The K-Series range of low friction, naturally aspirated petrol motors have been the most successful line of petrol engines sold in India in recent times. Maruti Suzuki has produced over 2.5 million units of the K-Series petrol engines in India, since 2008. For the record, 7 out of Maruti Suzuki’s 12 car line up in India use the K-Series petrol motor in various displacements and this number will only go up in the coming years as the automaker adds new cars.
The K-Series petrol engine first arrived to India in the engine bay of the A-Star hatchback, which is also known as the Global Suzuki Alto, the Nissan Pixo and the Suzuki Celerio in other parts of the world. The growth of the K-Series engine has been steep. While the A-Star’s K-Series motor was a three cylinder unit displacing 1 liter and outputting 67 Bhp-90 Nm, Maruti Suzuki has since introduced the K-Series engine with higher displacements, 1.2 liter and 1.4 liters.
While the 1 liter K-Series (K10) petrol motor powers the Alto K10, WagonR and the Celerio, the higher displacement K-Series engines power the likes of the Swift, Ritz, Dzire (1.2 liter K12) and the Ertiga (1.4 liter K14). The upcoming Ciaz C-Segment sedan – due for a launch next month – will also use the K14 petrol motor, which outputs 94 Bhp of peak power and 130 Nm of peak torque.
After the first K-Series motor (K10) rolled out out of Maruti Suzuki’s Indian factory in 2008, the engine hit the 500,000 units mark in under 2 years. In the next four years, volumes have been growing faster, with the engine range breaching the 2.5 million unit mark in under 6 years of launch. The K-Series range of engine are capable of running on different fuels. On the WagonR, the K10 motor runs on petrol, LPG and CNG and the K14 motor on the Ertiga can be specified with a factory fitted CNG kit option, apart from the regular petrol option.