Snapshot: Maruti Suzuki has revealed details about the 2014 Celerio hatchback, replete with images and features. The Celerio will be launched in India on the 5th of February at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The car is a hatchback that will replace the likes of the A-Star and the Estilo, slow selling cars in Maruti Suzuki’s product range. Bookings for the Celerio are now open across Maruti Suzuki dealerships in India.
The Celerio will be the first car in India to be sold with an automated manual transmission (AMT). This kind of gearbox has been around for a while now in the heavy commercial vehicle industry and also in the two wheeler industry. The Hero Honda Street and the TVS Jive are two commuter motorcycles that featured automated manual transmissions. Click here for a complete overview on the AMT and on how it makes city driving more convenient.
Powering the Celerio will be the tried and tested triple cylinder K-Series petrol engine, a unit known for its refinement and fuel efficiency. The 1 liter engine outputs 67 Bhp of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. Apart from being made available with the AMT option, the Celerio will also be sold with a conventional 5 speed manual gearbox. Maruti Suzuki claims an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 23.1 Kmpl for the AMT equipped Celerio.
The Celerio will be sold internationally as the Global Suzuki Alto replacement. Maruti Suzuki is likely to be at the forefront of Celerio exports to many developed and developing car markets across the globe. One of the Celerio’s major improved features is the increase in leg room at the rear, a sore point on the outgoing A-Star hatchback. With this one crucial change, Maruti Suzuki would hope that car buyers who eschewed the A-Star for its cramped interiors will take a second look at the Celerio.