Maruti Suzuki has launched the Alto K10 CNG at a starting cost of Rs 5.95 lakh (ex-display area, Delhi), making it the 13th CNG model in the brand’s line-up. Accessible just in the VXi version, the CNG version costs Rs 95,000 a bigger number of than the same petroleum powered Alto K10.
Maruti Suzuki claims that that far has sold more than 1 million CNG vehicles, which has helped save over of 1 million tones of CO2 emissions.
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.
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 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).