Topping the sales charts of the Indian car market, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd seems to enjoy the limelight and are back in the news again because of the spy images that caught the new Maruti Celerio diesel variant testing in Japan.
Maruti Suzuki launched the entry-level Maruti Celerio replacing the Estilo and the A-Star and it was a good move. The Celerio petrol variant caught on immediately in the market, so much so that, even after rolling 6000 units a month, Maruti could not meet the demand in the market and the inclusion of the AMT variant sealed the deal for Maruti Suzuki, but the cherry on the cake is the induction of the diesel variant in the Celerio line-up by Maruti.
The diesel Celerio will be powered by an in-house developed 793cc, twin-cylinder, diesel unit, which will belt out a respectable 50 BHP of power, matched to a 5-speed manual transmission, with a proposed fuel efficiency of 30kmpl. This engine will be the smallest diesel engine that will feature in the Indian market- taking the crown from Chevrolet Beat’s 936cc diesel unit and may also be installed in Maruti’s upcoming Light Commercial Vehicle (codenamed Y9T).
The diesel Celerio will be available in three trims namely: LDi, VDi and ZDi. One should expect the Celerio to be almost identical in almost all parameters to their respective petrol counterparts, except for the engine and re-designed suspension to support the heavier diesel motor.
With the production in full-swing, Maruti Suzuki plans to launch the diesel Maruti Celerio in three months- bang during the festive season. With Tata’s also planning to launch the Tata Nana diesel car, the entry-level hatchback segment will be on fire, but if all goes well and according to Maruti Suzuki’s plan, the Celerio diesel might also get an AMT variant, to further cement Maruti Suzuki’s position in the market. With Maruti Suzuki launching the Ciaz, S-cross and now the Celerio diesel- it’s game on!