Maruti Suzuki Celerio Overview
Maruti Suzuki has introduced a new Limited edition Celerio hatchback in India. The Celerio like you already know one of the most popular hatchbacks from the manufacturer and was one of the first small family car which came with an Auto Gearshift feature. Previously it was available with both petrol and diesel engine options while later Maruti decided to discontinue the diesel variant.The limited edition Celerio hatchback does not get any mechanical change, but it does get few cosmetic updates to its exterior as well as interior. We have provided all the details of this limited edition Celerio hatchback below. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
The hatchback gets styling change in the form of a new graphics and side moldings besides chromes garnishes on the headlamps, fog lamp area, taillight, tailgate and also on the door panels. Just like the exterior the interior too gets few updates of its own in the form of a new steering wheel and seat upholstery. However, one new addition which definitely will impress many comes in the shape of a new ambient lighting system inside the cabin. Maruti is also allowing a provision of a tissue-dispenser box in the cup holder and also rear parking sensors.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Style
The styling of this hatch will definitely not force you to leave your unfinished coffee and jump out of your seats but what makes the Celerio a bit special is the fact that this is a hatchback launched from the stable of the small car specialist Maruti Suzuki after a gap of 2 long years.
Coming to its styling the front grille looks a little different from other Maruti Suzuki hatches which also have given this car a new face and character it also does carries the shiny Suzuki logo in the middle, the headlamps styling looks stylish though. What will you attract your attention is its lower front bumper of the Celerio which has an aggressive styling and it also holds the fog lamps and that pretty much wraps everything about its front.
If you walk towards the side of this hatch you can’t miss the distinctive character lines that run parallel to each other which add a sporty quotient to the hatch. The manufacturer has fitted the base variant with a 13 inch rims while the other variants are offered with 14 inch rims, there is also an alloy wheel option available with the top end variant. The base LXi and the ZXi variant won’t be getting a body colored mirrors but the ZXi variant will get an electrically adjustable body colored ORVMs.
As far as the rear is concerned the tail lamps definitely looks similar with other Maruti hatches except the rear bumper which still was able to give the Celerio its own unique identity.The Celerio definitely looks attractive than other Maruti Suzuki hatches of its segment but we can only call it an evolution in design theory but not a revolution.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Space
Maruti Suzuki has done a fabulous job with the interiors of the Celerio. Compared to the A-Star, there is a massive leap in terms of dashboard design and that’s solely because the company has lifted interior bits from its flagship hatchback. The gear lever and steering wheel come from the Swift but there are additional buttons for the Bluetooth telephony which are placed very unconventionally and seem like an after thought. The U-shaped centre console houses an integrated audio system with USB, AUX, CD, etc with manual AC controls. The dashboard has dual tone black and beige with neat contrasting silver inserts around the centre console and side AC vents.
There are decent storage spaces inside the cabin, the space below the AC vents is very much like the Swift with the same pattern of the ports. The gear lever is close to the dashboard like seen on the Ritz, this liberates space near the handbrake (there is a bottle holder behind it). There is an open storage box below the right most AC vent (ticket holder in marketing speak) and the doors have decent sized pockets too although the glovebox isn’t large enough to store much. Quality inside is sub par, both our test cars had things falling off and fit and finish really needs a re-visit. Panel gaps on a brand new car isn’t expected in today’s day and age, specially not from Maruti Suzuki. This comes as a shock considering the Celerio is a global model and such kind of quality will not be tolerated by international customers.
The Maruti Celerio has decent space inside the cabin and the company has managed to squeeze a lot of interior room. Space at the front was never a problem with the A-Star but the rear was very cramped, this has been resolved now. Tall people can sit at the rear although due to the narrow width of the car, the rear bench is best fit for two passengers. While rear legroom is decent and headroom is in abundance even for a six footer, under thigh support is just lacking. The car uses fixed headrests on all seats which hampers comfort at the rear although the front seats are quite comfortable but tend to vibrate a lot at low speeds due to the engine which lacks proper damping.
Maruti Suzuki has offered quite a lot of features in the Celerio including small bits like auto-locking doors, immobiliser, auto down driver side window, rear defogger, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, etc. We are however baffled to see the Auto Gear Shift version is available only in LXi and VXi trim. The regular manual is offered in an additional ZXi and ZXi option variants. ABS, co-passenger airbag (driver side airbag is available in ZXi), alloy wheels, driver seat height adjustment and fog lamps are only offered in the option pack. So those who want the convenience of an automatic, don’t really deserve to be safe, that’s what Maruti feels. Not offering ZXi trim for the Auto Gear Shift model is simply not acceptable.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Engine
At present the Celerio will only be available with a Petrol engine which has a displacement of 998 cc and will generate about 67 bhp of maximum power at 6000rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3500rpm. The front wheel drive vehicle will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and now comes the most interesting feature about the Celerio it will also have an option of an automated manual gearbox.
The updated Petrol engine is named as K10B, Maruti has tried their level best to lower the NVH level of the engine but the entire 3 cylinder engine has a common problem which is when you push them hard there is always odd noises from the engine and the engine feels strained.
Now comes the tricky part Maruti Suzuki has decided to equip the new car with a transmission which eliminates the use of clutch while shifting but this is not exactly an automatic transmission which are available with premium vehicles. Maruti is calling it the EZ drive which is exactly a combination of manual and automatic transmission and there is also a M mode in which you can change the gear manually. This gearbox is less expensive and also will provide a feel of driving an automatic transmission vehicle which is quite interesting actually but this type of transmission is only available with the LXi and the VXi variant others will be offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox which is lighter than the present gearbox which are available with the Alto or the Wagon R.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Driving
We had taken a test drive of Manual transmission version. Driving the car is as good as driving the earlier version A star. However, one can feel the smooth performance of the new engine and comfortable driving position. Visibility is good and somehow the side pillars looks a bit big while gazing at the corners.A smooth pick up is achieved and gear shifting is smooth too. Seating position for rear seat passengers is comfortable with considerable leg space and just good enough head room. As always, the co driver seat is best for stretching legs and comfort. We did not have opportunity to drive the auto gear shift version and hence can’t mention much about it.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Safety
The hatch comes clubbed with the EZ Drive in it, which makes driving the vehicle easy. The EZ technology in the car assures a ride that is hassle free, especially while riding in heavy traffic conditions. The braking system comprises of front and rear drum brakes, which enables immediate braking action. Maruti Celerio is much more safer than the existing A-Star, as the car is bigger in size. The tall boy design gives high driving position, which helps in better upright view of the road. The electronic power steering helps in easy manoeuvering of the vehicle with shorter turning radius. High strength steel side impact beams ensure protection at the doors in case of any side impact. The top-of-the=-line variant boosts dual airbags – one for the driver and the other for the co-passenger.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,89,897 to 6,26,442 for variants Celerio LXI and Celerio ZXI AMT Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Celerio is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Celerio variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Celerio price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Conclusion
The Maruti Celerio is an improved product, compared to the A-Star whose direct replacement it is. However it isn’t a vastly improved product which makes you question why the manufacturer did not go the long haul in taking a car which bombed so miserly, to the next level. The regular manual version of the Celerio doesn’t appeal much with the EZ Drive model being the only saving grace here. By using the intelligent and cost effective option, Maruti Suzuki will offer the cheapest automatic car in India in the Celerio. Although very jerky, the ease of driving offered by the Auto Gear Shift in the Celerio is sure to appeal to those on a budget. Being a Maruti Suzuki with a vast dealership network and aggressive pricing (for the lower trims), the Celerio is bound to be a success. However if you want a manual hatchback at this price point, there are better options.