The Indian car market and the demands of the consumers are always changing and in order to cope up with the current situation the car manufacturers are trying all their new strategies while also keeping the cost cutting measures in mind.

Recently we saw Maruti who is known for dominating the small car segment of the Country introduced the next generation Alto K10. The first generation Alto K10 was launched back in the year 2010 although was not a big seller like the Alto but was actually powered by a more powerful engine than the later. The Alto K10 was powered by a 998 cc K10 petrol engine and this car in particular attracted the attention of those customers who wanted a bigger engine which translates into more power and a slightly more premium looking hatch than the entry level Alto.

The next generation hatch which was launched recently is also pinned under the new Alto 800 platform but houses the same engine that used to power the previous generation hatch. The manufacturer claims that the engine has been tweaked to return better fuel efficiency figures while the other big change is the introduction of an optional automatic gearbox beside the standard 5 speed manual gearbox. The car beside all these mechanical changes also received a completely new look now that it is based on the new Alto800 Platform and not the previous generation Alto.

What is even more interesting is the fact that the new budget hatch also becomes the cheapest car in the Indian market to be equipped with an automatic gearbox now that actually also becomes the grand USP of this hatch. So without any further due let us get straight into the other details of the recently launched Alto K10.

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2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
  • Year: 2015
  • Make: Maruti-Suzuki
  • Model: Alto
  • Engine: inline-3
  • Transmission: 5 speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 67 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM: 90 @ 4500
  • Displacement: 998 cc
  • 0-60 time: 5.3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed: 87 mph
  • Price: 306000
  • car segment: economy cars
  • body style: hatchback

EXTERIOR

2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
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2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
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2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Exterior
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all that credits goes to the newly designed hood and those large swept back headlamp units

To spice things up Maruti has actually used the same Alto800 platform and added some new elements to the hatch without actually messing too much with the overall proportion of the Alto800. Some may like the idea while others might not atleast we can actually praise them for not applying Hyundai’s strategy of just installing the bigger engine in the same Eon hatch without any sort of cosmetic change.

Look at the new generation Alto K10 and you will certainly miss the old generation car for sure because although Maruti has tried their level best to push the design engineers at their working table but still somehow the new hatch fails to attract your second glance. Certain things are for sure the new K10 certainly looks beefier than the Alto800 and all that credits goes to the newly designed hood and those large swept back headlamp units, completely new grille which actually separates the nose from the chin of the car and also new darkened plastic surrounding the fog lamp units. Towards the side profile of the hatch you won’t notice any major change either and some might even mistake the car for an Alto800 however the only difference is the bigger rear view mirrors. While towards the rear the mildly redesigned tail lamps is the only change that you will actually notice beside the different badges.

Maruti also said that the AltoK10 sits on the same platform but it has shrunk in size while the height and width of the car has actually increased. The new generation Alto K10 may not be a stunner but it surely manages to look different and more premium than the standard Alto800.

The overall Dimension

Length 3545 mm
Width 1295 mm
Height 1475 mm
Wheel base 2360 mm

INTERIOR

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2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
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the cabin of the next generation Alto K10 definitely will grab your attention with its premium overall finish

Those who are not impressed with the overall exterior of the hatch and decided not to go for this one should definitely change their mind after stepping inside the interior because believe it or not the cabin of the next generation Alto K10 definitely will grab your attention with its premium overall finish and that exciting new dashboard which also has been finished in two tone shade, the top portion gets the dark charcoal finish while the lower half has been finished in impressive beige and the combination looks impressive and all other interior materials too has been finished with the same dark charcoal finish. The steering wheel too looks good and will surely grip well too, ebside the duel tone color the dash also gets an audio entertainments system which supports features like CD, ISB, AUX and a radio.

The rest of the cabin looks quite upmarket and the increase in height too has helped improve the overall headroom inside the cabin, while Maruti was never known for its generous legroom at the rear and things hasn’t improved a lot even in this second generation hatch. At the rear of the hatch you do get 177 litre of boot space which although is not huge but suitable for a family of three.

DRIVETRAIN

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Nothing much has actually changed under the hood though the new hatch is still powered by the same 1 Litre K next engine which produces about 67 bhp of peak power at 6000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The engine has been mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard but it also comes with an optional 5 speed automatic transmission. Now the addition of the automatic gearbox surely will be a delight for many owners especially in the city traffic but along with the new transmission Maruti also has improved the overall fuel efficiency of the new hatch while Maruti also claims that the automatic transmission will provide almost same fuel efficiency as the manual transmission.

