Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest car manufacturer has a wide range of cars in the line up. One of the popular model from the manufacturer was the Alto and Alto K10. Maruti Suzuki has been updating their line up to meet the BS6 emission norms and Alto K10 was one of the small hatchback that had not received the update. It was already hinted that Alto K10 might not get the BS6 update and will be discontinued soon. Maruti Suzuki has now done just that and has removed the Alto K10 from their official website.
The Alto K10 was in the market for quite some time. It was initially launched in 2010 and choice for the buyers who were looking for an Alto but with a bit more powerful engine. Maruti Suzuki launched a facelifted version of th K10 in 2014 and ever since then the design of the car has not changed at all. The only change made by the manufacturer afterwards was the addition of standard safety features like parking sensors, airbags and ABS to meet the new safety norms.
In comparison to the regular Alto or the Alto 800, the Alto K10 got a bit more powerful K-Series engine. It was powered by a 998-cc K10B engine that produced a maximum of 67 Bhp and 90 Nm of torque. It was available with a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT gearbox. Just like many other cars from Maruti Suzuki, the Alto K10 also got the option of a factoory fitted CNG kit.
As the Alto K10 has now been discontinued, S-Presso which Maruti Suzuki is selling as a mini SUV is likely to take its place. The S-Presso is also powered by a 1.0 litre engine and is available with a manual and an AMT gearabox. The engine in the S-Presso generates 67 Bhp and 90 Nm torque which the same as that of the Alto K10.
Maruti S-Presso is a suitable replacement for the Alto K10. It uses the same engine but looks like a mini SUV. It is a tall car and the seating position is also high in comparison to K10. The ground clearance is also better and also gets latest features like touchscreen infotainment system. It’s powered by the same, 1.0 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine with 67 Bhp-90 Nm on tap. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard while an AMT option is also on offer. The car is built on the HEARTECT platform, and is one of the lightest one sold by Maruti.