The 2019 Maruti Baleno has been finally launched. This was the car which gave the premium hatchback segment a boost. While being spacious and feature loaded, it is economical as well. It has an impressive road presence and is large in size. The interiors are also roomy and feel quite airy. The Baleno is Maruti’s premium offering, hence it is sold from Nexa Experience showrooms. When it was in its production stage, we were the first to share its images, way back in November 2014. The car was codenamed ‘YRA’ then. The facelift version will mark three years of its launch.
The Maruti Baleno 2019 has turned out to be an aspirational car for buyers. It is a good combination of performance and fuel efficiency. Along with that is the reliability of the Maruti brand. It is priced well. It provides loads of space, for a hatchback. With petrol and diesel options, customers are spoiled for choice. The 2019 Maruti Baleno also gets styling updates. These updates will make it stand out. There are more features added and the lower variants will get features from the top variant as well. Hence an update. The Hyundai Elite i20 facelift has already been launched.
2019 Maruti Baleno Price in India
The 2019 Maruti Baleno was going to be priced aggressively, just like the existing car. It will cost between ₹ 5.45 lakhs and ₹ 8.77 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The hatchback will get a few more features. Styling will be tweaked. The new Maruti Baleno will be exported to European markets, apart from being sold in India.
|Prices of New Baleno (in Rs Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi)|
|Petrol Manual||Petrol CVT||Diesel Manual|
The bookings are already open for the 2019 Maruti Baleno at Rs 11,000.
2019 Maruti Baleno Mileage
2019 Maruti Baleno Mileage
|Petrol in City||13 km/l|
|Petrol on Highway||16 km/l|
|Diesel in city||16 km/l|
|Diesel on Highway||22 km/l|
This vehicle is very fuel efficient. For the petrol engine, it will return about 13 km/l in the city and about 16km/l on the highway. The 2019 Maruti Baleno CVT will return 11 km/l in the city and about 14km/l on the highway. The diesel engine will return close to 16 km/l in the city and about 19 km/l on the highway. The car is built on a lighter platform thus has a major weight reduction, which results in better fuel efficiency.
2019 Maruti Baleno Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||170 mm|
|Kerb Weight||890 kg|
There will not be any changes in the dimensions of the car. It will be identical to the current model. The Maruti hatch is a spacious hatchback and offers good road presence too.
2019 Maruti Baleno Specifications
|Engine 1||1.2-litre VVT Petrol|
|Power||[email protected] RPM|
|Torque||[email protected] RPM|
|Engine 2||1.3-litre DDiS Diesel|
|Power||[email protected] RPM|
|Torque||[email protected] RPM|
|Transmission||6-speed manual / CVT|
There are also speculations that there will be a new 1.5-litre engine introduced in the hatchback’s facelift. This engine is developed by Suzuki and will also power other cars like the new Ertiga and Ciaz. A new six-speed transmission will also make it to the car in all probability. But it won’t be coming in anytime soon. Even if it comes, it will in after the BS6 norms come in. This will be in 2020 only.
Also Read: Hyundai Elite i20 facelift
2019 Maruti Baleno Colors
|Pearl Arctic White|
2019 Maruti Baleno Interiors
- Black interiors with premium Blue detailing
- More exclusive Interior ornamentation
- Dual tone seat fabric design
The 2019 Maruti Baleno does not have any major change in the interiors. The basic black theme will continue to be there. A new upholstery will be seen this time. The dashboard layout will be the same. There will be a more advanced touchscreen audio system in place with the following features –
- 78cm capacitive touchscreen display
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Voice recognition
- Parking Camera integrated display
- BT audio streaming with BT calling
- Smart play Studio App (for navigation with live traffic updates etc.)
- Vehicle information & Alerts (low fuel, parking brake etc.)
There will be no change in the headroom or leg room. It will continue to be a spacious car.
2019 Maruti Baleno Design
The Maruti Baleno 2019 will retain its basic design. It will get a minor facelift in 2019. This hatchback is a relatively new model, globally. Hence the same platform and design will continue at least until 2023. Cosmetic changes done to the car, though, bring in some freshness. It will get a new front end. This includes a new front grille, which will look sportier. The headlamps will also have new projectors and will probably have better illumination. The LED daytime running lights also will be in a new shape, embedded within the headlamp assembly.
