Marking the return of the K10 moniker after two years, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has launched the all-new Alto K10, a new offering focused on the budget car segment. The new Alto K10, built on the company's modular 5th generation Heartect platform, is more rounded and a little more upright and will be sold alongside the Alto 800. The Alto K10’s only competitor in the budget segment is Renault Kwid.
Maruti claims the K-series 1.0L engine will provide fuel efficiency of 24.90 km/litre for automatic gear shift variants and 24.39 km/litre for manual transmission variants.
The Alto K10, with new exteriors and more spacious interiors, will offer more choices to those planning to buy an entry-level car, with advanced features. Maruti had discontinued the K10 after the company transmission to the government’s BS6 emission norms.
The Alto K 10 comes in four variants -- K10 STD, K10 LXi, K10 VXi and K10VXi+. The manual versions are priced starting at ₹3.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and go up to ₹5.3 lakh for the VXi model. The automatic gear shift is available with VXi and VXi+ variants only, costing ₹5.49 lakh and ₹5.83 lakh, respectively. Its price overlaps with Maruti's S-Presso (₹4.25 - 5.99 lakh) and Alto 800 (₹3.39 - 5.03 lakh) offerings.
Maruti says Alto K10 has been conceptualised, designed and developed in the country using Suzuki’s platform, powertrain, and technology. The design is less like its predecessor and more like the all-new Celerio, which is also developed on its Heartect platform.
Maruti claims Alto K10 is "more powerful" and sports a next-gen K-series 1.0L dual jet, dual VVT engine. The entry-level car offers a more spacious cabin and better features. It gets new exteriors like new headlamps and honeycomb pattern grille, rear combination lamps and R13 wheels with wheel covers. In terms of interiors, Maruti Alto K10 gets a new cabin design, centre-focused dashboard design, grey-coloured seats, and utility spaces.
The car's engine is powered by the Next-Gen K-Series 1.0L dual jet, dual VVT engine. It delivers 49kW (66.62PS) at 5,500 rpm of peak power and 89Nm at 3,500 rpm of max torque.
Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, says the Alto K10 will take its legacy forward with its fresh new design, advanced tech and safety features. "The All-New Alto K10 will re-energise the segment and exceed customer expectations with its contemporary and youthful appeal,” he adds.
In terms of comfort, convenience and in-car entertainment, the Alto K10 will come with a 7-inch smart play studio infotainment system, which features navigation and smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and other SmartPlay Studio apps.
The Alto K10 also features the front and rear door speakers; for the first time, Maruti is offering speakers on all doors for Alto. It also features a digital speedometer display, front power window switches on the instrument panel and remote keyless entry.
Since the Alto K10 is built on Suzuki’s signature Heartect platform, it offers improved crash, strength and NVH performance. Maruti claims the car has over 15 tech-driven safety features, including dual airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, pre-tensioner and force limiter front seat belts, among others.
The car is available in 6 colours, with 3 new colour options- Sizzling Red, Speedy Blue and Earth Gold. Customers can also personalise the overall K10 design with two accessory themes - “Impacto” and “Glinto”.