The Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel has been spied in the past, with minimal camouflage. However, things have been taken a step forward now, with the car’s 792cc twin cylinder turbo diesel engine coming into focus. The engine bay of the car has been revealed to hold a small capacity turbocharged oil burner, the smallest among all diesel powered cars sold in the country. A compact motor, given its 792cc capacity, was expected, and that’s what the engine bay reveals. The engine cover does mask the real size of the motor though. A turbocharger can be clearly discerned from the spyshots.
This engine is extremely significant, in that its success in the Celerio is expected to spawn the herald of a new era of sorts, among Maruti Suzuki’s budget car line up. The car maker could power the likes of the WagonR and even the Alto, with this twin cylinder motor, if it proves to be successful on the Celerio. The other big story around this engine is the fuel efficiency it promises. With a mileage figure of 30.1 Kmpl, this motor is the most efficient diesel engine yet, in India. The high fuel efficiency will be a major selling point of the Celerio, giving it the running cost that’s a little higher than a premium motorcycle.
While an April 2015 launch is said to be on the cards for the new variant of the Celerio, which could cost about 5 lakh rupees on the road, given that the petrol powered models retail for about 4.5 lakh rupees. New information emerging on the interweb suggests that the car’s launch could be pushed back by 3-6 months. A 5 speed manual gearbox is expected to be standard fare on the diesel powered Celerio, with an automated transmission option highly unlikely as that would push costs to B+ segment hatchback levels. So, if one wants an automatic variant of the Celerio, the petrol powered AMT model is still the way to go. The Celerio brand played host to India’s first AMT car, and with diesel power to arrive shortly, the brand will also become the first to host the smallest diesel engine in the Indian car market.
Spyshots courtesy GaadiWaadi on Twitter