Production of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel is said to have already begun at Manesar, Haryana, the location of one of the two car factories that India’s largest automaker runs. The Celerio Diesel is rumoured to be launched this month, and it’s USP will be the 30 Kmpl mileage that the hatchback is touted to deliver. This mileage will make the hatchback the most fuel efficient car in the country. The Celerio Diesel is likely to be priced around 50,000 rupees more than its equivalent petrol powered variants. LDi, VDi and ZDi trims are could be offered.
The car will become the least priced diesel powered hatchback in Maruti Suzuki’s line up. On the top-end variant of the Celerio, airbags and ABS will be offered as standard safety features. The hatchback will also feature the smallest turbo diesel engine in its segment, in this case a 792cc, twin cylinder motor that will also power the upcoming Y9T code-named pick up truck. This motor could deliver about 50 Bhp-140 Nm on the Celerio Diesel. A five speed manual transmission will power the front wheels of the car.
It remains to be seen if Maruti Suzuki will offer an automated manual transmission on the diesel powered variants, considering that the automaker serves up such an option on the petrol powered models. Another interesting angle to the new twin cylinder turbo diesel motor is that, this engine could eventually find its way to budget Maruti Suzuki cars such as the WagonR and the Alto. For now though, the automaker would be keeping its fingers crossed for the success of the Celerio Diesel.
With the launch just around the corner, the next few months will decide on the path that the automaker takes when it comes to small capacity, budget turbo diesel cars. Watch this space.