While talking about fuel efficiency Maruti claims that the same engine unit will now return a best in class fuel efficiency of 24.07kmpl which was made possible with few mechanical changes and upgrades to the engine and thus it now returns near about 15 percent more fuel efficiency than the previous gen hatch. The Alto K10 is also fast hatch and can accelerate from 0-60km/h mark in just 5.3 seconds.

ENGINE SPECIFICATION

Fuel Petrol
Installation Front, transverse
Type 3 cyls
Displacement 998cc
Power 67bhp at 6000rpm
Torque 90 Nm at 3500rpm

RIDE AND HANDLING

Alto was always known for its comfortable ride quality and its ability to tackle worst Indian roads with ease. The new generation K10 too gets Mcpherson strut suspension setup at the front while the rear gets fitted with torsion beam. The new K10 is also lighter than the previous generation car which further helps in its handling, while the electronic rack and pinion steering wheel along with the short turning radius makes the K10 an ideal urban or city 0hatch.

It uses ventilated discs at the front and drum brakes at the rear which too is useful in bringing this hatch to a halt. However a big letdown of the K10 are the skinny tyres which hug the wheels.

SAFETY FEATURES

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The Maruti Alto K10 is definitely not the safest car in the Indian market, it only gets a
driver side airbag at the front while there is no airbags provided for the front passenger which is quite shocking neither there is any optional ABS available with the hatch.

PRICES

The prices of the 2015 Maruti Alto K10 are provided below:

Variants Prices
Maruti Alto K10 LX 3.06 lakh
Maruti Alto LXi 3.22 lakh
Maruti Alto VXi Rs 3.38 lakh
Maruti Alto VXi (O) Rs 3.57 lakh
Maruti Alto VXI (Automatic) 3.80 lakh
Maruti Alto CNG LXI Rs 3.82 lakh

COMPETITION

DATSUN GO

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This might have the biggest engine in its class but apart from that the Datsun Go features might not impress you much but offcourse this has a stylish new look which surely looks appealing. powered by a 1.2 litre 3 cylinder engine the GO hatch produces about 67 bhp and 104 Nm of torque.

Hyundai EON 1.0 Litre

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Hyundai launched the more powerful Eon hatch with 1.0 litre 3 cylinder engine which produces about 69PS of peak power at 6,200 rpm and peak torque at 9.6 kgm at 3500 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Hyundai hasn’t made any cosmetic upgrades to the hatch and thus it looks like any standard Eon which is powered by a 814 cc engine.

CONCLUSION

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Automatic gearbox are the latest talk of the town and Maruti tried to cash in with this strategy. I mean who actually would have thought of Maruti introducing an automatic gearbox with this budget hatchback? The new generation Alto K10 with its improved overall styling, fresh new sophisticated interiors and improved fuel efficiency surely will impress those who are actually looking for a hatch within a budget but also want something more than those entry level hatches available in the Indian market.

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  • * Styling
  • * Skinny tyres
  • * safety
Riju Ganguly

Press Release

Next generation Alto K10 comes with new looks, more space and 15 % higher fuel efficiency Auto gear shift introduced, 6 trim levels including CNG

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New Delhi, November 3, 2014: Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Limited launched the peppier, more fuel efficient, next generation Alto K10 here today.
Sporting new youthful looks, the next generation Alto K10 delivers an outstanding fuel efficiency of 24.07 kilometres per litre, an improvement of 15 per cent over the outgoing model.

The popular Auto Gear Shift technology, which offers the convenience of automatic transmission without compromising on fuel efficiency, is being introduced in the new Alto K10. In addition, the newly added CNG trim powered by the Intelligent Gas Port Injection (iGPI) delivers mileage of 32.26 kilometers per kg in CNG mode.
Presenting the next generation Alto K10, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO said, “Having won millions of customers we decided to upgrade an already successful car with a full model change that makes Alto K10 taller, wider and roomier. Meeting customer demand, the Alto K10 is 15 per cent more fuel efficient, delivering best in class 24.07 kmpl. Alto K10 is the third Maruti Suzuki car within few weeks where our suppliers and engineers have improved the fuel efficiency substantially. The Auto Gear Shift with impressive fuel efficiency is another big technology advantage. The wider range of the Alto K10 comes with 6 variants including a CNG option and will strengthen Maruti Suzuki’s entry level range and get incremental numbers."
Refreshing Youthful exteriors: The wide horizontal lines on the hood married to a 3D curved bonnet impart good road presence to the offering. The sporty bumper and a dash of chrome on the grille together with swept back stylish headlamps demonstrate the Alto K10 DNA of dynamism and zippiness.

