Maruti Suzuki launched the new Alto K10 in India on Thursday. The new K10 comes as a generational upgrade over the outgoing model, with major overhauls to the design, performance and features.
The new Alto K10 slots in below the Spresso and sits right above the good old Alto 800. It will come with both manual and automatic transmission options (AGS), starting at INR 3.99Lakhs ex-showroom.
Design of the Alto K10:
The Alto K10 now gets a complete overhaul in terms of the overall design. Up front is a new honeycomb patterned grille with new headlamps. From the side, the car now looks slightly taller than the outgoing generation. Blacked out ORVMs are present with sweeping lines over the K10’s haunches. 13-inch wheels come with new wheel covers; of course no alloys. At the rear, the car takes slight inspiration from the Celerio, with new tail lamps and a new design for the “K10” badging.
Maruti Suzuki claims to have the Alto K10 focussed on better interior comfort and driving experience. Apart from certain updates here and there, the interior remains of similar quality albeit with new AC vents and controls. There is also a new “digital” instrument cluster. A protruding 7-inch infotainment screen comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with a couple of cup holders down below. Steering wheel gets mounted audio controls with voice command options. Suzuki also claims to have a redesigned cabin setup that maximises leg and knee room.
Performance of the Alto K10:
The new Alto K10 is powered by an eponymous 1.0L K-Series engine churning out a breathless 67bhp and 89Nm of torque at 3500rpm. Maruti Suzuki again claims of an ‘exciting’ driving experience with this “peppy” engine (did not specify for whom). The powerplant gets mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with an “Auto Gear Shift” (AGS) option also on the table. Although meek, the engine provides claimed fuel figures of 24.9kmpl (AGS) and 24.4kmpl (MT).
The Alto K10 is based on Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform, which is supposed to provide better crash resistance and NVH levels. It gets dual airbags, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, seat belt pre-tensioners and speed sensing door locks. This all sounds well and good on paper but Maruti never publishes crash test reports, so it’s up for debate how effective these measures are.
Colours and Price:
Alto K10 will now be available in 6 colour options and two accessory themes: Impacto and Glinto for one’s appropriate levels of chrome embellish. Prices start at INR 3.9lakhs (ex-showroom) for the standard model, going up to INR 5.8Lakhs for the Vxi+ AGS.