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The Maruti Suzuki 800 was launched in India in 1983 and since then over 3 million of these hatches have been sold in the country. It was the largest selling car uptill 2004 after which it was overtaken by the Alto. In 1986 it received a full change and in 2005 it was made Euro III emission complian. There is an LPG version as well now and is 2009 it got Euro IVcompliant.

  • Year:
    2012
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    F8D
  • Transmission:
    5 Speed MT
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    48 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    51 @ 3500
  • Displacement:
    796 cubic inches
  • Price:
    INR 242775
  • body style:

2012 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

The leading car company in India, Maruti Suzuki has launched its Alto in a new form, the new Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. Alto 800 was the most hyped and awaited car which became the best seller in its segment as soon as it was launched in the Indian market. This hatchback has been manufactured keeping in mind the hike in the fuel prices in India as environment friendly fuel option is now available and an increased fuel efficiency of 15 per cent is offered which is quite impressive.

A total seven variants of Alto 800 have been launched and it has four models that run in petrol and three that runs in CNG option. This move made by Maruti has proved to be wise as Indian consumers rely upon those hatches which provide them with a total package of fuel efficiency, style and space of a car within their budget. Let us proceed further for more details.

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EXTERIOR

Alto 800 resembles a lot with Maruti A –Star and Ford Figo. At its front the signature chrome logo of Suzuki grabs the attention of the viewers which is placed on the nose of the car. The headlamps along with the indicators placed together in single slots are swept back as they are petal shaped. The front grille has a chrome finished single stylish horizontal slat that resembles a smiling face. The front body colored bumper of the car is sculpted.

The roof of the car has been designed as sloping downwards and wavy too, in short an elegant look has been provided to the looks of the car.
Moving towards the side profile of the car we will find some bold and long curves which must appeal to its buyers. Prominent wheel arches are flaunted by the sides of the car. The door handles are body colored and are easy to pull. The car is further supported by the 12 inch wheels with full cover.

The rear lamps of the car are jewel finished and thus looks stylish. The windscreen is large covering half of the rear. The rear of Alto 800 has been provided with simple and sober design. Overall, Alto 800 is a simple and stylish hatch.

INTERIOR

The interior of Alto 800 has been upgraded from its previous version, Alto. The car has much more space than before and for the first time it comes with dual color option of Brown and Grey. The center console of the car have AC vents placed, AC control knobs which are round in shape and music system. the dashboard of the car have been placed ergonomically. A digital clock has been added to the speedometer.

The steering wheel is 3 spoke, beige colored, has silver accents and the logo of Suzuki is embedded in the middle. The front windows of the car are electronically powered whereas the OVRMs are internally adjustable. The rear gates can be operated by remote that enables the enter and exit very smooth for the passengers. Alto 800 comes with a capacity to accommodate five persons at a time.

For storage purposes, there is glove box, a can holder and an one liter bottle holder too, large pocket on the door, coin holder, etc. The seats are comfortable and upholstery now have been upgraded to fabric. Both the front seats gets headrests integrated in them. The car provides ample legroom of 15mm as well as headroom of 15mm since the height of the car has been increased. The doors of the car has the silver accents on them which gives a premium look to the interior of the car. There is a decent boot space.

DRIVETRAIN

Maruti has provided Alto 800 with a 3 cylinder, 0.8 liter petrol mill, 796 cc engine that churns out a peak power of 47.5bhp at the rate of 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 69Nm produced at the rate of 3500rpm. The petrol variant provides a fuel efficiency of 22.74kmpl. The engine of the CNG variant comes with the Gas Port Injection technology , offering the consumers the same power and torque as that of the petrol variant. The fuel efficiency provided by the car is 30.46km/kg.

The engine of the Alto 800 has compliance with the emission norms and thus is environment friendly. The NVH has been lowered considerably than before. The car has an efficient 5 – speed manual transmission system which provides the driver of the car with smooth gear shifts and thus making the overall driving experience a fun and making the car best in the portfolio of Maruti Suzuki.

