Snapshot: The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is due for a launch in India at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Known as the global Suzuki Alto for the rest of the world, the Celerio will replace the A-Star and Estilo in the Indian car market. With the launch of the car just weeks away, the Celerio is out for TVC shoots. One such example was spotted at Pune and here are a couple of live images.
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The Celerio will be powered by the 1 liter K-Series naturally aspirated petrol motor. This refined three potter is known for its responsiveness and high fuel efficiency. This engine is standard fare on a range of Maruti Suzuki cars such as the Alto K10. A-Star, Estilo and the WagonR. The Celerio promises to be the first Indian car to feature an automated manual transmission (AMT).
The AMT eliminates the manual clutch and makes driving in crowded urban traffic a breezy affair. Wondering what the AMT is all about? Click here to let CarToq deconstruct that for you.
The Celerio features a tallish design, somewhere in between the A-Star and the Estilo. With the Celerio promising more spacious interiors, Maruti Suzuki will be hoping to attract buyers who were put off by the A-Star’s cramped back seat. The Celerio’s dashboard and interiors take on a upmarket colour scheme with a twin cockpit design similar to what is found on the Chevrolet Beat hatchback.
The Celerio is also likely to be offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. The car is likely to be sold in three manual gearbox variants – LXi, VXi and ZXi – and one AMT equipped variant. The fully loaded ZXi version of the Celerio is likely to be available with twin airbags and ABS+EBD as standard safety features. Expect prices of the Celerio hatchback to start from under 4 lakh rupees.
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