Country’s largest passenger carmaker Maruti Suzuki has launched next generation Alto K10 in the Indian market. The launch was much-awaited especially because of the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) system coming in the car. It has been launched in six different variants and the price range starts from Rs 3.06 lakh for the base LX variant while the AMT (VXi) variant comes at a price tag of Rs 3.80 lakh. With this price tag, Alto K10 becomes the cheapest automatic car of the country. There is also a CNG variant which is the top end variant in the line-up priced at Rs 3.81 lakh. All prices mentioned are ex-showroom, Delhi.
The new Alto K10 has received essential changes in all the departments. The front fascia of the car is updated with revamped chrome grille and contemporary looking swept back headlamps. The bonnet-line, air dam and the front bumper have been revised to make the car more sporty. From sides, the few noticeable changes are the addition of 13-inch wheels, body side moulding and new ORVMs while at the rear, the profile gets highlighted due to Celerio inspired taillights and tweaked bumpers. Dimensionally, the car is now 15mm wider and 15mm taller making way for extra room inside. Overall the silhouette of the car remains as that of Alto 800. The new Alto K10 also gets three new graceful colors Tango Orange, Cerulean Blue and Granite Grey besides the older Silky Silver, Superior White and Fire Brick Red in the list as well.
Interiors of the car have gone through dramatic transformation. There is an all new dashboard adorned in black and beige color theme, a new 3-spoke steering wheel and modern upholstery. The central console including the music system is decorated in all glossy black paint with matte silver highlights. Everything from the instrument cluster to control switches and seating have seen essential changes that gives the car a premium look in the class. Other new features in the car include Shift up indicator, internally adjustable ORVMs and updated music system which now supports USB and AUX-In support. The safety features in the car include driver side airbag, central locking, headlamp buzzer, key off reminder, child safety lock and seat belts.
Under the bonnet, there is something which was much awaited – the AMT transmission. The Automated Manual Transmission or in company’s words ‘Auto Gear Shift’ is the same technology that has been working under the hood of Celerio hatchback. The revolutionary concept was introduced first time by Maruti in Celerio hatchback and got an overwhelming response all around. Following the success, Maruti decided to introduce this in its new cars. In the system, the gear changes via pneumatics, processors, electric sensors and actuators. It removes the burden of clutch which is actuated electronically, that in turn automatically synchronizes required torque and speed for the quick gear change. The transmission system is paired to powerful 1.0 liter K10 engine which produces 67.1bhp and 90Nm of peak torque. The combination of both returns a healthy mileage of 24.07kmpl, a 15 percent improvement from the earlier model. The AMT system only comes in single (VXi) variant while other variants will continue to offer 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The CNG variant on the other hand also returns smiling mileage figure of 32.36 km/kg.
As per the competition, the all new Alto K10 will be competing with Hyundai Eon and Datsun Go in the segment. According to company officials, the car has been developed at a whopping cost of Rs 200 crore on the current platform. Alto K10 alone has bagged over 4.3 lakh units over 4 years of time while the Alto nameplate has sold over 26 lakh units in the 14 years of long run.