Maruti Alto is an Indian-designed version of 5th generation Alto, developed and engineered by Maruti Suzuki. It was introduced in India in the month of September 2000, albeit Alto nameplate was quite successfully being used for exporting Maruti Zen from India to Europe since 1994. The Maruti Alto K10 is considered to be one of the best selling hatchbacks in the country and since 2006; it is the largest selling vehicle of India, crossing one million production number in 2008. Till the launch of K10 Alto, the standard model was propelled by a 796cc 3-cylinder gasoline powerplant with four valves per cylinder, a 32bit ECM and MPFI. All vehicles were paired with 5-speed manual gearbox.
Maruti Alto K10 is an incarnation of a common platform engineered with Japanese principles of kei-ji-dosha that strictly decide its dimensions. There also used to be VXI/VX trim propelled by a 1061cc four-cylinder engine that generated 64 horsepower with 80 newton meters of torque. It accelerated from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in the time range of 20 seconds with the top speed of 137kmph. Variants include LX and LXI; the LX comes with air conditioning, tinted windows, fabric seats, floor front console with cupholders, heater and more, while the LXI gains additional equipments, including incorporated back seat head restraints, electric power steering and remote fuel lid opener and more.
The Maruti Alto K10 was also regarded as a natural successor to the equally famous and time tested Maruti 800, which was equipped all the high end features like power steering, 5th gear and power assisted braking. It is a new face of standard Alto filled with plenty of excitement on-road. The all-new Alto K10 is powered by a 998c three-cylinder K10B powerplant, which is good for producing 68PS of power with 90 newton meters of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in the time range of 13.3 seconds and offers the fuel economy 20.2 kilometers per litre.
The newly designed and updated Maruti Alto K10 comes standard with quite a lot of features and equipments, which include tinted glasses, internally adjustable outside rearview mirrors, smart yet precise front grille, body colored bumpers, wedge-shaped elegant tailgate, bold headlights, new rear combination lights, large 13-inch tubeless tires, interesting body side moldings and fashionable wheel covers. Besides these, you will also find quite a lot of interior features, which include color coordinated door trim fabric, vibrant new shades for upholstery, incorporated headrests at rear and front, elegant gear knob, vanity mirror, all-new tachometer. electronic tripmeter and speedometer, rear parcel tray, accessory socket, front power windows, cupholder and ash tray, Key off reminder, a heater and air conditioning, enhanced knee room for backseat passenger comfort, power steering, back door opener and remote fuel tank lid.
Standard passive and active safety features on Maruti Alto K10 include enhanced suspension system, collapsible steering column, side impact beams, enhanced braking system, headlamp leveling device, front foglights, central locking, child locks on rear door, high mounted taillamp and engine immobilizer via i-CATS for minimizing burglary chances.