BRAKES AND SUSPENSION

Maruti Alto 800 has Disc brakes at its front and Drum for the rear. The company has taken special care in improving the suspension system of Alto 800. For the front wheels, they have chosen a gas – filled McPherson Strut which is coupled with torsion roll control device and for the wheels at the rear, Maruti has provided with a coil spring mechanism which is paired with gas filled shock absorbers with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arm. These features make the car perfect for Indian city roads.

SAFETY FEATURE

Maruti has used high strength steel that makes Alto 800 a sturdy and strong car with the ability to absorb all the accidental forces. There are seat belts provided for every passenger. The driver side air bag is optional. Further there are tubeless radial tires, collapsible steering columns, engine immobilizer, high mounted stop lamp, headlight leveling device and the last addition is the front and rear intermittent wipers with washing functions.

The advanced features like the ABS and EBD is however absent in new Alto 800. Alto 800 has the Disc - Drum brakes that provides the passengers with more safety.

PRICE

The base variant of the Alto 800 has been priced at Rs. 2, 42, 775 and the top end variant is priced at Rs. 3, 56, 775 (Ex Showroom Delhi).

COMPETITION

Alto 800 faces competition with the other hatches like that of Hyundai Eon and Chevrolet Spark in the Indian market. These are the few cars which one may buy under almost the same price tag of the Alto 800. This gives a hint of a less competitive market for Alto 800.

Alto 800 Hyundai Eon Chevrolet Spark
ENGINE TYPE F8D SOHC SMARTECH, MPFI, (DDLI)
POWER 48 PS @ 6000 rpm 56Ps @ 5500rpm 63Ps @ 5400rpm
DISPLACEMENT 796 cc 814 cc 995 cc
TRANSMISSION 5 Speed MT 5-Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual

CONCLUSION

Alto 800, the redesigned version of Alto by Maruti Suzuki has all the basic features within a fair price which is desirable by any Indian family. Though the looks of this car has been borrowed from other cars but it looks quite attractive than before. There is more space inside unlike before. The most important part which must be mentioned is the new fuel efficiency and the dual fuel options. The car now consists of the following :

Wavefront design - Sloping window lines with a swaying roof. Petal shaped headlamps with stylish grille and bumper. Jewel-finish rear combination lamps
Fresh and spacious interiors - extra head and shoulder room in front with extra legroom at the back. Intelligently packaged slim doors
Easy Drive and handling Cable Type Gear Shift Mechanism for smooth gear shifting. Detent Pin Technology (DPT) Diagonal Shift Assist (DSA)
Safer Drive The Alto 800 comes with optional driver side air-bag Alto 800 uses high strength steel that provides for better protection.

Driving and handling has been made easier. Maruti Suzuki has packed all these features into an reasonable price tag also the overall performance of the car have been very good and perhaps this are the reasons with which Alto 800 have won the hearts of the Indian customers.

QUOTES

“While Maruti Suzuki’s brand name is more than enough to keep the Alto’s sales flying high, we were hoping for a vastly improved Alto to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Eon. However, the changes to the Alto are more than welcome and the refreshed exteriors, new dashboard, marginally more space, slightly more eager engine and better quality of plastics is enough to justify the Rs. 30,000/- price hike which is expected on the new Alto.” - MotorBeam.com

“In reality, the Alto’s road manners are at acceptable levels and will keep the masses happy. Behaviour is predictable and the handling is safe enough, with no nasty surprises. The Alto is agile and a lot of fun to throw around at low - mid speeds. The small 4.6 meter turning radius is a boon, with the Maruti feeling as easy as a toy to drive within urban India.” - TEAM-BHP.com

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Press Release

Car market leader Maruti Suzuki unveiled its best seller Alto in an all new form ‘Alto 800’ here today. New Alto 800 sports a fresh look, is roomier, is over 15 per cent more fuel efficient and is even better “geared” for city conditions.
At the launch, Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director & CEO Maruti Suzuki India said, “The all new Alto 800 is an expression of our gratitude to all those customers who posed deep confidence into this model. Known for the defining values in the entry segment in India, customers’ love for Alto has made it India’s top selling car for eight years. The new Alto 800 promises to be even more significant with its stunning new looks, refined driveability combined with superior fuel efficiency of 22.74 kmpl. The availability of CNG variants adds to Alto 800’s attraction. We are sure new Alto 800 will be cherished by the value conscious customers across India.”

