulting in better aerodynamic performance
—Headlamps, bumper and front grille have been redesigned for sporty look
—Addition of front fog lamp housing, but fog lamps only available at the dealerships
—New 6.5-inch brake booster for better braking performance
—Increase in overall length by 35mm, resulting in more cabin space
—New dark grey interior colour, new door trim and seat fabric
—Rear seats with integrated headrests and adjustable ORVMs from base variant onwards
—Front co-passenger gets seat pocket, new utility space
—All variants to get rear child lock (on left door), remote keyless entry only in VXi
—Also available in new colours—Cerulean Blue and Mojito Green
—Driver airbag available as an option from base variant onwards (Only Rs 6,000)

Maruti Alto 800 2016 facelift ftont

Engine:

Improved high thermal efficiency gasoline engine, with low friction losses
Electronic throttle body for a peppier and smoother driving experience

2016 Maruti Alto 800 Fuel-efficiency:

Alto 800 Std petrol: 24.7kpl
Alto 800 LXi CNG (CNG mode): 33.44 km per kg
Alto 800 LXi CNG (Petrol mode): 23.25kpl

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