Maruti Suzuki has just launched a cab operator-focused variant of the Celerio hatchback. Called the Tour H2, this variant is based on the LXi (O) trim of the car that’s sold to private buyers. In addition to all the features offered on the LXi(O) trim, the Tour H2 variant of the Celerio adds two key features that make it taxi-ready. 1. It has a speed limiter coded into the ECU that limits top speed to 80 Kph. This is to confirm to government regulations that mandate a 80 Kph speed limit for vehicles used as taxis. 2. The car gets the option of a factory-fitted CNG kit for the petrol engine.
This is because CNG powered cars are very popular in the taxi circuit due to the lower running costs. The engine is a 1 liter-3 cylinder unit that produces 68 PS of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. It can run on both petrol and CNG. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard.
The Celerio H2 Tour has been priced at Rs. 4.21 lakhs (for the petrol version), ex-showroom Delhi. In cities that don’t have CNG dispensing outlets, Maruti will sell the Celerio with a petrol option, minus the factory fitted CNG kit. The company no longer builds the diesel version of the car, which was discontinued last year due to poor refinement levels.
Moreover, the H2 Tour version of the Celerio meant for taxi operators also does not offer an AMT option, which is available to private car buyers. However, the driver airbag is retained on the car while ABS is not on offer, even as an option. The Celerio sold to private buyers can be specified with both ABS and twin airbags.
While it would have been nice of Maruti to make these features standard even on the taxi variant but considering cost conscious buyers, the company has steered clear of these features on the Tour H2 model. Expect to see this car soon sporting Uber and Ola badges.