Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 – New avatar of one of the most economical Indian car

Maruti Suzuki India ltd launched a modified version of its top selling car Alto with Maruti’s latest generation K10 engine. Maruti Alto K10 is new version of popular small car Alto with enhanced features, improved mileage and powerful K-Series 1000cc Engine @ attractive price. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 will be available in two variants LXI & VXI with six colors Sunlight Copper, Midnight Black, Fire Brick Red, Ecru Beige, Silky Silver and Superior White.

Alto K10 will be available in August 2010 for Indian Customers (Test Drive & Booking). Alto K10 Ex-Showroom Price in India will be Approx 3 Lacs for Alto K10 LXI and Approx 3.25 Lacs for Alto K10 VXI . Maruti claims the Alto K10 returns a mileage of 20.3 Kmpl under standard conditions which is slightly better than the current Alto. The K-Series engine in the new Maruti Suzuki Alto is designed to boost performance and overall efficiency figures.  Maruti-Suzuki-Alto-K10-Official-Commercial

Alto K10 Technical Specification:

*1000cc Engine same as Wagon-R, A-Star & Estilo

*Max Power: 68PS @ 6200rpm

*Max Torque: 90Nm @ 3500rpm

*New cable type transmission for smoother gear shifts

 *13” inch wheels

*Two Tone Interiors

 *3-spoke steering wheel

*Amber illuminated speedometer, tachometer and an electronic trip-meter

*Booster assisted braking system

*Better Suspension

*0-100KMPH in Just 13.3 Seconds

Maruti-Suzuki on Wednesday launched a new version of its best-selling Alto with the K10B engine in a price range of Rs 3.03 – 3.16 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. The engine is the same as found under the hood of A-Star, Estilo and the new Wagon R. Exteriors too have been mildly refreshed to provide the car with a distinctive look. The new Alto now poses serious threat to the market of Hyundai Santro and Chevrolet Spark.


The new Alto K10 has now got a slightly fresh look and a significantly more powerful engine than the existing 800cc Alto yet provides an increased fuel efficiency of 20.2 kmpl as certified by ARAI. With 68 ps on tap from the new 998 cc engine and just an increase of 50 kg the performance is sure to be class-leading. 0-100 timings are claimed to be 13.3 seconds opposed to 17.3 of the existing Alto.

On the design front the old headlamps make way for newly designed units and the grille too has been changed. The interiors too have been refreshed and the instrument console is now amber illuminated. There are many other features which make this car a great VFM buy at its cost. The length of the car has been increased by 125 mm and the car is comparatively wider and taller too. The suspension and booster assisted braking system have been retuned for the K10.The two variants named lxi and Vxi will be available in six colours.

A few more important features and their claimed benefits for the new Alto are as follows:

5-speed manual transmission with cable shift for smoother shifts
13 inch wheels with tubeless tyres
Lower NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels
Higher ground clearance of 160 mm
Small turning radius of 4.6 metres
Fog lamps
Dual-tone interior scheme
Front power windows
Remote boot & fuel lid opener
Headrests for rear passengers

The models of Spark which can be considered as a direct competition of the new Alto are the 1.0 LS and 1.0 LT. Both these models come equipped with and AC and power steering and a 1.0 litre engine generating 63 ps. ARAI certified fuel efficiency stands at 17kmpl, significantly lower than the new Alto as per the segment requirements.

Although the Spark has been doing well in the past the new Alto will surely cause some tense moments in the board room of GM India. When compared with the new Alto the Spark fares out pretty much equal in terms of equipment levels but loses out on key areas such as power and fuel efficiency despite being more expensive. Although the Spark pulls back some ground on the basis of the extra space the revised size of the new Alto offsets that advantage to a large extent.

The Santro has been around for many years now and even though the i10 was originally conceived as a replacement for it the persistent demand for Santro allowed Hyundai to sell both the cars side by side. That however might change very soon because of the new Alto K10. The Santro in its GL and GLS variants seems well-suited for a comparison with the Alto K10.

The1.1 litre engine developing 63 ps delivers 16.8 km for a litre of petrol and is easy o the pocket too in terms of maintenance. In terms of equipment level the Santro fares out even more or less with both the cars but once again significantly loses out on the pricing and performance fronts. Saving grace factors for the Santro are Hyundai’s well-established service network, high re-sale value and more space.

Specification Alto K10 Spark Santro 
Length (mm) 3620 3495 3565
Width N/A 1495 1525
Height N/A 1518 1590
Wheelbase N/A 2345 2380
Kerb Weight 785 840 854
Ground Clearance 160 170 172
Engine (litre) 1.0 1.0 1.1
Power (ps) 68 63 63
Torque (Nm) 90 90 89
Arai Certified Fuel efficiency (km/l) 20.2 17 16.8
Price (ex, New Delhi in lakhs) 3.03 – 3.16 3.5 – 3.8 3.46 – 3.7

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