India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki has a reputation for providing affordable and easily maintainable cars to the masses. It became the first manufacturer to bring affordable automatics (Read: AMTs) to the common man in the form of the Celerio hatchback, which has met with a very good response. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is among the most affordable cars in the country and is the successor to the iconic 800. The Alto’s more powerful version – the K10 – is due for an update soon and we have come across shots showing the car in its full updated glory.
The spy pictures show the car with a new single slat chrome grille; redesigned headlights and an all-new front bumper design. The side view remains unchanged with the rear featuring redesigned tail lights, resembling that of the Celerio. All the above changes go in to giving the revised car a more contemporary look.
Making the car move will be the same 1.0litre, three-cylinder, K-series petrol engine found beneath the bonnet of the current car. That engine produces 67bhp and a useful 90Nm of torque at 3500rpm. The most significant change will be in the transmission, which will get an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) unit instead of the current 5-speed manual gearbox.
The K10 AMT will go on sale across the country in a few months from now and once launched will be the cheapest automatic on offer. It will have to face competition from the likes of the Datsun Go and Hyundai Eon 1.0litre. Price has not been revealed yet but is expected to be around the 3.0lakh mark.