Suzuki has launched the all-new eighth-generation Alto kei car on the Japanese market. Based on a newly-developed platform, the new Alto is up to 60 kg (132 lbs) lighter and features the lowest fuel consumption among non-hybrid gasoline vehicles in Japan, according to Suzuki.
More specifically, the new Alto returns 37.0km/l according to the JC08 cycle, which is equivalent to just 2.7 l/100 km or 87 mpg US. That’s because the base 2WD Alto with five-speed manual transmission tips the scales at just 610 kg (1,345 lbs).
The new Suzuki Alto obviously won’t turn too many heads with its retro-awkward looks, but is said to have a roomy interior with the longest cabin length (2,040mm) in its class (two-box minicars with an overall height of under 1,550mm), thanks to the longer wheelbase (2,460mm) compared to the previous model.
Suzuki has also introduced new safety technologies such as the Radar Brake Support collision-mitigation braking system, Hill Hold Control, unintended start control system, and emergency stop signal.
Unrelated to the namesake model sold in Europe and other markets, the JDM Alto is powered by a 660 cc three-cylinder engine in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged configurations, mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic. It is offered with both 2WD and 4WD versions, with prices starting from 847,800 yen ($7,060) for the base model.