Suzuki Alto has always enjoyed a healthy market share in developing countries mainly due to its economic price and fuel economy. It was introduced in Pakistan in 1979 and instantly became popular. Initially known as Suzuki FX, it was the cheapest car in the market and came with three engine configurations: 539cc T5B, 543cc F5A, and 796cc F8B.
The second generation Alto was introduced in 1984, five years after the first one. It featured some upgrades in transmission and came with three new transmissions: 4/5 Speed Manual, 2 Speed Automatic, and 3 Speed Automatic. The base 539cc T5B engine was removed, and Alto featured several other improvements, which led it to earn the badge of being the most powerful Kei-car of its time with 64Hp.
The third-generation Suzuki Alto was launched in 1988, exactly four years after the 2nd generation. This generation featured some major changes, such as a sliding door in the 4-seater Alto and a 660cc engine which became a standard for all the generations to come.
The fourth-generation Suzuki Alto was released in the market in 1994. The sliding door was discontinued in this generation, but the exterior design remained the same. The original 543cc engine option was also discontinued. Later in March 1995, Suzuki introduced Alto SV. It was branded as the special fuel economy model and came with some modern features such as an air conditioner, power steering, ABS, and audio system.
The fifth-generation Suzuki Alto was introduced in 1998 and had an appealing design. With this model, Suzuki introduced the CVT transmission along with the automatic and manual transmission options. This generation also had larger dimensions than the previous generations and had a lot more weight. This generation was produced all the way until 2012 when due to some technical reasons, the company had to stop production.
Introduced in 2004, the sixth generation Alto was a failure. Its design was edgy and boxy and not at all appealing. This generation also did not have the turbocharged versions and had a limited engine choice of 660cc K6A engine. However, it came with several new features such as a UV glass panel, rear camera, infotainment system along with the standard equipment, etc.
The 7th generation Suzuki Alto tried to make amends with a highly improved design. The new exterior was curvier and housed a lot of modern features such as traction control and eco mode. The new Alto focused on improving fuel consumption, and its FWD with CVT variant gave an impressive mileage of 24.5 km/l.
The 8th generation Suzuki Alto was introduced in 2014 and came with a retro-style design. It has jam-packed features such as keyless entry, push-start technology, traction control, vehicle stability control, seven airbags, collision alert, and retractable side mirrors. It also came with Alto RS, a turbocharged variant with bigger wheels. The car set a new example with its exceptional fuel consumption of 37 km/l.
In December 2021, Suzuki launched the 9th generation, Suzuki Alto. It has a boxy design and comes with larger dimensions. It is also expected to have several modern features. It also comes with new engine options, with the base variant having an in-line 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated 660cc petrol engine and the upper variants having a mild hybrid system.
It comes in three variants, VX, VXR, and VXL.
Suzuki Alto Exterior
The new Suzuki Alto comes with a boxy design that has aerodynamic curves and lines. The car has an exterior that is pleasing to the eyes. The front of the Alto sports a new grille with broad vertical lines. The rear has a stylish spoiler which gives the car a modern look. The VXL variant also comes with retractable mirrors.
Suzuki Alto Interior
The Alto 2022 has a single tone interior color in the VX and VXR variants, while the interior of VXL is dual-toned. The car supports keyless entry and has a security system and immobilizer for better security. The air conditioner is not available in the base variant but comes as a standard feature in VXR and VXL. The heating system, front defroster, side demister, antenna, and power steering are available in all the variants.
The car comes with standard features such as assist grips, cabin lights, 2 drink holders in the front, and 2 in the back. Power windows are available only in the VXL variant. The VX variant has a 1 Din audio system without any speakers, the VXR has a 2 Din audio system with 2 front speakers and the VXL has an MP5 touch screen with 2 front speakers.
The VXR and VXL variants come with dual airbags and a front seat-belt force limiter while all the variants have high mounted stop lamp, front disc brakes, childproof rear door locks, and central door locks. The instrument panel displays low fuel warning lamp, accessory socket, door ajar warning light, and dial-type climate control.
The 5-door vehicle has a 0.6 liter 658 cc engine in all variants. All the variants are 2WD with the VX and VXR having 5-speed manual transmission and VXL having AGS transmission.
The Suzuki Alto 2022 has an estimated mileage of 16 to 20 km/l.
Alto is an age-old name in the Pakistani market and is popular for its cheap spare parts. By now, all the mechanics are well aware of the repairing and maintenance techniques of this vehicle. So, the maintenance of Alto 2022 is very convenient.
Alto Ride & Handling
Suzuki Alto 2022 provides a nimble ride due to its small size and light weight. The car is easy to maneuver and has minimal body roll thanks to its increased ground clearance and wide wheelbase. Alto is popular due to its easy handling and its ability to perform well on all kinds of tracks and terrains.
Suzuki Alto 2022 competes with Suzuki Mehran, Daihatsu Mira, Nissan Dayz, United Bravo, and Prince Pearl in the Pakistani market.
Suzuki Mehran is a great alternative to Alto, especially for those consumers who cannot afford the latter. Mehran is a vehicle with basic features and is popular due to its durability. Due to this, it sometimes dominates the Alto.
Daihatsu Mira is another strong competitor for Alto. Mira comes with a more comfortable interior with better infotainment features and better performance than the Alto. Alto beats Mira when it comes to price as Alto is cheaper.
Suzuki Alto Specs
0.6 liter 658 cc
VX and VXR - 5-speed manual transmission
VXL - AGS transmission