2022 Alto has been spied uncamouflaged during a TVC shoot, suggesting a festive season launch.
- Looks bigger than the current Alto, and draws some styling inspiration from the new Celerio.
- The interior will receive a complete overhaul with new feature additions.
- To continue with its 48PS 0.8-liter petrol engine, but could also get the 67PS 1-liter engine with the option of a 5-speed AMT.
A completely unmasked sighting of the 2022 Maruti Alto has been made. After ten years on the market, Maruti Suzuki is updating their entry-level hatchback, which has been one of their best-selling vehicles but is now very antiquated.
The new Alto appears to be larger than its predecessor. Like the S-Presso, it should be built on Maruti’s HEARTECT platform. The rear, with its rounded taillights, is reminiscent of the design of the new Celerio.
The spy photos show a taller car with larger, squared-off wraparound taillights, a sleeker bumper, and larger tyres. It’s a clear upgrade in quality over the current Alto 800 model.
The 2022 Alto’s cabin will also get a redesign, with a new colour scheme and updated trim. Some possible future upgrades include power rear windows, an electronic stability programme (ESP), hill-start aid, and audio controls on the steering wheel (both for the automatic variants). Central locking, dual airbags, and rear parking sensors are standard, as is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The next Alto will likely retain the same 48PS/69Nm 800cc gasoline engine as the outgoing model. We anticipate, however, that Maruti will also offer the new 1-liter petrol engine found in the S-Presso as an option for the hatchback.
The 67 horsepower, 3-cylinder gasoline engine features DualJet technology and an automatic idle start/stop mechanism. With this motor, the S-Presso could reach a maximum of 25.3kmpl, which is an improvement of 3.4-3.8kmpl compared to the previous generation Alto. Should the Alto receive the 1-liter engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission might follow behind. Like the previous generation, CNG will be an available fuel choice.
Prices for the 2022 Maruti Alto may start at about Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Since the vehicle was discovered during a TVC ad shoot, it is likely to go on sale this holiday season. In terms of pricing, it will be competitive with the Renault Kwid, its sole direct entry-level competitor.