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Maruti Suzuki Alto crossed an historic landmark by selling 35 lakh units as on February 2018.
The humble Maruti Alto is the highest-selling car for the carmaker, not just in India, but across the world.
The Alto is currently available with two engine options: 800cc and 1000cc, which are BS IV compliant.
The government of India as set a deadline for all cars to be BS VI compliant by 2020.
With the deadline approaching, Maruti Suzuki has begun developing BS VI compliant engine for its highest-selling car, the Alto.
According to Times of India, Senior Executive Director RS Kalsi said "The BSVI version of the Alto would be ready well before the (April) 2020 deadline."
Both the 800cc and the 1000cc petrol engines of the Alto will be developed to work on cleaner BS VI fuel, resulting in lower CO2 emissions.
The same engine is employed to power the Maruti Omni, WagonR, and the new Celerio.
Once these engines are BS VI compliant, other Maruti cars will be upgraded to newer and cleaner BS VI engines to comply with the stricter emission norms.
With the engines upgraded to BS VI norms, the price of the new Maruti Alto is expected to go by up to Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000.
Prices of the Maruti Alto currently begins from Rs 2.51 lakh to Rs 4.19 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
Mr RS Kalsi also said that there are no plans for a Maruti Alto electric version for now.
The reason is attributed to higher cost involved in developing the Alto electric in India and would be difficult to sync that with the Alto's entry-level pricing and positioning.
However, Maruti Suzuki will enter the electric car segment by launching an all-new vehicle in 2020.
The Maruti Alto was launched in India back in 2000; it continues to retain its market leadership in the entry-level car segment for 14 consecutive years.
As mentioned before, the Maruti Alto is available in 800cc and 1000c options. The 800cc petrol engine produces 47bhp and 69Nm of torque which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The 1000cc petrol engine develops 67bhp and 90Nm of torque and comes with the option of either a 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox.
DriveSpark's Thoughts About The New Maruti Alto BS VI Compliant Vehicle
Maruti Suzuki Alto is the highest-selling vehicle for the carmaker.
With the deadline just two away, the company is focusing on the right path by developing BS VI compliant engine for its bread and butter product.