Pakistan Suzuki is getting ready to introduce a 660cc version of the Alto even as there is a push in the country for 'Assemble in Pakistan' from the auto industry.
The Japanese automaker will reportedly replace the 800cc Mehran to make way for the Alto 660cc model. Suzuki has been urged by the Senate Standing Committee on Industries and Production to fit the new car with safety features considered standard across the globe.
The Pak Suzuki Motor Company Limited will also introduce the imported Celerio 1,000cc, Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV and the 1,300cc Ciaz sedan by 2017. The company might assemble the vehicles in the country.
The Suzuki Alto vehicle is powered by the 660cc 3-cylinder engine or the option of a turbocharged engine as well. The mill is either mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or the CVT automatic gearbox.
The 2016 Suzuki Alto 660cc will come with features such as electric windows, manual or auto AC, start/stop button, and keyless entry, heated front seats, electric mirrors, and music system with Aux-in.
Suzuki offers this model in the two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive as well in Japan. There is confirmation what Pakistan will get though.
Should India get one of these? Well, with the competition of Renault Kwid, the latest information is that Maruti Suzuki is working on an all-new Alto model for the country.
The company said the new Alto will be sportier and could be developed as a crossover vehicle.
Maruti is expected to introduce the new Alto possibly by 2019 and not earlier than that. The company wants to rehaul its bread and butter model as the sales have been dwindling in the recent past due to competition from the Kwid.