Maruti Suzuki along with its vendors have invested over Rs 470 Crore towards developing the Alto 800.

Alto 800 will be manufactured at Company’s state-of-the-art Gurgaon facility and will be available in 3 Petrol variants and 3 factory fitted CNG variants. Additionally, driver airbag will be available as an optional feature.

More mileage in petrol, more options in CNG

At 22.74 kmpl the fuel efficiency of the Alto 800, is up by a whopping 15 per cent. This has been possible with focused efforts in engine engineering. Major factors that have helped increase the fuel efficiency are increased compression ratio and improved volumetric efficiency. These are achieved through significant improvements in engine intake systems. The use of new generation engine and transmission lubricants helps to reduce frictional losses and further to enhance performance.

In the CNG range, branded ‘Green’, the patented intelligent Gas Port Injection (i-GPI) technology which comes as a factory fitment, achieves a fuel efficiency of 30.46 km/ kg on the new Alto 800 Green, an improvement of over 13 per cent compared to the outgoing Alto Green.

The i-GPI technology offers more power and a peppier ride experience along with reliability and safety as compared to the aftermarket CNG fitment.

New Wavefront design

Alto 800 comes with a characteristic Wavefront design that goes perfectly with an entry level car that enjoys wide appeal. The elegant and smooth long curves and the prominent wheel arches add volume to the side stance.

Fresh & Spacious Interiors

With enhanced head room, shoulder room and utility space the New Alto 800 comes across as a roomier model. Ingress and egress is easier. In addition, with the scooped out back of the front seat, the rear leg room is enhanced by over 15 mm.

The initial test drive reports on Ertiga have complemented its car like ride and handling capabilities while offering UV like space, and power, performance, fuel efficiency.
Smooth handling and ease of drive

The all new Alto 800 will be a driver’s delight. A refined engine that delivers a torque of 69Nm @ 3500 rpm, improved by 11 per cent, will prove valuable for city driving that requires better pick-up and frequent gear changes.
The new cable shift transmission with detent-pin technology and a Diagonal Shift Assist lead to precise gear shifting to make driving much smoother and more convenient.
The suspension of the Alto 800 has been better tuned for optimum performance on Indian roads.

Colours

Designed with a ‘Solid-Metallic’ look, the new Frost Blue colour perfectly complements the refreshing exteriors of the Alto 800. The colour line-up spans a wide range of six colours. In addition, Alto 800 offers a choice of two interior colour schemes "Cool Grey or Brown”.
Colour Range Interior options
Frost Blue Superior White Silky Silver Grey or Brown
Granite Grey Blazing Red Torque Blue Grey

Alto 800 in Frost Blue, Superior White and Silky Silver colours will have two options of Grey and Brown interiors. The Granite Grey, Blazing Red and Torque Blue body colours come with Grey interiors.

Product Specifications

Length 3395 mm Engine displacement 796 cc
Width 1490 mm Torque 69 Nm @ 3500 rpm
Height 1475 mm Power 48 PS @ 6000 rpm
Wheelbase 2360 mm 0 60 kmph 6.4 Sec
Turning radius 4.6 meters Kerb Weight (range) 695 725 kg
Ground Clearance 160 mm Boot Space 177 litres

New Alto 800 – Introductory Prices (Ex-showroom Delhi)

Petrol Std. Rs.244,000
LX Rs.276,500
LXi Rs.299,000
CNG Std. Rs.319,000
LX Rs.337,000
LXi Rs.356,000
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