Suzuki Pakistan is gearing up to replace the country’s favorite car Suzuki Mehran with Alto’s 660cc variant very soon, reports say.
It has been reported that the Japanese automaker has decided to replace Mehran with Alto’s variants by the end of the year or in the first month of 2019.
The company had previously, in its internal circular to vendors, revealed its plans to discontinue the long-running hatchback from April 2019. Suzuki instructed its vendors to slow down the production of its parts as well.
What to Expect?
It is now being reported that Alto’s three variants – an automatic and two manual – are going to be launched either in December or in the first quarter of next year.
All three variants are speculated to come with a power steering, 660cc imported engine and locally developed transmission, similar to one that is available in the currently assembled Suzuki Wagon R.
One of the most exciting features reported is its efficient fuel consumption. The car is specifically designed for low fuel consumption using the ‘Suzuki Green Technology’. Suzuki claims its fuel economy is 37km/liter, which is very efficient for a non-hybrid car.
The Japanese automaker is expected to announce a release date later this month or in the coming month with deliveries starting as soon as March 2019.
A couple of years back, a picture of former federal minister for planning and Development made rounds on social media in which he was seen checking out a white manual Suzuki Alto with a two-tone interior.
Well, the rumor has it that Suzuki has already manufactured about 25 units of the new hatchback for testing and as many units are being assembled for display.
From what sources have whispered, the high-spec manual variants would cost anywhere around 8-9 lacs; whereas the fully loaded automatic one might touch the million-mark.
Why Was Suzuki Mehran Killed?
Sources well-placed in the company have informed that the difficult decision to discontinue one of its most-selling cars was taken after pressure from Suzuki Japan.
Suzuki Pakistan was asked to discontinue Mehran after it was turning increasingly expensive for the parent company to provide the engine parts for the car.