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  Suzuki Alto debuts in Malaysia  
- Monday, August 09, 2010  By KON  Bookmark and Share
 
 
 
     
Suzuki Alto

CBU from India; Manual and Auto available; 3 spec levels ranging from RM45k to RM55k. ...

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Suzuki Alto
Suzuki Alto
Prices from RM45k to RM55k, OTR without Insurance
Prices from RM45k to RM55k, OTR without Insurance
Cabin is simple without being too spartan
Cabin is simple without being too spartan
1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine up front
1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine up front

Students, junior executives, and lady drivers looking shopping for a chic and funky supermini now have a new option to consider - the Suzuki Alto 1.0, arriving fully imported from India and launched earlier today by Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd.

Available with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions, the Alto is powered by the 996cc three-cylinder K10B engine. Equipped with 12 valves and multi-point injection, the Alto produces 67hp @ 6,000rpm and 90NM @ 3,400rpm.

In terms of price, the Alto goes head on against the Hyundai i10, which we just reviewed last week, and is also looking to turn the heads of some Proton and Perodua buyers. Three grades are on offer: the entry-level GA model with manual transmission costs RM44,888 before insurance, while the two automatic transmission models, the GLX and GXS, cost RM49,999 and RM54,888 respectively on the same terms.

According to Suzuki, the Alto is made from high-tensile steel, giving it a highly rigid and light chassis. It features a conventional suspension setup for the segment, MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam behind. Braking is provided by vented discs up front and drums behind. Automatic transmission models get ABS & EBD thrown in as well.

In terms of equipment, the Alto is decently equipped for the market segment. Dual frontal airbags are standard along with seat-belt pre-tensioners, ISOFIX mounts, and side impact beams. It should be noted that the Alto is openly designated as a four seater, with Suzuki only providing four 3-point seat belts.

As usual, auto versions have a greater amount of kit, with power windows, tachometer, tilt-and-telescopic steering adjusting, and split-folding rear seats being standard fare. The manual version makes do with manual windows and a single-folding bench rear seat.

The Alto is Suzuki's fifth global model available for sale in Asia and in Europe. The global production hub is in Maruti Suzuki's new plant in Manesar, India, although production has also recently commenced in China. Plans are afoot for a possible CKD operation in Malaysia alongside the Swift, but that is not going to arrive too soon.


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It's strictly a four-seater. A/T variants get split-folding rear seats
It's strictly a four-seater. A/T variants get split-folding rear seats
4 A/T offered alongside 5 M/T
4 A/T offered alongside 5 M/T
Tachometer appears to be an afterthought.
Tachometer appears to be an afterthought.
Blue & White are amongst other colour options.
Blue & White are amongst other colour options.
 


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