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Maruti Suzuki Celerio Overview

Maruti Suzuki recently launched Celerio at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida. The Celerio has officially replaced the A-Star in India and the company claims that with this new car, it offers more than the usual needs of customers. It is the first car to feature an AMT – automated manual shift transmission.Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes with the same powertrain as seen on the A-Star, Estilo and Wagon R Stingray. However, the engine has been tuned to deliver better performance and greater mileage.The Celerio is already getting close to 10,000 bookings per day and from the rising trend it is evident that the Celerio will be another success story for the company. We take it for a quick spin and find more information in our first impression report. For information on contact details of Maruti car dealers in Hyderabad 

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Maruti Suzuki Celerio Exterior

After the Swift, we’d say that the Celerio is the car that brings a fresh new face to Maruti Suzuki. Large curved headlamps, a twin-slat bonnet grille in chrome and an over-sized airdam below give the Celerio aggressive front looks. At the sides, the two parallel lines – tornado and the body side lines are prominent and lightly curved. The shoulder line has been set a bit high, but does not compromise the amount of light pouring into the cabin. The interior of the Celerio is quite airy, unlike the dark rear seat of the A-Star.

The rear of the Celerio features a simpler design, with a fairly straight-forward hatch door and the tail-lamps looking vaguely like they have been carried forward from the new Alto 800, though with a different combination. Overall, the design of the Celerio’s body panels seems to have been done with a dual-purpose in mind – to achieve a low co-efficient of drag for better aerodynamics and to ensure lower manufacturing costs. Open the door and they are fairly thin, in terms of width, including the plastic panels inside. But, they close with an assuring ‘thunk’.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Interior

Maruti Celerio CNG interiors are same as the other versions. It looks quite contemporary and is good value for the money spent. The Celerio has a dual-tone dashboard with beige and black colours. The finish is also good which makes it look premium. The CNG comes only in VXi, so it doesn’t get a factory-fitted music system, no ABS or airbags. here would be an addition of ABS, once the new regulations set in, but as of now you get neither. The features on the Maruti Celerio CNG are all four power windows, power steering, AC and integrated dual fuel gauges.

The Maruti Celerio CNG gets dual tone seats, which also look stylish. The space offered in the front row is good enough for tall people and the seats have decent support too. The best part is that the rear also has great leg room and knee room. Even tall passengers would find it comfortable to sit in. It is certainly good and comfortable too, but the limited thigh support could have been optimised. The CNG tank takes up all the space, hence there is hardly any luggage space in the boot. So, the only option will be to use a carrier for luggage.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Performance

The Maruti Celerio CNG gets is power from a 1.0-litre K-Series engine. This engine produces 59bhp of power and 78Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There is no AMT available on the CNG version. The power on the Maruti Celerio CNG is a bit lesser than the petrol version. However, it doesn’t feel underpowered at any point of time. Most of the power comes at high rpm so for best performance one has to rev up a bit. The driveability of the car is also good. The Maruti Celerio CNG is so easy to drive in city and even on the highways.

The Maruti Celerio CNG has a mileage of about 16km for a kilogram of CNG. This is what it will give in the city and it depends on how do you drive the vehicle. We weren’t very hard on the accelerator but we did encounter a lot of traffic

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Driving

The suspension is soft enough to iron out road imperfections but the light car that it is, allows Maruti to keep the tune stiff enough for the Celerio to feel composed at high speeds. You don’t feel as nervous north of 100kmph in the Celerio as you would in an i10. The Celerio is a predictable handler too, fun to chuck around corners when you pick up the pace but the tyres could have offered more grip, especially in the diesel as there is more weight up front.

It is a given that a Maruti has to be an easy car to use in the city, and with the Celerio it’s no different. Light steering and good visibility out of the cabin coupled with nearly straight lined sides make for some precision driving when you are weaving through traffic. If there is one drawback in the diesel, it’s the lack of low end punch.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Price in Mumbai

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 4,21,128/- (Celerio LXI) to 5,43,336/- (Celerio ZXI AMT Optional). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Celerio from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Celerio price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Verdict

The Celerio CNG is one of the most affordable hatchback in its segment and is the perfect package. The Wagon R’s interiors have started to look aged and the Celerio is a better option to pick as you will look at keeping the car for a period of three to five years. At the price and the mileage, Celerio CNG is a great buy. Wish it was also available in the ZXi variant also