Maruti Suzuki saw a big delicious pie of the small car market and created the extra weight machines like the A-star and the Estilo. But now, as they are on a diet plan they created the Celerio. The Celerio will replace the Zen Estilo and the A Star and Maruti claims that the Celerio is a feature packed hatchback and of course has a USP, that is it has the automated manual transmission.
The Celerio is based on the Suzuki A Wind concept and the production version retains the aggressive design. The swept back headlights have a conical theme for the detailing that matches that of the fog lamps. Though not a tall boy by design, thanks to a generous 165 mm ground clearance it does look tall yet wide. The large windows of the Celerio make the car look roomy. The front end has a narrow looking grille with the logo wedged in between. There is a large air dam below the licence area. The silhouette is reminiscent of the A Star while the tailgate looks like the Alto 800. The side profile has two lines running along and there is a prominent wheel arch. The soon to be launched Celerio diesel is expected to come with a price tag of around Rs 4.6 lakh.
The design of the Celerio’s interiors is not a big departure from the theme that is seen in the other Maruti cars. The dual tone interiors have a nice feel and come with rotary air vents, music system, AC controls, a modern instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity, lane change indicators, and gear shift indicator. Electrical power steering and alloy wheels are also being offered in the top variants.
The Celerio which started its journey on the Indian roads in February 2014 is currently offered only in CNG and petrol variants. But a diesel model is expected to be launched soon and is likely to reach the market in this fiscal year.
The new diesel variant of Celerio is expected to be powered by a new two cylinder 800 cc diesel motor, which can generate a power of 45-50 bhp and a peak torque of 120-130 Nm. The expected fuel efficiency is 30 kmpl. All the other features including the interior and exterior of the diesel Celerio will remain the same as the current petrol and CNG versions, except the minor tweaks in the suspension.
The Celerio Diesel will not be offered with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). When the diesel version will be launched, it will be available in four trim levels – LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi(O). The Maruti Celerio will take on the likes of Chevrolet Beat and the Ford Figo.