Maruti Suzuki has added an automated manual transmission to the facelifted K10 hatchback, and along the way has also managed to bump up fuel efficiency by over 15 %. The Alto K10 AMT’s mileage is an ARAI rated 24.07 Kmpl, making the hatchback the most fuel efficient automatic car in India. The Alto K10 AMT will be launched shortly and will get a major exterior facelift and jazzed up interiors. The car will also be available with a 5 speed manual gearbox.
In facelifted guise, the 2015 Alto K10 uses the top hat of the Alto 800, with tweaks to the front and rear styling through the addition of new headlamps and tail lamps. The new top hat means that the facelifted car is 15 mm shorter than the outgoing Alto K10, but retains the wheelbase of the older model. The engine on the Alto K10 will be carried over from the pre-facelift model. The engine is a 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series unit that outputs 67 Bhp of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque.
The car also loses 15 kilograms in weight and this weight reduction, along with tweaks to the engine’s mapping, are major reasons for the boost in fuel efficiency. In terms of pricing, the AMT variant of the Alto K10 Facelift is likely to be pegged at about 40,000 rupees higher than the manual transmission equipped variant. Maruti Suzuki could price the Alto K10 close to the pre-facelift model’s prices given the cost savings due to the sharing of the top hat with the Alto 800.
The Alto K10 AMT is the second Maruti Suzuki car to be equipped with the automated manual transmission. Buoyed by the Celerio AMT’s success, more AMT equipped cars will be added to Maruti Suzuki’s vehicle line up in India. The WagonR is one such car that is expected to get an AMT option next year. Other car makers such as Mahindra and Tata Motors are also betting big on AMT units for their vehicles which are priced under 10 lakh rupees.