Suzuki Unveils All-New Alto Kei Car in Japan, Averages 2.7 L/100 KM

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.

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  • That Ross Chap

    Wait a minute… this car isn’t from before 1990’s? The last Suzuki Alto looked about 50 years ahead of this car and that’s not saying much

  • enochgabriel

    suzuki is flooded with superminis, not to mention their kei cars

    • Dr Zoidberg

      I wish they would do another cappuccino.

  • RDS Alphard

    SO CUTE !

  • Christian

    iT MIGHT BE UGLY, but i still better than the up coming Clerio we are getting soon in Europe. They even get it with AWD an TURBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ziga

    Shame on you Suzuki!!!!!! Even i can do beter, even with PAINT!

    • Eddie

      Yours actually does look better.

  • Guido

    … with design-elements from the good, old fiat panda 😉

  • enochgabriel

    Did I just read 87 mpg? That’s ridiculous!

  • Jeffkan1

    When will this be available in the U.S.?

    • Eddie

      Unfortunately, never. I don’t know if America is ready for a 660cc engine.

    • Eddie

      Oh wait, they don’t even sell Suzuki in the US anymore.

      • mhandler2000

        Nope. they quit importing to the US in 2012.

  • Nate

    Don’t like the rear-end, even if it does appear Suzuki was at least trying not to ape the rear-end of the Volkswagen Up, Citroen C1 and Renault Twingo by fitting the rear lights where the bumper is.

    They could have also added another mini front-grille on the other side.

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