The coming weeks will see Maruti Suzuki launching the facelifted versions of the Alto K10 and the Swift hatchbacks. Among the two, the Alto K10 will see a major mechanical change in the form of an automated manual transmission (AMT) being added. The Alto K10 will be sold with petrol and CNG power options.
However, only the petrol engine is expected to receive the AMT option. The petrol engine of the Alto K10 Facelift will carry over the pre-facelift car’s 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine that outputs 67 Bhp of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. This engine will get a 5 speed manual transmission as standard fare.
In terms of cosmetic changes, the Alto K10 will discard its previous top hat for a unit borrowed from the Alto 800. This top hat borrowing is expected to give Maruti Suzuki attractive cost savings going forward, as both the Alto 800 and the Alto K10 Facelifts will use the same top hat.
The top hat of the Alto K10 Facelift will show detailing changes to differentiate the car from its lower priced sibling. The head lamps and tail lamps of the Alto K10 Facelift will see major changes and so will the front fascia. The Alto K10 is expected to retain the price-positioning of the pre-facelift model.
However, the AMT variants commanding a premium of about 40,000 rupees over equivalent manual gearbox equipped variants. Mass production of the Alto K10 Facelift has already commenced at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon factory. Thousands of facelifted Alto K10 MT and AMT models, ready for dealer dispatch, have been spotted at Maruti Suzuki’s stockyard.
Getting to the other major facelift in Maruti Suzuki’s car range for this Diwali, the Swift has received a mild nip and tuck job. New features, as seen on in the latest set of spyshots, include LED daytime running lights, chromed door handles and reverse parking sensors.
The facelifted car is also expected to gain Bluetooth connectivity, one touch driver’s side power window operation, power assist for wing mirror folding, start-stop button on the dashboard and a key less entry system. The additional features are expected to be offered on the ZXi and ZDi trims of the Swift Facelift.
In terms of mechanicals, the Swift Facelift is likely to retain the existing petrol and turbo diesel engine set ups, with 1.2 liter K-Series (85 Bhp-114 Nm) and 1.3 liter Multijet (89 Bhp-190 Nm) motors on offer. Five speed manual transmissions will be on offer on both engines.
As is case of the Alto K10 Facelift, Maruti Suzuki has begun producing the Swift Facelift in India, at its Manesar factory. The Swift Facelift is ready for dealer dispatch, ahead of the car’s Diwali launch. Expect the prices of the facelifted car to see mild upward revisions owing to the additional kit on offer.
The third Maruti Suzuki car model due to receive a facelift in the coming weeks is the Dzire compact sedan. Changes on the facelifted Dzire are expected to be largely cosmetic in nature and similar to those on the Swift Facelift. The compact sedan will retain its petrol and diesel engine, and manual and automatic transmission line ups without any changes.
Spyshots courtesy Gaadiwaadi