Snapshot: Maruti Suzuki is days away from launching the 2014 Celerio hatchback in India and a tell-all brochure of the car has just surfaced. Known as the global Suzuki Alto replacement, the 2014 Celerio is likely to replace the A-Star and the Estilo in the Indian car market. The Celerio will be a petrol-only model to begin with and a diesel engine is a possibility in the next couple of years given Suzuki’s renewed focus on a range of small capacity, turbo diesel motors.
The brochure of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio reveals that the car will be sold in four variants, LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi Option. All variants of the car will feature a 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine that outputs 67 Bhp of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. The 1 liter K-Series petrol engine, ARAI certified at 23.1 Kmpl, is the same unit that does duty in the Estilo and the A-Star.
The LXi and VXi variants of the Celerio will get two transmission options: a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed automated manual (semi-automatic) gearbox. However, the ZXi and ZXi Option variants of the Celerio will be sold only with the 5 speed manual gearbox. This move from Maruti Suzuki has to do with the fact that, adding the automated manual transmission (AMT) to the Celerio pushes up costs and in effect the selling price of the car.
By launching the AMT option only on the LXi and VXi variants, Maruti Suzuki will be able to offer the semi-automatic variant of the car at an attractive price point to lure buyers. The top end ZXi Option variant of the Celerio gets twin airbags and ABS+EBD as standard while the regular ZXi trim makes do with a driver-side airbag. The Celerio measures 3,600 mm in length, 1,600 mm in width, 1,560 mm in height and comes with a 2,425 mm wheelbase. The car is a five seater.
Brochure courtesy AutoPortal