Maruti Suzuki is likely to launch the diesel powered Celerio next year and the latest spotting of the car goes a step further to confirm a production reality of the hotly anticipated vehicle. The Celerio Diesel with a DDiS badge on its front fender has been spotted testing. The badging indicates that the Celerio Diesel is close to hitting production shortly as detailed badges denoting engine details are unusual additions to concept vehicles, or test mules that are far from production. Also, the Celerio with the DDiS badge was completely uncamouflaged with seats featuring plastic covers, other indications of production being close at hand.
The Celerio Diesel is expected to use a twin cylinder turbo diesel engine borrowed from the upcoming Y9T pick up truck. The 792 cc twin cylinder diesel engine will be the smallest turbo diesel engine to power an Indian car. While power and torque outputs of this engine remain unknown at the moment, a 30 Kmpl fuel efficiency is said to be the target of this engine. If achieved, the 30 Kmpl mileage figure will make the Celerio Diesel the most fuel efficient car in India. The Celerio Diesel will take on the Chevrolet Beat Diesel in India. Expect prices of the Celerio Diesel to start at under the 4.5 lakh rupees mark.
A successful run at the hustings for the Celerio Diesel is likely to result in more turbo diesel engined entry level hatchbacks from Maruti Suzuki. The WagonR is likely to be the next Maruti Suzuki small car to feature the 792 cc turbo diesel engine, borrowed from the likes of the Celerio hatchback and the Y9T pick up truck. Maruti Suzuki has plans to offer a wide variety of fuel options on its mass market cars. While CNG, LPG and Petrol options are a given on most Maruti Suzuki budget offerings, the addition of diesel power will raise the bar further.