Maruti Celerio is the A-Star replacing hatchback for India
Maruti Suzuki has already revealed that they have something special lined-up for 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Though they did not reveal much, it is safe to bet that that the special is in the form of their two new cars, A-Star replacing hatchback, and SX4 replacing sedan, both of which have been already spotted testing near their plant in Haryana.
Suzuki, the parent company of Maruti Suzuki India has revealed that the A:Wind concept, which was shown at the Thailand International Motor Show in November 2013, will be called Celerio . The name is expected to be carry over to the Indian sub-continent, where it will replace the ageing A-Star. Celerio will be a global model. In Europe, it will replace the Alto (known as A-Star in India).
Indian debut of Maruti Celerio will take place at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo in February. It will be powered by a 1 liter K Series petrol engine offering 67 bhp power and 90 Nm torque. Maruti Celerio will receive the same engine as seen on board Maruti Suzuki A Star and Estilo it replaces which will be mated to a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic gearbox. This engine has an ARAI tested fuel efficiency of 20.2 kmpl when seen on board Alto K10 while on the Celerio, fuel efficiency should be even more.
Where design is concerned, the new compact Celerio will bear strong similarities to the A Star while interiors will be more spacious especially in the rear passenger section. Features on board will include an audio system, power windows, driver and passenger airbags and ABS among others.
Targeted at younger section of buyers, the upcoming Maruti Celerio will compete with the likes of Chevrolet Beat and various other models in the compact segment. No indications on price as on date but expect it to be priced higher than the WagonR. (spy shots credit)