Basically, with the exterior some of the key points are –
- Sporty & elegant fascia with a wide stance
- New Grille with dynamic 3D detailing
- Wide sculpted detailing of fog lamp garnish
- LED Projector headlamps with DRL
- Precision cut two-tone 16” alloy wheels
The design of the Baleno will not change it will be the same as the present model.
2019 Maruti Baleno Model Engine
The engines of the 2019 Maruti Baleno will remain the same and there will be no change in them. These are a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel. Both will be offered with a five-speed manual, while the petrol will continue to have the CVT option too. The petrol engine will have great performance, complemented by the light weight of the car. The performance of the petrol engine is currently the best in its segment. The engine is highly refined and it has good power on offer too. At the same time, this engine packs in generous torque too. There will an option of the Baleno RS too which has a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. This will be aimed at enthusiastic drivers who like performance cars.
Maruti Baleno 2019 Diesel Engine
The Maruti Baleno diesel is a 1.3-litre unit which will produce 75bhp of power. It will get a five-speed manual gearbox. This is the very competitive engine and Maruti would like to continue with it. With the lower weight of the car, it performs well too and is fuel efficient. There are also rumors about a new 1.5-litre diesel unit making its way into the Baleno. If so, this will replace the 1.3-litre, Fiat-sourced engine.
2019 Maruti Baleno Competition
The 2019 Maruti Baleno facelift will compete with the recently launched 2018 Hyundai Elite i20, the new Volkswagen Polo, and the facelifted Honda Jazz. There shall also be the Tata 45X and even the Kia Rio that will be made available in a year and a half’s time.
The Baleno has been selling in good numbers. The car will continue to be one of Nexa’s front-runners in the premium hatchback segment.
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Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater will not come to India
We had revealed two years back that Maruti will be getting a 7 Seater Wagon R as well. Maruti has been working on a 7 seater and the time car had been spotted testing in India too. Now we bring you some updated news. This car will not be coming to India. Targeting first-time car buyers, Maruti Wagon R will be launched only in South Asian countries. This 7 seater will not come to India. The reasoning offered by Maruti is that the car will be an unnecessary product and it will be just added to costs and will not yield the desired profits or success the company wants. Also, the Maruti Eeco and the Maruti Omni are filling the gap which was thought to be filled by the Wagon R 7 Seater. The Eeco and Omni will be refreshed and updated soon. (more…)
Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater
Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater will be coming to India soon. This will be a good idea to get an affordable 7 Seater Wagon R.
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2019 Maruti Wagon R review: Made for India, by India
The Maruti Wagon R has been one of India’s top selling cars for a very long time now. The car is widely used in the commercial sector and has been a trusty steed for those who are first time buyers. Many swear by the cars no-nonsense approach to motoring and the immense amount of practicality it has on offer. So what has changed in new generation 2019 Maruti Wagon R? A lot. This is no longer a car that we are now used to seeing in the traffic as an Uber or something that is going annoyingly slow in the first lane of the highway. The 2019 Maruti Wagon R is here with a host of different updates and new features. It is different from the Wagon R sold in Japan. It is built for India, by India. Maruti has engineered and built a car that is specifically for our country, road conditions and customer needs.
Specifications and Safety
The new Wagon R is also based on Suzuki’s latest Heartect platform. Benefits of the new platform are better dynamics, overall lighter and improved overall safety. The Heartect platform also results in more space in the cabin. The new Wagon R is wider longer and has got more legroom and knee room than before. The car shares most of its dynamics, proportions with Maruti’s NEXA offering, the Ignis. Along with the new platform the new Wagon R continues to get the old 1.0-litre 3 cylinder engine that makes 68bhp and a new much powerful 1.2-litre engine four-cylinder K12 engine. The option of the 83hp engine is in response to the demands of customers wanting more power in the Wagon R. In terms of safety now, the car now comes with ABS and EBD as standard across all variants. Also standard is the driver side airbags, seatbelt reminder for driver and passenger, central locking, rear parking sensors, speed alert system and child-proof rear door locks.
