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Japan: Next-gen Suzuki Alto, WagonR, Vitara launch dates out

According to a Japanese media report, Suzuki could introduce the next generation Alto, WagonR and Vitara by December 2021.

The first model that is believed to be lined up for launch is the new Alto. The ninth-generation of the hatchback is reportedly scheduled to be unveiled in December 2020. It could retain its lightweight platform and might be offered with a new R06D type engine. This is a 658cc unit that develops 48 BHP.

A sportier version of the Alto, dubbed the Alto Works, is also said to be in the offing and is scheduled to debut in October 2021. The car could be powered by a turbocharged R06D type engine with a different bore and longer stroke. Such a design is said to improve mid-range torque and fuel efficiency.

The report also states that Suzuki could introduce the new WagonR in December 2021. The current model has been around since February 2017. In December 2019, it received the R06D type engine.

Coming to SUVs, the new Suzuki Vitara (also known as the Escudo) is being readied for a January 2021 launch. It will be based on the same monocoque chassis and will be manufactured in Hungary.

The SUV will be powered by a 1.4-litre, turbocharged engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system. It will also get a 1.0-litre, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine option.

Finally, there are reports of a 5-door version of the Jimny that could go on sale in India in December. Suzuki is unlikely to offer it in the Japanese market.

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