When it comes to the Indian automotive market, Maruti Suzuki has the largest shares. This is evident after every month when we witness the sales numbers. Keeping that in mind, for a really long time now, Maruti Suzuki has been the dominating automaker in India. So much so that the top 10 selling cars of the month, most of them are from the house of Maruti Suzuki. Well, one of the prime reason for this achievement meant is a combination of a feature-packed interior and a potent engine.

Maruti Suzuki Cars ineup
Maruti Suzuki Cars lineup

Speaking of the powertrain, Maruti Suzuki has some of the Indian most refined and fuel-efficient engines. Nice game Maruti! With the diesel engines out of the way as of now, Maruti Suzuki just offers petrol engines in its lineup. So, let’s have a look at these frugal motors.

  1. 800cc F8D (63bhp @ 6,000rpm, 90Nm @ 3,500rpm)

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    Maruti Suzuki Alto | Best Mileage Cars | Petrol

    Engine Specs

    Engine 900cc F8D NA Petrol Engine
    Power 63bhp @ 6,000rpm
    Torque 90Nm @ 3,500rpm
    Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed) 22.05 kmpl

    One of the oldest engines of the lot is the F8D motor. Well, this is the basics we are talking, cause this F8D engine has seen many updates. This also includes the transition from BS4 to BS6 emission norms. Talking about its specification, this is an 800cc 3 cylinder motor that currently does duties in the Maruti Suzuki Alto.

    Maruti Suzuki F8D engine
    Maruti Suzuki F8D engine

    The engine is capable of generating 63bhp of max power and 90Nm of peak torque. That said, the engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that allows it to deliver an efficiency of about 23.87kmpl ARAI.

  2. 1.0-litre K10B (67bhp @ 6,000rpm, 90Nm @ 3,500rpm)

    Suzuki Celerio
    Suzuki Celerio

    Engine Specs

    Engine 1000cc K10B NA Petrol Engine
    Power 67bhp @ 6,000rpm
    Torque 90Nm @ 3,500rpm
    Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed) 21.63 kmpl

    Moving on to the bigger engine that offers the balance between adequate power and efficiency is the K10B. Like the 800cc engine, this too is a 3 cylinder motor but displaces 1000cc. Meaning, this is a little more powerful engine with similar torque figures. With that out of way, this motor produces 67bhp of max power and 90Nm of peak torque.

    Maruti Suzuki K10B engine
    Maruti Suzuki K10B engine

    Moreover, the engines come mate do a 5-speed manual transmission only. Cars like the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, WagonR and S-Presso are pampered with this engine. Also, in some variants, WagonR comes with a dual-fuel K10B engine, that runs on CNG as well as Petrol not simultaneously though.

  3. 1.2-litre K12M (82bhp @ 6,000rpm, 113Nm @ 4,200rpm)

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    Maruti Suzuki Ignis facelift

    Engine Specs

    Engine 1.2-litre K12M NA Petrol Engine
    Power 82bhp @ 6,000rpm
    Torque 113Nm @ 4,200rpm
    Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed) 20.89 kmpl

    One of the most used engines in the Maruti Suzuki lineup is the K12M. This engine displaces 1200cc and is a 4 cylinder motor. Having an extra cylinder is natural it’ll be more powerful. Talking about power, the K12M engine generates a peak power of 82bhp and a max torque of 113Nm.

    Maruti Suzuki WagonR vs Ignis
    Maruti Suzuki K12M engine

    That said, in the tuners community, this engine is one of our favourites. Because of the availability of JDM parts, people tend to modify and increase the power output of the engine. Adding to the fun there is a wide range of cars that are powered by the K12M engine, Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Ignis, and Baleno. Depending upon the car this engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual, 5 speed AMT or a CVT automatic transmission.

  4. 1.2-litre K12N Dual-Jet (89bhp @ 6,000rpm, 113Nm @4,200rpm)

    Maruti Suzuki Swift

    Engine Specs

    Engine 1.2-Litre K12N NA Petrol Engine
    Power 89bhp @ 6,000rpm
    Torque 113Nm @4,200rpm
    Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed) 24.12 kmpl*

    Another alteration of the K12M engine is the K12N Dual Jet engine. Diving a little into detail, this engine has many changes over the K12M to make it BS6 compliant. And in that process, the engines gained some power. The 1.2-litre Dual-jet engine is healthy enough to generate a max power of 89bhp and 113Nm of peak torque.
    *The Efficiency figures are of AGS transmission.

