Maruti Suzuki is always known for manufacturing economical and practical-for-the-road hatchbacks. The recent addition to their family is special. A pronounced shift has been seen here – from manual cars to automatic cars – and that is what Maruti Suzuki Celerio is offering.
The Celerio is based on the Suzuki A Wind concept. The car has swept back conical headlights and fog lamps. The front end has a narrow looking grille with the company logo wedged in between. There is a large air dam below the licence area. The side profile has two prominent lines running along. The Celerio looks tall due to the 165 mm ground clearance.
The large windows make the interiors roomy. The dashboard flows into the centre console of the car. There are several pockets and cubbyholes for storage. Features include power steering, electric windows, central locking and internally adjustable rear view mirrors. The top end version gets an audio system that supports USB, aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity. The other features include alloy wheels, steering mounted audio controls, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors and a driver side airbag. The Celerio has a 235 litres boot. All the mid and high variants have foldable rear seats for more space. There is no option for airbags that should have been provided, at least in the higher end variant.
The Maruti Celerio is currently offered only in CNG and petrol variants. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio petrolis a 998 cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine that churns out 68 bhp @ 90 Nm of torque. The fuel efficiency, it is being claimed by Maruti, will not be too different and up to 23 km per litre is what is being talked about. This is the first effort by any car manufacturer to give equal prominence to automatic shift vehicles.
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 petrol engine has a new 5 speed automated manual transmission which Maruti Suzuki refers to as ‘EZ Drive’. This gearbox is a regular automatic gearbox without a clutch pedal. It uses electronically controlled hydraulic actuators to shift up and down through gears which provides for effortless driving.
The Celerio is a stiff competition to cars in the Rs. 4-5 lakh range like the Ford Figo, Hyundai i10, and Chevrolet Beat.
With a new automated manual gearbox, roomy interiors, good features, and excellent fuel efficiency, the Celerio is affordable. The price of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio ranges from Rs. 3.76 to 4.78 lakhs.