In Spain we know him Suzuki Alto being the smallest model in the range of the Japanese manufacturer, now replaced by Suzuki Celerio. But in Japan the Alto is a kei car which is now in its eighth generation and dating back to 1979, with more than 4.83 million units sold in its home market.
The kei car are small exclusive cars in the Japanese market. They can not have a higher dimensions to 3.4 meters in length nor an engine of more than 660 cubic centimeters and 64 horses power. Having a kei car means paying less tax on your purchase and use, something important considering charges of vehicles in Japan.
This is a completely new model, with a redesigned platform that allows save 60 kilos of weight [1,999,006] with respect to the seventh generation, a significant number considering that the new Suzuki Alto weighs 610 kilos . Besides the battle of 2.46 meters makes the interior is one of the longest in its class.
Its small 660cc engine stands for efficiency. With average consumption of 2.7 liters for five-speed manual version and front wheel drive. Is the car of the Japanese market more efficient gasoline. The range of Suzuki Alto offers atmospheric and turbo versions of this engine and CVT automatic gearbox and even AWD. There is also driven change. The small R06A engine uses technologies such as Stop & amp; Start or regenerative braking and is also lighter by modifying the intake and exhaust.
The interior advocates a very simple design that maximizes the limited space. Despite how small car, find equipment such as climate control, radio CD MP3 AUX heated front seats , four electric windows and electric mirrors.
On security staffing is complete and that all airbags, ESP and city emergency braking are standard on all versions. There are 12 colors available for the body. The starting price is slightly higher than 5,800 euros in the Japanese market. The Suzuki Alto kei car not sold in other markets.
Suzuki Alto RS Turbo
In the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon, one of the most important fairs tuning, will be presented Suzuki Alto RS Turbo . It is a sporty version that keeps the engine of 660cc but takes a more sporty look with 17 “wheels, specific and heel bumpers. Inside there will be several improvements such as sports seats signed by Recaro.
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