Maruti Suzuki Celerio base variant spotted ahead of launch

Maruti Suzuki is working on launching the 2021 Celerio in the Indian market. The hatchback has been spotted quite a few times during an advertisement shoot. Now, the base variant of the Celerio has been spied ahead of launch.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio base variant spotted ahead of launch

The pictures are taken by automobile_india1 and are shared on Instagram. The post says that it is the base variant of the new Celerio. We can see that despite being a base variant it still gets body-coloured bumpers and outside rearview mirrors. We think that it also comes with body-coloured door handles. So, the rest of the people cannot immediately recognize the car as a base variant.

It misses out on front fog lamps but still gets the newly designed grille and a chrome slat in between. At the rear, it does get a high mounted stop lamp but misses out on a rear wiper and washer. It also gets a keyhole mounted on the tailgate.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio base variant spotted ahead of launch

The design of the 2021 Celerio is a big departure from the current tall boy design. The new generation Celerio looks modern and now falls in line with the design language of Swift and the Baleno. The overall design is more rounded and curved instead of straight angular lines.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio base variant spotted ahead of launch

In the interior, we can see that it misses out on an infotainment system. In the lower variants, we expect it to come with a single-DIN infotainment system while the top-end variant would get a 7-inch SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is also no steering mounted controls. It does get manual air conditioning with a heater. We do not expect Maruti Suzuki to offer automatic climate control with the Celerio.

Based on Heartect 

The Celerio will be based on the Heartect platform. This is the same platform that Maruti Suzuki is using on Swift, WagonR, Baleno and other vehicles. The new platform will help in increasing the safety rating and the dimensions of the 2021 Celerio will also increase. So, we can expect more cabin space for the occupants from the new generation of Celerio.

Engine and gearbox

Earlier it was expected that Maruti Suzuki will offer the Celerio with two engine options. There would be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine. However, according to Autocar India, Celerio will only be offered with a new 1.0-litre K10C DualJet engine. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT gearbox.

The new engine is expected to deliver a fuel efficiency figure of around 26 kmpl, making Celerio, the most fuel-efficient car in its segment. As of now, the most fuel-efficient hatchback is the Tata Tiago AMT with a figure of 23.84 kmpl.

The DualJet engines use two injectors per cylinder instead of one. This helps in more precise fueling and helps the engine to run at lower temperatures. The engine puts out 67 hp of max power and 93 Nm of peak torque but after implementing DualJet, the power figures are expected to see a bump.