Alto 800 2012-2016 CNG LX Review
Maruti India is one of the leading car makers in the country with vehicles in all the segments of the country’s car market. This is a joint venture between India’s Maruti Udyog Limited and Suzuki Motor Corporation, which is a Japanese automobile giant. Their range of cars includes entry level cars that are quite reasonably priced, but at the same time have premium sedans and formidable SUVs as well. Maruti Suzuki India recently has stopped the manufacturing of their small car Maruti 800, but at the same time has launched a new inexpensive Maruti Alto 800 for the Indian population. The company launched this small car in 3 variants of petrol as well as CNG and is expecting this new 2012 Maruti Alto 800 CNG to do incredible business for them. The Maruti Alto 800 LX CNG is the mid level variant and has some fundamental comfort and safety features, which will certainly impress the customers. This new small hatchback has exciting exteriors along with refreshing and attractive interiors. There are quite a number of features in this 2012 Alto 800 CNG, such as a powerful air conditioning unit, a very responsive steering, storage spaces and many more such remarkable features. The company has fitted this Maruti Alto 800 LX CNG with a 796cc engine, which is capable of churning out pertinent torque and power, which is apt for the Indian road and traffic conditions. This engine is mated with a smooth and efficient five speed manual transmission gear box. The company is offering this new Maruti Alto 800 CNG in six vibrant and lively exterior paint options, which will have a couple of new colors. These color options are a flamboyant blazing red metallic finish, a superior white, an elegant frost blue shade in metallic finish, granite grey along with silky silver and a magnificent torque blue metallic finish as well.
The exteriors of this new Maruti Alto 800 are very inspiring and have been refined a lot from its precursor. This new small car has a stimulating overall wave front design, which is aerodynamic and very sleek. This latest entrant is taller and a tad wider, which means that it will have better interior space as well. The front façade of this Maruti Alto 800 LX CNG is neatly done up with a smart and trendy front radiator grille, which has a large company badge embossed on it. This radiator grille is flanked by a biggish head light cluster, which is powered with high intensity lamps, which have been integrated with side turn blinkers as well. Below the front grille is a black colored large and wide air dam, which will help in cooling the engine faster. The black colored bumper is smartly styled, but it doesn’t have fog lamps nor does it have any provision to fix them. The front windscreen is made up of toughened glass and has been fitted with a couple of intermittent wipers to it. The side profile gets black colored door handles and only a driver side outside rear view mirror, which is also black in color. The wheel arches have been fitted with sturdy 12 inch steel wheels, which have been covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 145/80 R12 and these have a better road grip as well . The rear profile is very bland and simple with a big wind screen, a bright and radiant tail lamp cluster and the boot lid getting the standard badging on it along with a curvy body colored rear bumper. The overall dimensions of this roomy small hatchback are fairly good. The total length of this 2012 Alto 800 CNG is a reasonable 3395mm along with a good width of 1490mm that also includes the single driver side outside rear view mirror, which is pretty decent. The overall height of this new entrant is about 1475mm, while the sizeable wheel base of this small hatchback is close to 2360mm. The minimum ground clearance of this impressive hatchback is 160mm, which is quite remarkable. The fuel tank capacity of this new Maruti Alto 800 LX is approximately 35 litres, which is rather good.
The interiors of this wonderful Maruti Alto 800 LX CNG are very lively and inspiring. The company has done up the interiors of this small hatchback very efficiently and there is room for all and also the entire is very appealing and eye catching. The designers of the company has given this small hatchback a moulded dash board that comes with a new shade of grey color along with internal surfaces that are made of good quality plastics. The seating arrangement is quite comfortable with well cushioned slimmer seats, which help in increasing the internal space marginally and gives apposite room for five regular sized passengers. The front seats have integrated head rests while on the other hand, the roof gets moulded lining and fully clad improve the ambience of in-cabin tremendously. These seats are covered with premium quality fabric upholstery with a spanking new design, which adds to the overall beauty of this charming small hatchback. The space is fairly reasonable with ample leg room along with good head and shoulder space, which will surely keep the occupants comfortable. The newly designed dash board gets attractively shaped air con vents, a large glove box and some open storage space above it as well. Apart from these, there are storage spaces in the doors as well to keep a few things handy for the customers. The storage spaces include a bottle and can holders along with driver side storage and also a passenger side utility pocket. There is also a horizontally aligned bottle holder near the gear shift lever. This small hatchback also has a dual tripmeter, dial type climate control, a front door trim map pocket for the driver door, a remote fuel lid opener and many more such impressive aspects.
Engine and Performance
The company has equipped this all new Maruti Alto 800 LX CNG with a peppy 796cc, petrol cum CNG based engine, which has is mounted in front transverse position . This lively petrol drive train has 3 cylinders, which further have been equipped with 12 valves and is a front wheel drive . This energetic power plant has the capacity to churn out a peak torque yield of 69 Nm at 3500 Rpm in combination with a maximum power output of 47.5 Bhp at 6000 Rpm, which is about 3.5 Bhp more than the previous Alto version. This brisk petrol drive train has been skillfully mated with a smooth and competent five speed manual transmission gear box. The company claims that this small hatchback, Maruti Alto 800 has the ability to generate a health mileage of 30.46kmpl, which is also certified by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) and this mileage is apparently about 15% more than the previous version of Maruti Alto.