Suzuki Alto Third generation
|1988 to 1994|
|Also called||Suzuki Fronte Daewoo Tico|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback 5-door hatchback|
|Layout||Front-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive|
|Engine||547 cc (0.5 L) F5B I3 (petrol) 657 cc (0.7 L) F6A I3 (petrol)|
When the Kei car standards were changed in 1990, capacity was increased to 657 cc (F6A) in March, the Alto becoming the CL/CM/CN/CP21 in the process. The new standards also allowed for a 100 mm (3.9 in) longer car, which meant new bigger front and rear bumper, and new headlights and grille. Lower grade Van versions received a 6-valve 36 hp (27 kW) engine, while passenger car versions (and the l'Èpo Van) got a 12-valve, 52 hp (39 kW) version. 4WD versions with the 3-speed automatic transmission were fuel-injected and offered 3 more hp. The F6A-engined Works RS/X and RS/R still claimed the legally limited 64 hp, but the lower grade i.e. Turbo (introduced in July) received a 6-valve SOHC-engine producing 61 hp (45 kW) Reflecting decreased tax benefits for commercial Kei cars, the Works series was now classified as passenger vehicles, allowing for a real backseat.
In September 1991, responding to increasing safety demands, the Alto received side impact protection. Also, the vertical door handles (see picture on the right) on three-door versions were replaced by traditional horizontal ones. The reengineering was extensive enough to necessitate new model codes, with vans becoming CL/CM22 (FF/4WD) and passenger versions (including the Works) now called CR/CS22. While performance engines remained as they were, the "cooking" Alto's engines were updated with power outputs up to 40 and 52 hp respectively (29/38 kW).
Suzuki also produced a version (the Hustle) with a high roof behind the front seats, which was unusual in that it used a modification of the five-door Alto's body rather than a completely new body; this made it possible to link the Hustle with the Alto, but made the styling rather unharmonious. Its appearance was similar to the Nissan AD Max van. It was short-lived, only being offered between November 1991 and October 1993.