Local car nuts are among the first to see Suzuki's new Alto hatchback in the metal less than three weeks after its Paris show unveiling.
The trendy little Alto compact nature doesn't compromised interior space, Suzuki says, although front occupants get the lion's share of the available space. Rear seats fold into the cabin when extra space is required.
Alto is powered by a lightweight fuel-injected three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine with a maximum output of 50 kW at 6 000 r/min and a peak torque figure of 90 Nm at 4 800 r/min.
The motor is matched with a five-speed manual gearbox. The engine complies with future Euro 5 emissions requirements and overall fuel consumption is noted as 4.5 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions are at 103 g/km.
Front suspension is via MacPherson struts and a high-rigidity frame, while at the rear, a three-link rigid axle design, with coil springs and dampers tuned for optimum handling stability, is used.
Suzuki notes that its latest passenger car model has a strong safety cell thanks to the widespread use of high-tensile steel.
And while local specification will be finalised closer to the car's introduction, a high level of standard safety equipment is promised. This includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat mountings.
The little hatchback will go on sale in South Africa through the course of 2009.
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