The new Alto has a sporty, solid look that exudes urban energy despite the body's compact dimensions. The design is aerodynamically efficient contours that combine tautness with evocative curviness. It is ideally matched to European tastes and with a drag coefficient of just 0.30 promotes 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. Handy storage spaces for small items are located all around 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 3,500mm, width of 1,600mm, height of 1,470mm and a wheelbase of 2,360mm.
The new Alto is powered by a three cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine launched as an engine of the Splash. This unit is light and compact with low friction characteristics. Maximum power output is 68PS (50kW) with maximum torque of 90Nm. Fuel consumption is 62.7 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions are 103g/km. Standard transmission is a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission (uncommon among one-litre cars) with gate-type shifter is 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. The rear suspension has Suzuki's proprietary 3-link rigid axle design. The coil springs and dampers were tuned for optimum handling stability through extensive testing on roads in Europe. The new Alto has a minimum turning radius of just 4.5m making it easy to manoeuvre and park in tight spaces.
To help the driver avoid hazards on the road, the new Alto is available with Electronic Stability Program, which modulates the engine performance and applies the brakes during cornering and under aceleration.
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.