New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki’s hatchback car Celerio, which hit the Indian roads in February 2014, will soon launch its diesel variant in the country this fiscal. It is currently India’s cheapest automatic car. Also, Celerio’s CNG variant will be launched in June 2014 and will be available only in manual variant.
Post its launch, the car has received good reviews and the demand for the set of wheels is surging and the company is finding hard to keep the increased demand.
Currently, the petrol Celerio is offered in a five-speed manual transmission model and in an automatic manual transmission (AMT) model.
The Auto Gear Shift system has no manual clutch and thus there are only two pedals. The AMT is an intelligent new technology that helps the driver giving the benefits of both the fuel-efficient manual transmission as well as the clutchless convenience of an automatic transmission. The AMT is available only in the low end LXi and VXi variants.
The car currently comes in petrol variant and boasts of an average of 23.1 kmpl. The basic model starts at Rs 3.9 lakh, ex-Delhi, with the top-end ZXi priced at Rs 4.9 lakh. The car is available in seven colors.
The interior of the car is designed to maximize space and comfort. The rear seats get 60:40 split option known as ‘XpanDesign’ for more luggage space.
Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, Celerio is the first car in India to come with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The car has been earning tremendous response from the auto lovers in the country, giving it a waiting period of upto eight months.
Under the hood, Celerio packs a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm. It is offered in six variants in India – two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission and claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kilometers for both versions.