With the overall length of 3655mm, a width of 1620mm and height of 1675mm, new 2019 Wagon R is certainly bigger. Maruti has designed the car to give it a robust look. At the front, the car gets new headlamps which are a departure from the square like headlamps that are seen on the older Wagon R. The headlamps are a unique dual split unit which will make the car look more modern. Could Maruti have offred DRLs and projector headlights on this unit? It would have been a segment first and a really good premium feature to have. But as we know manufacturers like to save features for a facelift and if the Baleno has just got them now, so could the Wagon R and Ignis in the future soon. The car now gets a modern architecture chrome grille. There are new lines on the car too. The bonnet and the side carry these distinctive lines which make the car look bigger and better. On the side, we also see a new design element on the rear, C pillar. The design looks like the car has sideburns on the rear and is also a little bit more distinctive. The rear has a very sculpted look with the big new taillamps which look like they are inspired by the new Ertiga. The chrome strip on the boot now carries the name WagonR on it.
Overall this car now looks very proportionate and very distinctive. The car still does not get stuff like alloy wheels in the top variant, DRLs, and a small shark fin antenna. The car could have done with chunkier wheels too. Speaking of the wheels, the wheel arches have no cladding and the exposed metal welds look very bad. But these shortcomings are a not a dealbreaker for someone who is looking for a new Wagon R. Many accessories are going to be offered in this car. To know more about accessories on the new Wagon R – Click here
The first thing that one experiences when entering the Wagon R is the amount of space available. The car has now got more space than ever. The ingress-egress is the best on the Wagon R and this only gets better on the new car. The cabin feels airy and the large glass area gives one a great view out of the cabin too. The cabin itself now looks better and gets a dual-tone black-and-beige theme upholstery. The new touchscreen system which is the new Smartplay Studio – 17.78 cm Touchscreen Infotainment is good and gets a really nice UI. Paired with this new touchscreen, one gets Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB/AUX controls and Steering mounted controls. This system also offers AHA, an internet radio service. What is really a let down is the 2 speakers that come with this system. A couple of tweeters added or a four-speaker system would have been ideal. Also, the car now gets power windows as standard and comes with Auto Down function for the driver side.
Under the touchscreen, we get the AC controls, which are a manual unit and is fairly simple to use. There is also a charging socket underneath and storage space. Storage is not a problem with all door easily accommodating 1-liter bottles each and a unique storage solution with an undertray on the co-drivers side. Practicality has been the Wagon R’s key offering, and the new model only improves in this area. Boot space is now 341 litres, this makes it more spacious than the Vitara Brezza. Except for the base variant, the seats split 60:40 which make for more storage. Some drawbacks at the rear are that the loading lip is a bit high and parcel tray does not have strings so that it can tilt up when the boot is opened.
We experienced the 1.2-litre engine in the Wagon R with it’s manual and AMT variants. The 1.2-litre engine has already proven itself as a good engine in the Baleno, Ignis, Swift and DZire. The 83bhp engine on the 845kg car feels more than adequate. The gearshifts are very smooth have no problem at all. This new engine in the Wagon R loves to be revved and surprisingly picks up speed quickly. The wider track of the Heartect platform have improved stability and handling too. Straight line acceleration is liner and the car does not mind being in the 5000-6000 rev range. While there is no strain on the engine and the car feels like it has more to give after the mid-range powerband is over, at the top end this car is noisy. The tyre noise and high revving engine combination make for a noisy cabin. Noise insulation can be a bit better. Also we can see the lack of grip with the 165/70/R14 tyres. They are great tyres for economical drives, but push them to fast in a corner and the little wheels do feel like they are on the edge of grip. The new powerful engine and the manual gearbox do make for a very enjoyable drive. We do think that a larger and wider set of tyres will make the car a bit more engaging and better.
Thoughts on the AMT? Well, this will be loved by city-dwellers and while it is not the best AMT out there it is a good unit. The upshifts are slow and the car tends to be stuck in the lower gears before making its mind to shift up. This can easily be solved with the manual mode at your disposal. The gearshifts are much more responsive now and your control over the gear selection is now maximized.
