Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Yogesh Sarkar

Maruti Suzuki has launched their new compact car, Celerio with auto gear shift technology, which it claims to be as fuel efficient as manual transmission. Powered by a 1 liter K-next engine, Celerio produces 68Ps of peak power at 6,000rpm and 90Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, with a claimed fuel efficiency of 23.1kmpl.


Speaking at the launch, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki, said, “Maruti Suzuki has always believed in offering cars that set new benchmarks of technology, style and overall costs in India. Maruti Suzuki Celerio is the latest example that brings path breaking Auto Gear Shift technology in cars for the first time and that too, in country’s most popular compact car segment. The Celerio promises a new, convenient and fun to drive experience, with top class fuel efficiency, at a highly attractive price and low maintenance cost. We are confident that Celerio will soon become a popular choice among customers as they enjoy the benefits that this new technology brings.”

Auto Gear Shit variants of Celerio start at Rs. 4.29lakh for the LXi, while the VXi costs Rs. 4.59lakh. Manual transmission LXi costs Rs. 3.90 lakh, VXi Rs. 4.20 lakh and ZXi 4.5lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).

[h=3]Celerio Specifications[/h]
Length3600 mmPower68 ps / 6000 rpm
Width1600 mmTorque90 Nm / 3500 rpm
Height1560 mmWheel Base2425 mm
Fuel Efficiency23.1 kmplTurning Radius4.7 meters
Kerb weight810 kgs
830 kgs (full options)
Boot Space
Ground Clearance
235 litres
165 mm

MSIL hasn't been ruling the compact car / hatchback segment without any reason. Another proof is Celerio which has all what it takes to be a successful compact hatchback in India - inoffensive styling, low starting price point, well equipped top variant, good space, fuel efficient engine with decent performance and all this backed up by the largest sales and service network.

AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) is the poor man's automatic and isn't really expensive like the other options available in automatic transmission. I mean who'd have thought of a car with automatic transmission for 4.5 lakhs.