The recently launched Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has literally taken the entry level hatchback segment by storm. It has not just carried forward the legacy enjoyed by the Alto brand name in India but has also been successful in carving out a new identity for itself.
The new Alto 800, despite the insipid exterior styling, is flying off the shelves and has been giving sleepless nights to rivals. Future would have been bright for the small wonder from Maruti had there been no Tata Nano diesel to worry about.
The Tata Nano hasn’t really gone down too well with the Indian car buying lot but Tata is betting big on the upcoming diesel variant which, in all probability, will offer stellar fuel economy.
AutocarPro says that Maruti Suzuki will come up with a new 800cc turbo diesel engine in late 2013/early 2014 and we feel that this engine has good chances of finding a home in the Alto 800 small car.
This engine is being developed by Suzuki, Japan and equipped with the new oil burner, the Alto 800 will be a MSIL’s answer to the Tata Nano Diesel.
Maruti seems to be having another winner in his hands. What say?