All New 9th Gen Suzuki Alto Unveiled
After a long wait, the 9th generation Suzuki Alto has been finally revealed for the Japanese market. This will replace the 8th gen model which is around since 2014. The development of 9th gen Alto received multiple hiccups primarily due to the pandemic as well as the global semi-conductor shortfall. However its now ready to replace its predecessor and will go on sale towards the first quarter of 2022.
In terms of design the 9th gen Alto retains the boxier styling of the 8th gen model but adapts more roundish appearance. The fascia comes with a large trapezoidal headlamps, and a smaller front grille with a chrome bar placed between the headlamps. The new Alto gets bigger window glasses for airy feel, more upright A-pillars as well as pull-up type door handles. Towards the back, the 9th gen Suzuki Alto gets new tailgate, new wrap-around tail-lights, rear windshield wiper and an indented bumper. The Alto rides on 7-spoked alloy wheels and comes in dual-tone exterior color combinations as well.
Inside there is an all-new interior which is better equipped than the previous model. The center console has a small infotainment system, vertically-stacked air con vents, new AC buttons, etc. It also gets a new multi-functional steering wheel with controls for audio and Bluetooth telephony. Besides this, there are one-piece seats up front and a bench styled seat at the rear with adjustable headrests, just like the outgoing model.
The 9th generation Alto is based on the improved version of the lightweight HEARTECT platform, which also underpins the new Wagon-R, S-Presso and the latest Celerio which recently made its debut in India. However, the biggest addition for the new Suzuki Alto will be active driver’s assists under Suzuki Safety Support, which includes lane departure warning, high-beam assist and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and forward collision avoidance.
Being a kei car, the 9th gen Alto will continue to be powered by 660cc, three-cylinder petrol engine, but this time it will get SHVS mild-hybrid technology, with an integrated started generator (ISG) and a small lithium-ion battery pack to store energy. According to Suzuki, the light-weight body, along with the SHVS mild hybrid system will further improve the overall fuel efficiency of the Alto, which will make it one of the most fuel efficient cars in its category. However Suzuki hasn’t revealed other details such as power figures, fuel economy and gearbox options as of yet. Still, one can expect the transmission options to be carried over from the 8th gen model.
Pak Suzuki introduced the 8th gen model here in 2019 which is currently enjoying the status of the bestselling car of the country. Now with 9th gen Alto making its debut, we will have to wait to see when the new Alto is going to make its way here. But looking at things its highly unlikely for Pak Suzuki to launch the latest model so soon, better still we can always get our hands on the 9th generation Alto, thanks to used-JDM imports.