Our final verdict for this new Wagon R is a bit unorthodox. We have spoken about the 1.2-litre engine that we experienced. But given the price of the 1.2-litre engine and the features one gets at the price point it’s a very expensive deal. What a Wagon R owner is really after is efficiency, practicality, and the best Value For Money deal. Because of this, the car that we would recommend is the Wagon R 1.0-litre. The 1.2-litre with the Zxi variant is not going to offer a lot more features than the top-end Vxi variant of the 1.0-litre car. The VXI AMT makes a lot of sense. It gets the space, the efficiency and for everyday city driving, it’s an excellent choice.
To know more about the breakdown of the variants and prices of the 2019 Maruti Wagon R – click here
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Maruti Ciaz 2018: Launched, prices start at ₹ 8,19,000 lakh (ex-showroom)
The Maruti Ciaz 2018 has been launched. The car now looks even more attractive from the front. It gets a new front end that consists of a sleek looking grille. The Ciaz 2018 now looks more sophisticated and premium. This is the major change in the exteriors. The interior also gets subtle changes. The booking for the new Ciaz are already underway and the price too has been reveled.
The Maruti Ciaz 2018 has prices starting from 8,19,00 lakhs and go up to 10,97,000 lakhs for the top end diesel and petrol variants. The car also car also gets a new 1.5-litre k-15 petrol engine and a updated interior and exterior. The cars new features include a new hill assist, cruise control and ESP too.
The Maruti Ciaz 2018 has been launched today. The new Ciaz is going to be a great competitor with some new features for the Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris and Honda City.
The Ciaz 2018 will be getting a new six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. The engines on the Ciaz will also be new. These are 1.5-litre units, both in petrol and diesel. This is the flagship sedan of Maruti and they will take the fight closer to the Honda City, it’s prime competitor. The Ciaz has been selling in decent numbers and contributing to the sedan segment significantly. There was a time when it outsold the Honda City as well. This is when Honda did not have a diesel engine.
Now, since Honda City comes with a diesel option too, the Ciaz has taken a beating. Maruti wants to keep the fight alive and hence, they will be launching a facelifted version. While the changes will be limited as far as cosmetics are go, the car will get a new heart, which is expected to change the game for Maruti in this segment. Read further to know more about the Maruti Ciaz 2018.
New Maruti Ciaz 2018
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 will be a facelift. It will get some added features and minor tweaks in styling. New engines also will be offered this time. This will make the Ciaz a better value for money product.
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Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT – Most affordable Automatic SUV
Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT has become one of the most desirable SUVs in no time. Buyers had been waiting for this variant for long and now it has finally been launched. It has the distinction of being the most affordable automatic SUV in the country. The prices of the Vitara Brezza AMT starts at ₹ 9.3 Lakhs (on-road, Delhi). The AMT was launched in a quiet way and instantly created a big buzz. We had earlier revealed, last year that the Vitara Brezza AMT will be launched this year. The Tata Nexon AMT was launched last month. We were all the first to convey that the Brezza AMT will come in three variants – VDi, ZDi and ZDi+. With only a diesel engine, the Brezza is the best selling SUV in India. The demand for this one is high even today. Like many other segments, Maruti has been dominating this one as well
The typical SUV feel that the Maruti Vitara Brezza offers, is liked by many. This is the highest selling SUV because of the peace of mind one gets with the Maruti brand. The Brezza has become an even more attractive product with the introduction of the AMT. This is sure to increase volumes for the already best selling SUV. There will be more players coming into this segment and thus we will see fiercer competition. The Indian manufacturer has launched the AMT in 3 variants in the Maruti Vitara Brezza. This is the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) version or Auto Gear Shift, as Maruti have termed it. There has been a high number of bookings already for the AMT version. Previously sold with a 5-speed manual only, the Vitara Brezza now another option offered. The Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT seems to be good value and also a convenient option. What is the Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT like? We tell you in our detailed preview.
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New Maruti Swift 2017, should you wait for it? ALL DETAILS!
Some cars just need an update to improve their sales. The brand name is strong, buyers await a new-gen and needs to be done is launch it. There is the Honda City, Maruti Wagon R and even the Maruti Swift. These vehicles enjoy this privilege. The new Maruti Swift 2017 is in the making. The company is looking at enhancing its products and one of them is this hatchback. Launched back in 2005, this was a runaway success. Then came the diesel engine in 2007. This revolutionised the market. It was quiet, fast and fuel-efficient. Buyers looking at getting something fun and not too expensive picked up the new Swift. Back in the day, it was made available with only L, V and V ABS for the diesel engine.
