With the Celerio, Maruti Suzuki seems set to combat the cutthroat competition that it’s facing these days. The ZXI edition of the car (which we know is the top-end variant) was spotted at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida. The design seems new and appealing while the body is quite proportionate.
Following a disappointing show by its ancestor- the A-Star, the Celerio may see some major improvements to address the shortfalls of the A-Star. The headlamps are now bigger and are in flow with a new chrome grille, whereas the front bumper is wide and has a big air intake that resembles the previous generation Figo. The rear end of the Celerio looks like a mix of lines from the Hyundai i20, Alto 800 and Swift.
The Celerio does not have the hump that is spotted on the Swift, and that’s surely a bit of a relief. However, there is a big slot profile in the rear bumper to accommodate the number plate. The height seems to be apt, unlike the abnormal height of the Estilo. The new inclusions also include alloy wheels and turn indicators on ORVMs, stuff that we have previously seen on the Swift and Swift Dzire.
The Celerio in India is likely to get the 1.0 litre K-series engine, the smallest of the K-series range of petrol engines from Suzuki. This three-cylinder engine makes an impressive 67bhp and 90Nm of torque and is very fuel efficient (close to 19kmpl) and is also the same engine that powers the Alto K10, Estilo, WagonR and A-star.
The Celerio will be equipped with an automated manual transmission (AMT), to be called ‘EZ DRIVE’ powering the front wheels of the car. It would be the first car in India to sport such a gearbox. The automated manual transmission provides a clutch-free driving experience and is said to be more fuel efficient than even a manual gearbox. Considering the cost of this transmission, it is bit expensive than a regular manual transmission and a bit cheaper than a conventional automatic transmission/ CVT
The interiors look very sprightly with the dual-tone dashboard, seats and the door handles. The front and rear seats feature integrated headrests for additional comfort and lower costs. The seat contours have also been improved for more comfort, grip and luxury. However, this dual-tone interior might be available only on the top-end variants; the rest might get an all black interior. The steering wheel, the inside door handles, AC vents all seem very similar to other Maruti cars. This also ensures greater availability of spares and standardised low-cost production- a benefit to the company as well as the consumer.
The Maruti Celerio Diesel model is in the pipeline and may be powered by a new two cylinder, turbocharged 800 CC mill. This engine is also expected to debut on more Maruti Suzuki small cars like the Wagon R in the near future future. The Celerio will have its world debut at the Auto Expo next month in India. It will take replace the Suzuki Alto/Celerio in international markets.
The Maruti Celerio is a much welcome addition to Maruti’s small car offerings as buyers are seeking some change and advancement in this B1 segment category of cars. Maruti Suzuki has developed a car by considering style and price aspect from the A-Wind concept and it has all the trappings of being another volume making product from the company. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio will compete with Chevrolet Beat, Hyundai i10 and the Tata Indica in terms of price and positioning.
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