Celerio, Maruti-Suzuki’s new small car based on the A-Wind Concept that debuted at the 2013 Thailand Motor Show is going to launch in Auto Expo of next month. The car would come as a replacement to the company’s poor performing A-Star and Zen Estilo models and is expected to take on the Hyundai i10.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio, a 3600mm long, 1600mm wide and with a 2425mm wheelbase hatchback is expected to carry a starting price tag of Rs 3.8 lakh, ex-showroom in Delhi with the price rising to Rs 4.9 lakh for the top of the version. All versions of the Celerio, however, will only be powered by a petrol engine and there are no plans to launch for a diesel variant either.
The Celerio might only come with one engine but there will be an option to choose between a manual and an automatic. The manual is a 5-speed gearbox while the automatic is essentially a clutch less manual. The Celerio will be available in three trim levels – Lxi, Vxi and Zxi. The engine is the same as the one on the Wagon R. It is an all-aluminium, 998cc, three-cylinder petrol engine that develops a max power output of 68PS at 6000rpm and a peak torque of 90Nm at 3500rpm.
Celerio gets stuff like audio controls on the steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, Bluetooth telephony and a trip computer (though basic) on the top of the line Zxi trim. The Zxi optional trim also gets two airbags upfront and ABS. The prices will be announced at the Expo and the Celerio will be available for deliveries soon after.