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Latest on Maruti Suzuki Alto K10: 20 May, 2015
Country's largest automaker Maruti Suzuki, has reportedly been planning introducing the ABS technology in its Alto K10 and Alto 800 variants. The move is likely to help the brand gain a better footing in small car segment in times when safety standards are being questioned by interested buyers and testing agencies. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 As per Motorbeam, it is likely that the vehicle may receive the anti-lock braking system (ABS) along with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) system. Additionally, the vehicle may also receive air-bag systems.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, a Hatchback has 6 versions available in India. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has 5 Petrol cars and 1 CNG cars. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 comes in 6 colours, namely, Cerulean Blue, Fire Brick Red, Granite Grey, Silky Silver Metallic, Superior White, Tango Orange.
First launched in 2010, the Alto K10 received major updates in November 2014. The car received all new exterior, interior and a new automated manual transmission (AMT).
The 2014 Alto K10 features sweptback headlamps, sculpted hood with chrome grille, large air -intakes, new wheel covers, pronounced wheel arches and large windows. Overall height and width have been increased by 15mm, while length is reduced by 75mm.
The interior is more spacious and upmarket. In terms of features, the new model has more to offer such as 2-DIN audio system with USB and AUX connectivity, power steering, beige colored fabric upholstery etc.
The updated model continues to be powered by a 1.0-litre, K-Next petrol engine, producing a maximum power of 67bhp at 6000rpm with 90Nm of torque at 3500rpm. A 5-speed manual gearbox and automated manual transmission are on offer. It’s one of the most fuel efficient Maruti Suzuki cars in India. The hatch returns a mileage of 24.07kmpl, which is 15% more than the old model, while the CNG variant (manual only) delivers 32.26km/kg. What enhance its drivability and handling is its lightweight chassis, which is 75kgs lighter than the Alto.
Further to this, read Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 3,36,507/- to Rs. 4,22,463/-. The CNG trims of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 start at Rs. 4,18,841/-.
The new version of the K10 is taller and wider than its predecessor, while its length is reduced by 75mm. It gets design cues from other Maruti Suzuki car models like the Alto 800 and the Celerio. The front fascia of the hatchback features sweptback headlamps, sculpted bonnet line, a new chromed grille and large air -intakes, while the side profile sports a new pair of 13-inches wheel with covers, slightly pronounced wheel arches, door moulding, ORVMs and large windows. The tailgate and bumper, at the rear end, are inspired from the Alto 800.
The cabin is more spacious now, and material quality is much improved. The dual-tone dashboard, silver inserts, redesigned instrument cluster and centre console with piano black finish give it a premium touch. It comes equipped with some new features such as a 2-DIN audio system with USB and AUX connectivity, power steering, 12V power socket, headlamp warning buzzer, gearshift indicator, internally adjustable ORVMs and key off reminder. It has a small boot capacity of 177-litres.
Powering the new Alto K10 is the same old 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, K-Next petrol engine that churns out a maximum power of 67bhp at 6000rpm with a 90Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm. It comes paired either with a 5-speed manual gearbox or an automated manual transmission. The new model is 15% more fuel efficient than the old model. The petrol variants deliver a mileage of 19.0kmpl in city and 24.07kmpl on highways, while the CNG version (manual only) offers 32.26km/kg and 25.0km/kg on urban roads and freeways, respectively. It can accelerate 0-60kmph in 5.3 seconds, whereas, the CNG model takes 7-8 seconds to complete 60kmph sprints from standstill. It has electronic speed limit of 135-140kmph.
Performance and Handling
The new model, shading some extra flab, weighs 75kgs lighter than the regular version. That’s makes it one of the most fuel efficient Maruti Suzuki cars. It’s quick and performs better than its predecessor. Driving is hassle free, and ride quality is much improved.
Braking performance isn’t up to the mark. When you brake, the car’s undersized tyres make noise or it starts sliding over the road. Maruti should offer an optional ABS, at least.
The 998 cc CNG - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 16 km/kg in city and 18 km/kg on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 16 kmpl on urban roads and 18 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
Maruti Suzuki offers a driver side airbag with the K10’s top-variant (VXi), while the base trim (LX) doesn’t even get a passenger side rear-view mirror. The side impact protection beam, high mount stop lamp, headlight leveling device, 3-point seat belts, engine immobilizer and front fog lamps are standard safety features.
With improved interiors, exterior and more frugal engine, the new Alto K10 is an ideal pick for the budget-conscious buyers. It’s one of the cheapest automatic and most practical Maruti Suzuki car models in India
Maruti Alto K10 Vs Hyundai Eon 1.0
Ever since its launch in 2010, the K10 has been among the most affordable Maruti Suzuki cars in India, but with the introduction of AMT, it has also become among the least expensive automatic cars one can buy in India today. It closest competitor is the Hyundai Eon’s 1000cc model.
The Eon 1.0 offers best-in-class interior and slightly more powerful engine than the K10. It looks more premium than the Maruti’s hatch. Moreover, the contemporary styling, flawless fit and finish and comfort at this price point make the Eon a clear winner. But, if you are more concerned to the drivability, handling of the car, then the new Alto K10 is much better option.
Note: Specifications for Alto K10 VXI AMT (Petrol) have been mentioned
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