The Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel could be very close to production as an uncamouflaged ZDi variant of the car has just been spotted, in what seems to be the factory floor or a photo studio. The Celerio Diesel is touted to be the smallest diesel engined car in India, with a twin cylinder-792 cc turbocharged diesel motor under its hood.
This turbo diesel engine has been jointly developed by engineers from Maruti Suzuki and Suzuki, for use in both personal cars and commercial vehicles. Apart from the Celerio Diesel, the newly developed twin cylinder motor will see application in the Y9T light pick up truck that Maruti Suzuki plans to bring to the Indian market in early 2015.
While Maruti Suzuki has remained mum about the existence of the Celerio Diesel, recent comments from Mr R.C. Bhargava, the chairman of the automaker, indicates that Maruti is quite bullish about entering the sub-1 liter diesel engined segment, even as petrol powered cars are making a big comeback in India, on the back of the narrowing gap between petrol and diesel prices.
With a speculated fuel efficiency of 30 Kmpl, the Celerio Diesel will be positioned as a fuel efficiency champion in its segment, beating petrol powered cars hollow in terms of running costs. The Celerio Diesel’s success is expected to spur Maruti Suzuki into launching more small cars with turbo diesel engines. Two immediate recipients of the twin cylinder, turbo diesel engine are likely to be the WagonR and the Alto K10.
A launch schedule for the Celerio Diesel is yet to be announced. However, gauging by the car’s uncamouflaged, production ready looks, expect the Celerio Diesel to make it to the Indian car market in the next few months. A price tag about 60,000-70,000 rupees higher than equivalent petrol powered variants is to be expected for the diesel powered Celerio hatchback.
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