Maruti Suzuki India has finally launched one of its most awaited hatchbacks, the all-new Celerio at Rs.3.90 lakhs for the base manual and Rs.4.29 for the AMT, at the ongoing Indian Auto Expo '14. The company has always believed in delivering top notch hatchbacks to the Indian car market, and this time around, the new Celerio too bounds a lot of expectations.
It is considered to be the most appropriate replacement for the A-Star and Estilo models of Maruti India. The car will be available in 7 unique shades and will be avaialbe in 6 vairants.
Interestingly, the new hatch also gets an automated manual transmission. And this has made eliminating the clutch pedal from the car, which ultimately gives an automatic transmission feel to the driver. The bookings of the all-new Celerio was started way before its launch in India. The hatch is available in three trim levels- Lxi, Vxi, Zxi and 6 variants . The Zxi variant being the top most in the line up which is equipped with several features.
The new Celerio with an automated manual transmission provides 5% better fuel efficiency as compared to the manual version. The hatch returns an impressive mileage of 23.1kmpl, which in itself is something that will help the company attain another milestone in the market. The hydraulic system inside the car enables the driver to shift gears without even using a clutch, and it can be done either squentially or fully automatically. Basically, the highlight of the new hatch comprises of the least expensive automatic transmission in our country.
In terms of external dimensions, the hatchback measures 3600mm x 1600mm x 1540mm (LWH), and has got wheelbase of 2425mm. The styling cues are shared with the A-Wind Concept and appears taller, dynamic and spacious.
Under the hood, the hatch comes loaded with a 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder K-Next engine, which is the tweeked version of the exisiting K10. It generates a maximum power output of 67bhp with 90Nm of peak torque. The power is transmitted to front wheels via AMT or Five-speed manual transmission.
Other cabin features include multi-function steering wheel, electrically adjustable ORVMs and Bluetooth telephony. In the top Zxi variant, there are additional features like trip computer and dual airbags with ABS (Anti-Braking System) with EBD.