India’s top car manufacturer Maruti is all set to start working on the BSVI-compliant version of its top-selling car Alto. The said variant is expected to hit the floor before 2020.
Maruti Suzuki Alto has reportedly broken its own sale record by selling 35 lakh cars in 2017-18, both in wholesale and retail. Now, the company is working on building a future-oriented variant of the same old Alto car by enabling it with BSVI compatibility.
Maruti Alto is currently available in two versions - Alto 800 & Alto K10. The company is planning to turn both cars into BSVI-compliant variants. According to the senior executive director, RS Kalsi, “The BSVI version of the Alto would be ready well before the (April) 2020 deadline.”
The Indian government’s deadline for car manufacturers to make their vehicles BSVI-compliant is April 2020. Maruti Suzuki will modify both the 998cc and the 796cc petrol engines of its popular cars into BSVI fuel compatible engines that emit lower CO2. The same engine of the Alto 800 and the Alto K10 is also shared by other cars including Maruti Omni, Celerio and the WagonR. The company also has the plan to follow the stricter emission norms for all other cars in its fleet.
However, turning a BSIV vehicle into a BSVI car is not going to be easy or cost-friendly. It is expected to be one of the biggest challenges the company will have to face in its time on the Indian roads. The transformed cars are also expected to bear a higher price tag, at least Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 more, than the current prices of the Alto cars in India. As of now, the Alto cars are available in the price range of Rs 2.51 lakh and Rs 4.19 lakh in India.
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The Maruti Alto is presently available in both petrol and diesel variants. Diesel engines are reportedly harder to make cleaner to run as compared to petrol engines, which may further increase the cost of BSVI diesel cars by as much as Rs 1 lakh. However, the company will try to keep the costs of their cars at bay to ensure their suitability with the Indian economy.