Maruti Suzuki is always known for manufacturing economical and practical-for-the-road hatchbacks. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is yet another small car from the Maruti stable. A pronounced shift has been seen here – from manual cars to automatic cars. The fuel efficiency, it is being claimed by Maruti, will not be too different and up to 23 km per litre is what is being talked about. This is the first effort by any car manufacturer to give equal prominence to automatic shift vehicles.
Though the Maruti Celerio is based on the Suzuki A-Wind concept, the front of the Celerio looks like the Toyota Liva. The side profile is similar to the A-Star, while the rear is much like the Alto 800. The design is very bland. The Celerio has a feather light build with a kerb weight of only 810 kg.
The Celerio is one of the cheapest automatic cars in India. The LXi AMT starts at Rs. 4.14 lakhs. It is one of the best vehicles for the city roads. There is also manual mode. The cabin has many features. The car has decent legroom, excellent headroom and a 235 liter boot space. The rear seats are foldable that make it a leader in the segment It’s a 998 cc K Next engine that produces 67 BHP at 90 NM of torque. The K-next engine has peppy performance and good fuel economy. The suspension offers neutral ride quality and predictable handling. The high fuel efficiency for both manual and auto-manual variants helps in keeping the fuel bills to a minimum. The AMT and the manual gear boxes run without any special maintenance leading to reduced maintenance costs.
In AMT, when the driver selects the speed, the clutch operation and the shifting of the gear is done automatically using an electronic processor.
The price of the Maruti Celerio ex showroom price in india is falls between Rupees 3.76 and 4.79 lakh and is incomparable with any other car with AMT or fully automatic transmission like the Honda Brio or the Hyundai i10. That is the first reason for the increased popularity of the Celerio.
There are a few shortcomings found on the Celerio. The ZXi trim and safety features like ABS and airbags are unavailable with the AMT. The VXi trim is poorly equipped. The AMT lacks the refinement and shift-speed of conventional ATs. The 3-cylinder 1.0 L lacks power when compare against competitors that have smoother 4-cylinder 1.2 L engines. The build comes a bit flimsy. The manual variant is overpriced while the Celerio AMT currently has an extremely long waiting period.
The Celerio has received good reviews from many of the reviewers. Maruti’s excellent after-sales service and wide dealer network ensures that the Celerio gets many customers.
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