2022 Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 launched at Rs 3.99 lakh


The return of the poor man’s pocket rocket!

The Alto K10 is where the Indians who were seeking “fun on a super-tight budget” went. I mean, it really was “a poor man’s pocket rocket”, that was until Maruti Suzuki decided to discontinue the model in early 2020, apparently to promote a strange new contraption at the time called the S-Presso. The S-Presso had problems right from the very beginning; it was marketed as a “mini-SUV”, and it looked, well, weird. I mean, its styling was nowhere near as thoughtful as that of the Kwid; it looked as if something that was designed overnight to beat the competition.

And I think it was in November 2020 when the S-Presso failed the GNCAP crash tests, MSIL realized that it made a mistake discontinuing the K10, and probably started working on a new one right away. The S-Presso still exists, but no one really gives a f*** anymore, and so, there’s no better time to re-introduce the K10 brand isn’t it? Well, here it is then, with prices starting at INR 3.99 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.

Standard 3,99,000
LXi 4,82,000
VXi 4,99,500 5,49,500
VXi+ 5,33,500 5,83,500

And BTW, the new Alto K10 will be sold under the regular Maruti dealerships (Maruti Suzuki Arena) and not NEXA.

As for styling, the new Alto K10 certainly looks a lot better than the S-Presso. Which means, those who don’t like the looks of the S-Presso can pick this one, because, you know, it’s the same thing with just a different body. The thing I don’t like, however, is that the designers didn’t care enough to make a provision for front fog lights or at least some small running lights. But hey, at least they made a huge grin on the face, and hopefully, the car puts a huge grin on the driver’s face too. Other exterior highlights include honeycomb grille pattern and honeycomb-themed wheel covers.

Inside, depending on the trim, key features include a 7-inch SmartPlay studio infotainment system with smartphone connectivity; steering-mounted audio & voice controls; manual AC with heater; front power windows, and a digital speedometer. Safety kit includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belt reminder, and reverse parking sensors.

The new Alto K10 borrows its engine from the S-Presso. It’s a 1.0L (998 cc) 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol unit with 49 kW (67 metric hp) and 89 Nm (66 lb-ft) of torque. The engine can be coupled with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or an AMT.

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