Suzuki Alto Arrives Q3
20th March, 2009
The all new Suzuki Alto will join the local Suzuki line-up
later this year.
The fifth and smallest member of Suzukiís acclaimed range of world strategic models, the new Alto
combines eye-catching style and easy urban mobility with great performance in terms of fuel efficiency
and CO2 emissions.
Already on sale in Europe, the Alto has returned fuel economy figures of just 4.4 L/100 km and CO2
emissions of just 103 grammes per kilometre.
"Alto is the answer for people wanting a quality vehicle offering great performance, high levels of
safety and outstanding fuel economy," said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers.
"Alto meets the lifestyle needs of today's motorists and the pressing global need for environmental
compatibility. It will also be one of the most fun-to-drive cars available and a great example of
Suzuki's 'Way of Life!' philosophy."
Devers said the new Suzuki Alto would put a quality, environmentally friendly car within reach of all
customers for the first time.
ďAlto will represent the essence of the Suzuki commitment of offering outstanding value for
"Suzuki has long been a pioneer in the automotive industry, and the new Alto is pioneering a new
sub-light car for Australia."
The new Alto reflects the unparalleled knowledge of small cars that has made Suzuki so successful with
mini-vehicles in Japan and compact cars like the Swift all over the world.
Devers said the Alto would be available in two specifications, both packed with features.
"The entry level Alto will come standard with air conditioning, CD stereo system with MP3 auxiliary
input, remote central locking, ABS brakes and six airbags. The top specification Alto adds alloy wheels,
fog lamps, a tachometer and ESP(1) stability control."
Manufactured in Suzukiís Manesar plant in India, the Alto was designed by Suzuki engineers and tuned
for European customers based on an extensive test drive programme.
The new Alto is aimed mainly at urban people who want a small car that offers style and enjoyment
together with great environmental credentials.
At the heart of the concept for the new Alto is Suzuki's belief that people should be able to enjoy
economical, eco-friendly motoring without sacrificing style, comfort, practicality, or performance.
Compact dimensions (the new Alto is the smallest of Suzuki's world strategic models) play a large part
in realising outstanding environmental credentials by keeping weight to a minimum, but without detracting
Design, Comfort and Practicality
The new Alto has a sporty, solid look that exudes urban energy despite the body's compact dimensions.
The design is elegant thanks to aerodynamically efficient contours that combine tautness with
Designed for the global market, a low drag coefficient of just 0.30 promotes outstanding fuel
efficiency and low CO2 emissions.
The cabin layout apportions most of the space to the front seats but still provides space for four
adults with numerous handy storage spaces for small items located throughout the cabin.
Notwithstanding the new Alto's compact exterior dimensions, there's a usable amount of luggage space
behind the rear seats, and folding down the rear seatback expands the space into a roomy luggage area
suited to daily use.
The new Alto has an overall length of 3,500 mm, width of 1,600 mm, height of 1,470 mm and a wheelbase
of 2,360 mm.
Engine and Transmissions
The new Alto is powered by a three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine producing peak power output of 50
kW with a maximum torque of 90 Nm.
The Euro IV-compliant engine delivers fuel consumption of just 4.5L/100 km and produces only 103 g/km
of CO2 emissions.
Standard transmission is five-speed manual, while a four-speed automatic transmission will be
available as an option.
The front suspension is of MacPherson strut type and the large, high-rigidity suspension frame is
complemented by further strengthening in the strut mounting areas for superior handling.
The rear suspension has Suzuki's proprietary 3-link rigid axle design, and incorporates numerous
refinements for the new car. Springs and dampers were tuned for optimum handling stability through
extensive testing on roads in Europe.
Suzuki targeted handling that makes driving enjoyable on urban roads, so drivers enjoy linear
response, gentle roll movements, light steering feel, and good absorption of shock and vibration.
The new Alto has a minimum turning radius of just 4.5 m making it easy to manoeuvre and park in
- Electronic Stability Programme (ESPģ)
- Crushable structure, energy-dispersing frame and a high-rigidity body combined with lightness
- Six airbags (SRS dual front airbags, SRS dual front-seat side airbags and SRS dual curtain
To help the driver avoid hazards on the road, the new Alto will be available with Electronic
Stability Programme (ESP), which modulates the engine performance and applies the brakes during cornering
and under acceleration.
In the unfortunate event of an accident, the new Alto's body reflects Suzuki's Total Effective Control
Technology (TECT) concept in the form of crushable structures that absorb impact energy, frame members
that disperse impact energy away from occupants and a strong cabin structure.
Use of high-tensile steel for major body parts means the resulting high level of occupant safety does
not add excessive weight to the body.
SRS front, side, and curtain airbags are available to reduce the severity of impacts suffered by
occupants in the event of a collision. Energy-absorbing trim materials provide further head protection.
Devers said the Australian version of Alto would go on sale in the third quarter of 2009. Pricing and
final specification will be released closer to launch.