2014 Alto K10 or Alto 800, which Maruti is camouflaged here?
Who would’ve thought a new Alto is on its way when Alto series of hatchbacks still do highest sales among competition in India. Thanks to Anuj Kanojia for clicking the test mules, that now bring up interesting questions. What is really under the black sheet?
Well its obvious that it is an Alto, but looking at various style treatments under heavy camouflage adopted from Alto 800 and Celerio, is this really what will succeed the old looking Alto K10 or is it replacing the much criticised Alto 800 for its looks?
To mention, the parabolic concave borderline formed by combined contours of headlamps and front grille resembles Maruti Celerio, and so does the headlamps, with sharper edges. On the other hand, front grille needles to say, resembles Alto 800’s.
Front bumper looks much like Alto 800’s with its bottom lip extending distinctively outwards. The test mule features fog lamps that doesn’t seem to come in body coloured housing. Side door panels clearly parallels with those on Alto 800, but outside rearview mirrors (ORVM) look more like Celerio’s.
Interiors are reportedly new and usual 5 speed manual transmission lever caught Anuj’s eyes, but the other mule that did not wait for Anuj to take a spy peak could have been equipped with AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).
All put together, nothing suggests similarity with Alto K10, but ironically, thats why it might be the facelifted Alto K10. It seems more logical as Maruti updated the Alto 800 less than 2 years ago, while the K10 has not been updated yet. Probably Maruti is working on Alto K10 facelift which looks more like the existing Alto 800, thereby adding to their savings.
So what do you think? Is this really the facelifted Alto K10, or Maruti is trying to give a facelift to their existing 800? All said and done, expect this car to be launched later this year during festive season to help bring more joy to prospective small car goers.
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