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When India Met K-Series Engines | Arenaworld

Maruti Suzuki has always been dedicated to introducing the best of technologies and innovations into the automobile market in India. K-series engines are in line with that legacy of excellence, utilizing an innovative design approach to deliver superior refinement and exceptional performance. Counted among the best car engines in India, K-series engines have laid down the marker in terms of what you should expect from a petrol engine.

The Introduction of the Best Petrol Engine in India

The first K-series engine by Maruti Suzuki was launched in 2008, fitted in the compact hatchback, the A-Star. The engine was Euro IV and Euro V compliant, underlining Maruti Suzuki’s progressive plans for the passenger car segment. With this new engine, which was a 1 L “green engine”, Maruti Suzuki was able to address the trending demands of the compact car segment in India.

The First Milestone

Ever since its introduction, the K-series line-up had established its repute of being among the best petrol car engines in India – it powered models like the Alto K10, WagonR, Celerio, and Swift at the time. It was advanced engineering at play to deliver superior performance along with the best-in-class fuel efficiency. In 2014, K-Series engines reached a significant milestone of 25 lakh units sold! This accolade served as motivation for Maruti Suzuki to raise the benchmark even further.

Constant Innovations

Delivering the most powerful car engine in India is not limited to introducing an innovative technology; it is about constantly working towards enhancement and perfection. Maruti Suzuki has done just that through constant innovations in its K-series line-up of petrol engines. Today, K-series engines realise the true spirit of the global design trend as they use an innovative design technique to optimise engine performance.

The K-Series Engines of Today

Among the best car engines in India, the K-series is currently available in four options across the product line-up of Maruti Suzuki.

⦁ K10B powering the WagonR, S-Presso, and Celerio

⦁ K12M powering the Baleno, Swift, Ignis, and WagonR

⦁ K15B, equipped in the Ertiga, S-Cross, XL6, Ciaz, and Vitara Brezza

⦁ Next-gen dual VVT dual injector K12N engine which powers the Baleno and Dzire

What Makes K-Series Engines the Best Petrol Engines in India?

Well, that would be an unbeatable combination of superior NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) performance, best-in-class fuel efficiency, and smooth driving experience. The engines deliver all this without compromise on performance; you get crisp throttle response and linear power delivery for an unmatched driving experience. The key features that make the K-series the best petrol car engines in India can be classified into 3 categories (also known as REV): -


⦁ Rigorously tested over time to deliver a proven product

⦁ Over 6.3 million engines have been rolled out to power numerous models across all segments

⦁ Engines undergo testing for lakhs of kilometres to ensure optimum performance


⦁ Refined gasoline engine technology which provides best-in-class fuel efficiency and superior performance

⦁ Advanced technologies like the silent timing chain and improved engine stiffness help improve the NVH characteristics of the car

⦁ An SDLI (smart distributor less ignition) system, including advanced injectors and dedicated plug top coils, makes sure that combustion is optimised and uniform, to deliver unbeatable performance.

Valuable (Fuel Efficiency)

⦁ To reduce loss and improve the fuel efficiency, these all-aluminium engines include an innovative rocker-less DOHC cam shaft, offset crank shaft with low tension rings, and a plastic intake manifold.

⦁ The engines have enhanced thermal efficiency as well as increased compression ratio that ensure fuel energy is efficiently converted.

⦁ Utilising advanced low friction oils for the engine further enhances fuel efficiency.

⦁ Further enhancing the fuel efficiency as well as lowering emissions, the next-gen K-series engines are equipped with dual VVT, dual injectors, cooled EGR, and a higher compression ratio.

K-series petrol engines by Maruti Suzuki have proved their mettle time and again as the best car engines in India and are a feat of design and engineering. Experience it in person at your nearest Arena or NEXA showroom today!


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