The all-new, brand-new, locally manufacturedSuzuki Alto 2019 is trending high on searches. Presently in its 8th generation, the Japanese kei car Alto was first introduced in 1979 as a commercial use variant of Fronte passenger car by Suzuki Motor Corporation.
As people are still hesitant to say goodbye to Mehran – one of the best seller, low-end Suzukisthat boasts a long and prestigious history spanning over 30 years in the country –Pak Suzuki has announced the launch of the 660cc Alto in first quarter of 2019. Meanwhile, as Alto is going to be introduced as a replacement of Mehran, the latter shall be discontinued on the ultimate launch of the former.
Alto vs Mehran – What’s the Difference?
Purported to be launched as a replacement of Mehran, Alto is expected to give something better to the Suzuki fans who might be disappointed over the discontinuation of the 800cc family travelling companion. Let’s have a look at what’s the difference between the two.
Power & Fuel Efficiency:
While Mehran is an 800cc vehicle, the upcoming Alto is going to be a 660cc car. The small gap in piston displacement does not make a big difference in terms of overall power and performance. However, it does make a big difference when it comes to the fuel economy. The 660cc segment has recently captured greater attention of the buyers as the fuel prices are rising globally. In other words, the Alto is expected to offer a significantly better fuel efficiency than its departing sibling.
With a set of additional tech specs, Alto will fare much better in terms of comfort, convenience and luxury. For example, it carries the specs like power windows, power steering, and air bags (for driver and passenger) not found in Mehran. Other new additions include the keyless entry system, power door locks, central locking system, remote boot/fuel-lid, steering adjustment, rear defroster, defogger (rear), and so on.
Measuring low on displacement, the all-new Alto performs better on dynamics. It has got a bold, muscular stature as compared with its outgoing sibling. The stylish curves and curvatures on the body further beautify and add to its grace.
While the auto industry gurus are predicting bright prospects for the upcoming locally manufactured Alto, the car will open its eyes in the new market with staunch rivals ready to pounce on it.
The direct rivals of Alto include:
- Daihatsu Cuore
- Daihatsu Move
- Honda N One
- Suzuki Wagon R
- Daihatsu Mira ES
- Suzuki Every Wagon
- Honda N Box
- Daihatsu Copen
- Honda Life
- Toyota Pixis, etc
As you can see in the above list, four of the Alto rivals are from Daihatsu alone which is a sub-brand of Toyota Motors Japan. The N One, N Box and Life from Honda may also give it a tough time for survival and success in the market. Meanwhile, Suzuki’s other brands like Every Wagon and Wagon R also eying the upcoming smart beauty for dominance.
Though the Suzuki Alto 2019 price in Pakistan has not yet been unveiled, it is expected to be an economical car at least at the time of its introduction into the market. And it would be a wise step on the part of the manufacturer to make the buyers warmly welcome the new entrant.