If there was an award for oldest car sold in our country right now, that title would belong to the Suzuki Alto. The current generation has been around been around worldwide since 1998, and other markets, ours included, have stuck to the same basic design for the past 21 years. All that is about to change soon, however.
It has been reported that Maruti Suzuki is working on the next-generation Alto. As our Altos are sourced from India, there is a possibility of it being offered it soon. And the wait won't have to be that long. According to the report, it could be revealed just before the end of 2019.
According to news magazine India Today, Suzuki is taking steps to bring the Alto into the modern age. Suzuki officials have mentioned that the Alto has 'become older, and we have to upgrade'. That means Suzuki is set to give it a new platform, engines, and most importantly, safety equipment.
So, what can we expect with the next-gen Alto. Indian Autos Blog reports that it will ride on a totally new platform, and is set to utilize the Heartect modular architecture. The Heartect chassis is currently being used on the all-new Swift and Ciaz, as well as the second-generation Ertiga. It will likely be shortened for the Alto as it slots below the Celerio in the Suzuki range.
Sources also claim that Suzuki is working hard to introduce a range of cleaner, more efficient engines. Specs are unknown at the moment, but it is likely that it will stick to the sub-1000cc formula. The turbocharged route is possible, but a bit far-fetched. Safety equipment is also said to be boosted, with anti-lock brakes fitted standard at the very least, with airbags and, perhaps, even stability control being included.