Automatic cars have never been big sellers in the budget hatchback space. So, when Maruti Suzuki decided to test the waters with an automated manual gearbox equipped Celerio, the jury in the company was divided about how well the new Celerio AMT would do in India.
Approaching production gingerly, Maruti Suzuki produced limited volumes of the Celerio AMT while the marketing function of the automaker painted the town red announcing the hot new feature on its newest budget car. Result: A big queue for the Celerio AMT and waiting periods of 5-6 months at many Maruti Suzuki dealerships across the country.
Just as we tipped you off in our Trend Watch report, the Celerio AMT now commands waiting periods between 5-6 months. The 5 speed manual gearbox version of the car is available off the shelf though. Both cars feature the same 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine with a 67 Bhp-90 Nm output.
While the AMT variant automates the clutch, the 5 speed gearbox is the same on both automatic as well as the manual variants of the car. Maruti Suzuki has increased sourcing from Magneti Marelli, the maker of the AMT module for the Celerio. In the coming months, expect waiting periods to stabilize as the initial clamor for the Celerio eases out, along with production re-alignments to meet demand.
Among other things, the Celerio is likely to get an 800 cc turbo diesel engine in future. The diesel engine however, is a good couple of years away given the fact that Maruti will first introduce the 2 pot, 800 cc turbo diesel motor on its Y9T codenamed mini pick up truck next year. A more refined version of this diesel motor is likely to make it to the engine bays of Maruti Suzuki’s hot selling budget hatchbacks such as the WagonR and the Celerio.