The next-generation came in 2011. This got all the diesel variants like petrol. It became bigger, offered more features and did look stylish too. A good replacement. The current Swift misses out on automatic, has a small boot and rear space is somewhat tight. Today most of the cars in this segment offer touchscreen, projector headlamps, Reverse camera and other bits that go missing on the current Swift.
The 2017 Maruti Swift will get all these additions to make it an even better package. The new Heartect platform is about 100 to 120 kilograms lighter, wider and has a longer wheelbase too. The engines will be the same 1.2-litre petrol K-Series and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel. There will be automatic (AMT) offered on petrol and even diesel engines. More features on offer on the outside and even inside.
New Maruti Swift 2017
New Maruti Swift 2017 is an all new car, based on a new light platform and this will be better in performance and mileage. More features will also be on offer as well.
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2017 Maruti S-Cross facelift launching in October
The 2017 Maruti S-Cross will be launching very soon. This is another Crossover from Maruti, which was launched before the popular Vitara Brezza. The S-Cross is a premium vehicle as compared to the Brezza and offers best of both worlds, which is a car like feel with a high ground clearance and good utility. The 2017 Maruti S-Cross is a facelift so the changes of this vehicle will be minimal. We were the first to bring you the news about the 1.6-litre engine being discontinued in the S-Cross facelift. This vehicle will only come with the 1.3-litre diesel engine.
There are afew changes that S-Cross will be getting, howvwer, they are purely cosmetic in nature. The exteriors are upgraded mainly. This includes a new front fascia. The changes on the inside are not too many. Performance lover will now be a bit disappointed as the more powerful 1.6-litre version will not make it in the facelift.
The Maruti S-Cross had earned itself an expensive car tag due the high price of the 1.6-litre version. This was one of the reasons for the vehicle to clock luke warm sales numbers. This was the first vehicle to be sold from the Nexa showrooms. Now with Nexa getting more popular and spreading wide, there is a chance that the S-Cross facelift will do better than before.
2017 Maruti S-Cross facelilft
Maruti S-Cross 2017 will offer be one of the most feature loaded car in this segment. There won’t be anything new on offer especially in features.
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Maruti Ciaz S – new variant has been launched
Maruti Ciaz S has been launched for Rs 9.39 lakhs for the petrol and Rs 11.55 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). This is an all new version, which has been launched. Maruti had moved the Ciaz to the Nexa Experience brand and since this is a new addition. This new variant shall be offering more features like front and rear spoiler, all black interiors and grey chrome finish for the dashboard. The variant names had changed when the Ciaz moved into the Nexa showrooms. What’s more? A new Nexa Blue is also being offered on the Ciaz. (more…)
Maruti Ciaz is one of the best offering in this segment and the company continues to dominate this range of cars with the best value for money product.
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Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Comparison
Tata will be launching its new compact SUV, the Nexon, early next year. We have already driven it and here is our detailed review.The Nexon has already created a lot of buzz when its was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, earlier this year. Does the Nexon have the stuff to challenge its toughest rival – Maruti Vitara Brezza? On one there is the favourite brand of many – Maruti Suzuki and the other hand is Tata Motors, which hasn’t failed to make an impression yet. Read more to find out the Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Comparison.
Two compact SUVs by the largest car makers in the country. This will be an exciting battle. Maruti Vitara Brezza has been loved by many. Not just for its styling but even for its reliability. On the other hand, Tata Nexon is here to impress and kill. This new compact SUV promises to offer a lot more at more affordable pricing. A bit early to come to any kind of conclusion, but the company is looking at offering more bells and whistles and at the same continue with its appealing designs. Tata has worked on the design of this new SUV, offered it with more features, a petrol engine also and of course better performance too. So to say in a few words the Nexon does look appealing and has its strong points, which can make it a better choice than the Breeze. But is it really better in the real world? We share all the details.
Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza are very close in overall picture. So read further to know more.