Other interesting design cues smartly tucked in next generation Alto K10 include:

- * Aerodynamic shoulder lines running all along the sides giving a sense of action/
- * momentum to the vehicle
- * Body coloured ORVMs
- * Side body moulding
- * Body coloured door handles
- * B-Pillar Black out tape
- * Clean and Sculpted rear that lends a sporty and wider look
- * Unique wedged profile & inclined windows lend a modern look
- * Distinct rear combination lamp

Energetic and Exciting interiors: Free flowing curves and energetic lines on the dash lend space and premium feel to the Alto K10. The selection of graphics and use of special finishes gives an upmarket touch. New cool upholstery and color schemes are inviting and upmarket. Interiors in the Alto K10 offer a host of new features like:

- * Classy instrument panel with a sporty speedometer
- * Newly designed 3-spoke steering wheel
- * Dual-tone interiors
- * Newly designed steering with silver accents, silver garnished door trim, AC louvres and gear shift bezel
- * New premium piano black finish audio (typically associated with high end cars)
- * Keyless entry system, internally adjustable outside mirrors, accessory socket, gear shift indicator, key off reminder, headlamp warning buzzer, a digital clock and front power windows are other newly designed features
- * Smart design packaging is reflected in the dashboard that is ergonomically placed and smartly packs much more in less space.
- * An array of smart utility storage spaces like a center console storage box, coin and ticket holder, IP utility hook, front console dual cup holder, rear parcel tray, front door trim pocket, IP upper tray, rear console bottle holder are handy and user friendly.

Roomier Cabin: The taller (+15mm @ 1475mm) wider (+15mm @ 1490mm) next generation Alto K10 offers enhanced head room, and leg room. To enhance legroom for rear seat occupants, the back of front seats is scooped out.

Peppy, responsive and evolved K-Next engine: Under the hood lies the 998 cc, revolutionary K-Next all-aluminum light-weight engine. The K-Next engine alongwith drive by wire technology has been smartly integrated to offer a zippy drive, both in the city and on highways. The next generation Alto K10 zips from 0 to 60 kmph in 5.3 seconds. The K-Next engine effortlessly pumps out Max power of 68 PS @ 6000 rpm and Max torque of 90Nm @3500 rpm. Superbly geared transmission for city conditions: The next generation Manual Transmission on the new Alto K10 offers improved gearshift performance by use of detent pin technology (DPT) and diagonal shift assist (DSA). Gear ratios have been optimized for better drive and fuel efficiency. The Auto Gear Shift transmission facilitates comfortable driving in stop-go traffic conditions in cities.

Improved drive experience: Overall steering is lighter which makes driving easier. Gas filled dampers have been deployed for better ride and handling. Brakes are designed to bring down brake pedal efforts.

More for every litre: The next generation Alto K10’s aerodynamic styling and initiatives to reduce weight and minimise frictional losses, have together helped improve fuel efficiency by over 15 per cent for the petrol car. Use of high tensile steel, lightening of the engine unit by re-designing engine and use of light weight material in engine auxiliaries have helped bring down kerb weight. Low viscosity engine oil and low drag brake calliper bring down frictional losses. Drive-by wire by ensuring precise throttle control, improves fuel efficiency on the next generation Alto K10.

Smooth Ride: The choice of MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs on the front and trailing link with coil springs on the rear contribute to the excellent handling and comfortable ride on Indian roads.Besides, the next generation Alto K10 comes with the option of driver side airbag, front fog lamps, fasten seat belt indicators, 3 point ELR seat belt, key off reminder, high mount stop lamp and head lamp leveling.
Colours: The new Alto K10 comes with dual interior colour scheme. ’Tango Orange’ is the signature colour that has a Metallic finish to perfectly complement the refreshing exteriors. The 6 body colours on the new Alto K10 are:
- * Tango Orange (signature colour)
- * Granite Grey
- * Cerulean Blue
- * Fire Brick Red
- * Silky Silver
- * Superior White

Manual Variants RS Lakh
Maruti Alto K10 LX 3.06 lakh
Maruti Alto LXi 3.22 lakh
Maruti Alto VXi Rs 3.38 lakh
Maruti Alto VXi (O) Rs 3.57 lakh
Maruti Alto VXI (Automatic) 3.80 lakh
Maruti Alto CNG LXI Rs 3.82 lakh
Auto Gear Shift Rs Lakh
Alto K10 Vxi 3,80,187
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