Maruti Celerio is the replacement for the Maruti A-Star and been designed from scratch in India to give a new small premium hatchback from India’s largest car maker. Maruti Celerio has been in the news for a very long time. In this article, we share with you all the details you need to know about the new small car form Maruti Suzuki which has been also been codenamed as YL7 during the development phase. This new car comes with a new type of gearbox which Maruti calls the EZ Drive system which is an automated manual transmission (more details below).
In this article, we share with you all the relevant details about the Maruti Celerio including the interiors, exteriors, ride and handling, driving comfort, features etc. and also compare it with the competition. We compare the Maruti Celerio VS Wagon R and also Maruti Celerio VS Hyundai i10.
Maruti Celerio Price In India
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio has been priced as follows:
Maruti Suzuki Celerio LXi: Rs. 3.90 Lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio LXi Auto: Rs. 4.29 Lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio VXi: Rs. 4.20 Lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio VXi Auto: Rs. 4.59 Lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio ZXi: Rs. 4.50 Lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (O): Rs. 4.96 Lakh
All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
Maruti Celerio Features And Specifications
Sunshine Ray (Yellow), Cerulean Blue, Cave Black, Blazing Red, Pearl Arctic White, Glistening Grey, Silky Silver
Engine, transmission and mileage
Maruti Celerio Petrol will be powered by a 1 litre petrol engine, the same K10 engine which powers the Maruti Wagon R which delivers 67 BHP of power at 6000 RPM and 89 Nm of peak torque at 3500 RPM. The ARAI tested mileage is 23.1 KMPL, both with the manual as well as the automated-manual transmission which is higher than the Wagon R series because of the new improvements in the engine. This engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, also there is a clutchless Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) or Celerio EZ Drive transmission launched along with the manual model.
- Length : 3600 mm
- Width: 1600 mm
- Height: 1560 mm
- Wheelbase: 2425 mm
- Boot space: 235 litres
- Ground clearance: 165 mm
- Body weight: 830 Kg
- Fuel tank capacity: 35 Litres
- Tyre size: 155/60 R13 for LXi
- Tyre size: 165/70 R14 for VXi and above
- Front suspension: McPherson strut with coil spring
- Rear Suspension: Torsion beam axle with coil spring
- Electronic power steering
- Front Brakes: Disc
- Rear brakes: Drum
Maruti Celerio Diesel model is also expected to be launched later when the diesel engine from Maruti (under development and testing stage) gets ready, which is expected by end of 2014. The diesel engine to be fitted in Celerio will be a 2 cylinder 800 CC unit which will be a turbocharged small petrol engine which is expected to debut in more small cars later like Wagon R in future.
Maruti Celetio Features
Maruti Suzuki Celerio will be launched with LXi, VXi and ZXi trim levels and there will be manual and automatic transmission variants.
The LXi variant gets:
- Centre wheel caps
- Body coloured bumpers
- Floor carpet
- Integrated headrests on both front and rear seats
- Manual air-conditioning with heater
- Power steering
- 3-spoke steering wheel
- Multi-information display in the instrument cluster
- Head-light leveler
- Ventilated Disc brakes at the front
The VXi variant over gets the following over the LXi:
- Chrome grille
- Full wheel covers
- Day-night IRVM
- Rear parcel tray
- Rear split seat
- Central locking
- Front and rear power windows
- Auto down driver side window
- Manually internally operated ORVM
- Silver painted A/C controls
The LXi auto and VXi auto get the following features over their manual counterparts:
- Gear position indicator
- Exterior air-temperature gauge
The ZXi variant gets the following over the VXi:
- Body coloured outside door handles, ORVM covers (with integrated turn signal)
- Fabric door trim
- Media player with AUX / USB / CD / Radio and Bluetooth connectivity connected to 4 speakers
- Keyless entry and exit
- Electrically adjustable ORVMs
- Tilt-adjust steering
- Driver seat-belt warning lamp
- Driver side airbag
- Rear window wash and wipe
- Rear window demister
The ZXi (O) variant gets the following features over the ZXi:
- Front fog lamps
- Alloy wheels
- Driver seat height adjust
- Security system
- Dual front airbags
Ride and handling review
Clerio’s suspension is of the softer side which is good for a comfortable ride quality yet not too soft to make it feel too shaky at higher speeds. The car has good stability and handles well at high speeds, but it may not be as sharp as its siblings like the Swift. But for most buyers in this segment, high speed cornering and sharp handling are not first priority anyways. Overall, the suspension is nicely tuned for city driving conditions, the steering is light weight and turning radius is tight. These are the inputs we got from our friends at Autocar India who were lucky to get a drive of the Celerio.
Maruti Celerio is based on the Suzuki A Wind Concept, some pictures of the A Wind are as below:
Maruti Celerio VS Hyundai i10 VS Maruti Wagon R
Hyundai i10 has been a touch target for Maruti to crack and besides it strong hold on small car segment in India, Maruti has not been able to bring down the popularity and sales number of Hyundai i10 with any of its products. Maruti Celerio is expected to change this situation and also it is expected to dent the sales of its own sibling, the Maruti Wagon R. Lets have a quick look at the comparison a bit more in details.
Maruti Celerio VS Hyundai i10
Maruti Celerio is a great advancement in terms or design when it comes to rivaling the Hyundai i10. The Celerio brings the curvy styling and spacious design which is one of the attractive points of the i10. The Wagon R looks too boxy and A-Star was too small, which is why i10 has been more rivaling the Wagon R so strongly.
Comparing the Maruti Celerio and Hyundai i10, both look very close in terms of dimension, style and visual appeal. In terms of power and performance, the Celerio is very similar in power and performance compared to the Hyundai i10, but the fuel economy of the Celerio at 23.1 KMPL ARAI is better than the irde2 engine of the Hyundai i10 which delivers 19.8 KMPL as per ARAI data.
Comparing the price and after sales service, Celetrio can give tough competition to Hyundai i10 as we know that Maruti has a long history of aggressively pricing their cars and their service reach and prices are already among the lowest in India. In short, Celerio can be a real tough competition to Hyudnai i10.
Maruti Celerio VS Maruti Wagon R
As we have seen with earlier small car launches of small cars from Maruti, there is always some overlap in their pricing with their own cars. The Celerio will overlap the pricing of Wagon R on the lower side and Ritz on the higher side. The sales of Wagon R are expected to be impacted adversely with the launch of Celerio. Besides the Celerio being pricier compared to Wagon R, the inclination of the buyer will go towards the Celerio because of its more attractive body styling and much better looking design. We saw similar kind of drop in the sales of Santro when the i10 was launched.
In terms of engine and transmission, the Celerio is nearly the same as Wagon R with same K10 petrol engine, but the Celerio gets some improvements in engine technology and thus giver better mileage. In terms of design and style, Celerio is more attractive and spacious. In terms of price, Celerio is more loaded and pricier, but for the buyers, who are not on very tight budget, spending some extra money to get Celerio instead of Wagon R won’t be such a big issue.
Our Take On Maruti Celerio
Maruti Celerio is a much welcome addition to Maruti’s small car offerings. There was a lack of affordable small car which looked attractive. The Alto 800 is fine, but in 1 litre segment, Wagon R is not much of a looker, the Sting Ray, however looks better, but is not much of a change from the boxy tall boy design of the Wagon R. Hence we think that it is a good addition to Maruti family, but we will be able to give you our final take after we get a drive of the same.
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