• Oct 22nd 2009 at 7:00AM
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Suzuki Alto Concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery

The Suzuki Alto concept is The Kei You Would Never Suspect: unassuming looks belie the fact that this is car Suzuki is going to use to reach a wider audience. The exterior – which, frankly, looks like a ton of other itty bitty already plying on Japan's streets -- has been subtly tweaked to subtly lure in male and female buyers in a wider age group than the current car attracts.

According to the company, the Alto concept "points to the future of the minivehicle by combining newly honed performance with minivehicle economy and user-friendliness," with "styling that appeals to people regardless of age and gender."

Although officially labeled as a concept, the three-cylinder Alto is expected on the roads next year and an all-wheel-drive version is also on the way. Decide on the Alto for yourself with the help of the high-res gallery below and the press release after the break.

Photos copyright ©2009 Jonathon Ramsey / Weblogs, Inc.


All-New Alto Concept: A Minivehicle that Appeals to All Generations

The all-new Alto Concept points to the future of the minivehicle by combining newly honed performance with minivehicle economy and user-friendliness. Styling that appeals to people regardless of age and gender makes the Alto Concept an outstanding proposition for motorists who want minivehicle economy and convenience. A big, simple, highly legible speedometer, an easy-to-use floor-mounted shifter, and user-friendly switches and storage spaces realize convenience for people of all ages.

Major Features

* The body is proportioned for a look of urban nimbleness and to hint at roominess within. Its front mask has an appealing look that expresses cuteness and smartness.
* A simple, modern, user-friendly interior environment offers excellent usability and visibility for day-to-day convenience.
* A long wheelbase realizes ample roominess. The packaging also reflects a focus on comfort, safety, drivability, and convenience.
* Low weight reflects Suzuki's pursuit of the superior fuel efficiency, clean running, and other aspects of environmental performance that will be demanded in the years ahead.


* Overall length: 3,395mm
* Overall width: 1,475mm
* Overall height: 1,535mm
* Wheelbase: 2,400mm
* Seating capacity: Four persons
* Engine: 658cm3water-cooled, four-cycle, inline-three-cylinder, DOHC, 12-valve
* Transmission: CVT
* Drive system: Front engine, front-wheel drive (two- or four-wheel drive)

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gender Neutrality is the new "boring", apparently.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's Concept about this boring little car?

      In Europe you can buy these. It's a normal production car. And a boring one at that, ugly front fascia, the lights are way too big for the car and the rear end looks like it's stolen straight off the Renault Twingo.

      You must be a really sad git to buy one of these, there's so much funkier stuff around, car's like the Ford Ka or the Fiat 500.
        • 5 Years Ago
        While it looks just like the Alto, the dimensions are actually different. The current new Alto that is available in various markets, is not a kei car, it's too big. This Alto Concept, is in fact a shrunken Alto that manages to fit within the kei car's limits for dimensions.
        The engine is also smaller at just under 660cc, which is also a limit for being a kei car. The current Alto is powered by a 1L engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In India, will this supplement or replace the Maruti 800?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a big Kei fan as well as a Suzuki fan but this Alto is not cool. Like all the Alto's before it's a transport pod. Sorry. I'll stick with Suzuki's own Lapin.