Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) a subsidiary of the Japanese auto giant the Suzuki Motors is the number one car maker in India. They have launched their latest hatchback in the B segment the Celerio during the 2014 Indian auto expo. This replacement for the A-Star has 7 petrol variants initially launched. Two of the petrol variants with AMT (Auto manual transmission) have already become hits in the market. Later one CNG variant has also been added to the Celerio versions.
The Celerio petrol variants have already become popular with the average monthly sales figures touching 7000 units approximately. The prices of the Celerio between Rupees 3.76 and 4.79 lakh is the least among the cars with automatic transmission. MSIL was planning to introduce a diesel variant also for the Celerio. Tests are being conducted in various places for the last few months. Because of the launching of the Ciaz during the festival season the launching of the diesel Celerio will be delayed. The launching will most probably take place in the first half of 2015.
The diesel Celerio is expected in LDi, VDi and ZDi trims. The ZDi trims will be provided with the AMT type auto transmission which is already a hit in India. The MISL has developed a new indigenous 800 cc diesel engine which will be fitted on the soon to be launched LCV, code named Y9T. The diesel Celerio will be the first Maruti passenger car with this engine. This 800 cc twin cylinder light weight engine developes 50 bhp approximately. This turbocharged common rail injection engine is expected to achieve a mileage around 30 kmpl which will be the best in this segment.
The new diesel variant was spotted testing with a DDiS badge on the body above the wheel arch on the driver’s side. The diesel Celerio also will have the front fascia with curved two stat grille connecting the head lamps, the angular head lamp cluster and the bumper giving a modern look, the tail lamp cluster similar to the other Suzuki cars and extra horizontal lines at the rear giving a more compact appearance.
The features of the top variants may include 2 airbags, ABS, an engine immobiliser, a manual AC, a partially folding rear seat and a 1 Din music system with Bluetooth connectivity.
The physical dimensions of the diesel Celerio will be 3600 mm length, 1600 mm width, 1560 mm height, 2425 mm wheel base and 165 mm ground clearance. The boot volume will be 235 litres.
The diesel Celerio will be the smallest diesel car when launched till the launching of the diesel Nano. The expected prices of the diesel Celerio will be Rupees 4.5 to 5.5 lakh.