    New Maruti Suzuk Swift DualJet Engine
    New Maruti Suzuk Swift DualJet Engine

    Apart from the increase in power, the engine is also frugal when compared to the K12M. This has to do with the SHVS tech that this engine comes with. More so, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, which comes with this engine was *THE* most fuel-efficient petrol car the Q1 of 2021. These figures are as per the ARAI data.

  5. 1.5-litre K15B (103bhp @ 6,000rpm, 138Nm @ 4,400rpm)

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    Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

    Engine Specs

    Engine 1.5-litre K15B NA Petrol Engine
    Power 103bhp @ 6,000rpm
    Torque 138Nm @ 4,400rpm
    Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed) 20.65 kmpl

    All the premium cars from Maruti Suzuki come powered by the K15B engine. Elaborating a little further, these include, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Vitara Brezza, S-Cross, Ertiga and XL6. Having said that, all these cars do require a powerful engine to get going.

    1.5-litre K15B Petrol
    1.5-litre K15B Petrol

    Hence the K15B engine is capable of generating 103bhp of max power and 138Nm of peak torque. This engine in all the cars comes mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed torque converter automatic. Again, the K15B engine comes with the SHVS mild-hybrid tech making it fuel-efficient.

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Bonus: Diesel Engines of the Past

  1. 1.3-Litre DDiS200

    Maruti Suzuki Dzire | 3rd Generation
    Maruti Suzuki Dzire | 3rd Generation

    Engine Specs

    Engine 1.3-Litre DDiS200 Diesel Engine
    Power 89bhp @ 4,000rpm
    Torque 200Nm @ 1,750rpm
    Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed) 28.09 kmpl
    • There was a time when the majority of the diesel cars running on the road had this engine. Hence denoting the motor as the national engine of India will not be wrong. Now, moving on to the technical specs, this engine was available in two states of tunes. One, that was available with cars like Swift and Baleno and the more powerful was the DDIS200.
    • The latter was the one that did duties in vehicles like Ciaz and Vitara Brezza. The less powerful engine produced 74bhp of max power and 190Nm of maximum torque. The DDiS 200 was healthy enough to generate 89hp of peak power and 200Nm of sheer torque.

      Maruti Suzuki DDiS 200 | A vercetile engine
      Maruti Suzuki DDiS 200 | A vercetile engine
    • When driven carefully and also depending upon the vehicle, this engine was capable of returning a mileage of 25kmpl – 26kmpl. In addition to that, many users owning a car with DDiS 200 and SHVS tech claimed that they got 28kmpl – 30kmpl. Uff that’s a lot efficient.
  2. 1.6-Litre DDiS320

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    10 unique things about the 2015 Maruti Suzuki s-cross

    Engine Specs

    Engine 1.6-Litre DDiS320 Diesel Engine
    Power 118bhp @ 3,750rpm
    Torque 320Nm @ 1,750rpm
    Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed) 22.07 kmpl

    This is the time when Maruti Suzuki had a potent and powerful diesel engine. Like India’s favourite engine the DDiS 200, this too was borrowed from the FCA group. Meaning, it was refined and most importantly was nothing like a Maruti.

    Maruti Suzuki DDiS 320
    Maruti Suzuki DDiS 320

    Before getting discontinued, the engine did its duty only in the S-Cross. Also, there were plans to introduce this motor in Ciaz but it never happened. Moving on, this engine is capable of generating a peak power of 120bhp and 320Nm of peak torque.

Well, as of now Maruti Suzuki is just focusing on the market wanting petrol engines. But as per some sources, we can say that the company might introduce a Diesel engine in the near future. Let us know which engine of the lot is your favourite.

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  1. This post made me eager to drive Maruti cars. I have booked a test drive of Maruti Suzuki Dzire online on the website of Sai Service. My purchase decision will be based on my driving experience and family comfort.

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