Maruti Suzuki has launched the Alto K10 CNG at a starting price of Rs 5.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), making it the 13th CNG model in the brand’s line-up. Available only in the VXi variant, the CNG version costs Rs 95,000 more than the equivalent petrol-powered Alto K10.
- Gets the same 1.0-litre K10C engine as the Celerio CNG, S Presso CNG
- Offers 1.12km/kg more fuel economy than S Presso CNG
- Rivals the Alto 800, S Presso and Renault Kwid
Maruti Suzuki claims that so far it has sold more than 1 million CNG vehicles, which has helped save over 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Here's a price table comparing the Alto K10 CNG with its equivalent petrol-powered version.
|Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 CNG prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Variant||Alto K10 CNG||Alto K10 petrol||Difference|
|VXi||Rs 5.95 lakh||Rs 5 lakh||Rs 95,000|
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 CNG: powertrain
Just like the recently launched S Presso CNG and Celerio CNG, the Alto K10 CNG is also powered by the 1.0-litre K10C engine that’s only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In petrol-only mode, the new engine puts out 65hp and 89Nm of torque, however, in CNG mode, it puts out 57hp and 82Nm.
Maruti claims that the new Alto K10 CNG can offer a fuel economy of 33.85km/kg, which is 1.12km/kg higher than the S Presso CNG, but 1.75km/kg lower than the Celerio CNG – the current most fuel-efficient CNG model. The brand states that it has recalibrated the suspension set-up of the Alto K10 CNG in order to enhance its overall ride quality, comfort and safety.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 CNG: design, features
The Alto K10 CNG retains the same exterior design as its petrol counterpart, apart from the addition of the S-CNG badge at the rear. The brand has placed the 55-litre CNG tank in the boot of the hatchback, which in turn has reduced the storage space.
The interior of the Alto K10 CNG also sees no changes and gets the same features as the equivalent VXi trim of the petrol version. That includes a 2-Din SmartPlay audio system with Bluetooth, AUX and USB port, speed-sensing auto door lock, impact-sensing door unlock and a gear shift indicator. Safety features include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and seat belt reminders.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 CNG: rivals
The only direct rival to the new Alto K10 CNG at this budget end of the market is the Renault Kwid (Rs 4.64 lakh-6 lakh), which does not get a CNG option. However, the CNG version of the budget hatchback also competes with other Maruti models such as the Alto 800 CNG (Rs 5.03 lakh) and the S Presso CNG (Rs 5.90 lakh-6.10 lakh).