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Nexa aims at changing car service experience
Nexa, Maruti’s premium car retail brand had redefined the manner in which a car purchase can be done. After two years of success, Nexa is now looking and bringing about a radical change in the service experience for its customers. Utilizing design, technology and its experience, Nexa Service will be looking at pampering the customers through innovation and offer path-breaking services.
New Maruti Swift Sport revealed
After the successful launch of the new Maruti DZire, the New Maruti Swift 2018 is already getting ready for launch in India. Meanwhile, Suzuki has also revealed the new Swift Sport, which will also make its way into India. This performance hatchback will be shortly making its debut at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, this September. The Maruti Swift Sport that will be coming to India will be based on the 2018 Maruti Swift, which is likely to be launched at the Auto Expo 2018. The basic design of the Maruti Swift Sport will be the same. However, it will get a lot of styling elements which will enhance the looks of this hatchback. This sporty hatchback will look quite different due to these styling elements and will be a good option for this who tend to modify their cars in the aftermarket, to have an individuality.
The Maruti Swift will come with modified bumpers, a different fog lamp assembly, black colored side panels and new larger diameter alloy wheels. It will get a glossy black insert on the rear bumper. The interiors of the car will also be very sporty. It will have an all-black interior theme. It will also have leather upholstery and this will come with contrast colour stitching, that will add to the overall sporty feel of the car.
The Maruti Swift Sport will be a very powerful hatchback as it will come fitted with a 1..4-litre K14C Boosterjet engine. This engine will develop 148bhp of power and an enormous 245Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual and also a six-speed automatic. However, the Indian version will get only the manual version, most likely. This hatchback will offer high standards of handling and the suspension is likely to be on the stiffer side. Will this be the sporty hatchback you have waiting for? Read further to know more about the Maruti Swift Sport.
Maruti Swift Sport
Maruti Swift 2016 offered with a discount of INR 67,000
The Maruti Swift 2016 is now available at a discount upto INR 67,000 in Hyderabad. The discount in Bengaluru is INR 60,000. If you are in Mumbai you can avail upto INR 50,000 as discount. In addition to the discounts, there is one year free roadside assistance also being provided.
Maruti Swift 2016 is one of the best selling hatchbacks for the company. One of the most popular hatchbacks considered while buying a mid-size one. The second generation has been highly successful carrying forward first-generation’s legacy. So, what the new Swift 2016 have on offer? The new generation Swift will be launched early next year, hence there is good discount being offered from the company
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Maruti Celerio available with discount upto INR 67,000
You can get a Maruti Celerio with a discount of INR 67,000, being offered only in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. For Mumbai, the discount/benefits are for INR 55,000 and for NCR is INR 34,000. If you are interested in buying the Celerio, be sure to fill in your details below.
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Maruti S-Cross discount of Rs 50,000
Maruti S-Cross is the company’s first crossover. There is a discount on it for Rs 50,000 in Mumbai, Rs 40,000 in Hyderabad. In NCR there are no discounts available at the moment. Even in Pune, there are discounts of up to Rs 20,000. If you are looking at booking yourself one, then we have left the form at the end of this story.
The Maruti S-Cross is a good crossover. It has a powerful 1.6-litre petrol engine and this has good mileage too. We will recommend this, if you like something quick, has good ground clearance and mileage too.
Maruti Alto K10 AMT gets a discount of INR 67,000
The Maruti Alto K10 AMT is being offered with a huge discount of upto INR 67,000 in Bengaluru. The discount makes the car much more value for money. The discount of INR 40,000 is offered in Mumbai and about INR 22,000 in NCR and about INR 45,000 in Hyderabad. The Alto K10 has recently seen some major revolution in the design, performance and in the interior of the car. This change has, for sure, bought a lot more buyers for the new Maruti Suzuki Alto. Read our detailed review.
Maruti Alto K10 Design
The previous Maruti Alto K10 had the old Alto shape, which has been completely phased out. The exterior of the Maruti Alto K10 now looks sufficiently different than the Alto 800 from both, the rear and the front even though it is the same under its skin. The headlamps have grown bigger and bolder with a distinguishing front grille with a thick chrome slate and the ‘S’ shape symbol of Suzuki in-between. The lower air dams are black and do look smarter than its previous design.
The side profile of the Maruti Alto K10 also looks a bit different with a black-fibre strip right in the center and what we could see was the rear window had reduced in dimensions. The door panels also get blackened and this black touch all over the car makes the exterior look a bit sporty.
The rear also gets bigger tail lamps, which are somewhat different than the Alto 800. The number plate slot has moved down to the bumper while it appears that the rear hatch door as well as the tail lamps have been flattened a bit to give it a look of a big sized car.
Maruti Alto K10 Interior
The interior of the Maruti Alto K10 is totally fresh when compared to its 800cc sibling. The console and the dash has a black and beige tone with the instrument cluster having features like the USB option and aux input and a mp3 player. The buttons are big and clear and hence easy and convenient to use. This new centre console is a welcome after the old Alto 800 styling, which does look outdated.
The Maruti Alto K10 gets new rich beige fabric seats to add a pinch of richness in the cabin. The cabin space is sufficient and feels airy. The front row seats are comfortable for even long drives. In the second row there is sufficient kneeroom even for tall people and there is enough head room as well, but the thigh support could have been better.
Maruti Alto K10 Engine
The Maruti Alto K10 gets a 1.0-litre engine which is mated with a five-speed manual gear box and producing 67bhp and 90Nm of power. This three-cylinder engine has be good power but most of its is delivered at high rpm. One needs to revv the engine to extract the best performance from it. For those quick overtaking moves, one has to downshift. Driving the Maruti Alto K10 in city is easy and one doesn’t have to shift a lot of gears in traffic.
The engine has a good punch and it doesn’t feel running out of juice even on highways. The engine’s NVH levels are also low. This engine also powers the Wagon R and the Celerio, but as this body is lighter, the performance is much better.
Maruti Alto K10 AMT
The AMT is a boon for those who are tired of shifting gears in mad traffic. Maruti Suzuki has found a superb solution, which is a clutch free gearshift known as the AMT gearbox. The Maruti Alto K10 AMT is very similar to the manual version but without the clutch. The Maruti Alto K10 AMT performs a little different from a fully automatic transmission. In this gearbox one can definitely feel the gearshifts happening under the hood and at this time the driver feels the car to be just numb. There is no response or I can say there a slight pause in the engine when such gearshifts occur, especially till it is in the third gear.
Though the pause is very evident, the power delivered after a certain speed is just straight forward, push the gas pedal hard and you get a quick response. Overtaking on highways at high speed is also not a big deal for the AMT. Still the best use of this AMT can be felt in traffic conditions as your drive becomes just hassle free due to this AMT gearbox.
The best part about Maruti Alto K10 AMT was its quick gearshifts. As we touched 50km/hr the car was already in its top gear. This proves how fuel-efficient the car is. The Maruti Alto K10 AMT gave us a fair mileage of 20kmpl keeping our speed restricted between 80-100km/hr.
Maruti Alto K10 Ride and Handling
The Maruti Alto K10 gives a very smooth and a happy experience to the driver. The ride quality is good in city and in fact the suspension does a good job too. The Maruti Alto K10 felt very pliant at high speeds. It was clearly evident that the car could be under your control at any point of the time. Even the steering response is good, even though it is light and easy to drive. The 1.0-litre engine is very smooth, linear yet active.
We drove the petrol variant of the car, both on the highway and in the city traffic. The city driving in the Maruti Alto K10 was effortless as the car could move smoothly without any gearshifts even at low speeds whereas on highways it felt very active as well as linear. Overtaking was found to be simple as power supplied was sufficient. There was enough power supplied post 2000rpm, which pulled on till the red line.
Maruti Alto K10 Price
The Maruti Alto K10 is being offered with six different options from the base LX, LXi, VXi, VXi-AMT and the CNG option. The price of the Alto K10 starts at INR 4 lakhs to INR 4.5 lakhs (on-road, Delhi).
Maruti Alto K10 Competition
The competitors for the Maruti Alto K10 are the Renault Kwid 1.0 and Hyundai Eon 1.0. But what advantage Maruti Alto K10 has is the Maruti Suzuki after sales service and resale value that no other car can give in this segment, currently.
Maruti Alto K10
Maruti Alto K10 is part of the Alto family, which is the highest selling car in the country. This doesn’t need any thing more saying on it.
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