Spied while on display at a private screening for dealers/customers at Buddh International Circuit, the new Maruti hatchback carries an aggressive styling in the front. This is based on the A-Wind Concept which was first shown to the world at the 2013 Thailand Motor Show.
To start with the design, the front looks very impressive. Bonnet design carries a similar flow in the front, as that of the Swift when seen from the side. The headlights are big, giving the car an aggressive front look. The broader, taller looking front adds to it’s road presence. This helps the Celerio to have a much bigger road presence than it’s size.
Other highlights in the front, is the double slat chrome grille. Then there are the fog lamps, which further accentuates the looks of this car. On the sides, you will notice the new 6 spoke alloys and the two lines, one on the shoulder and the other near the lower side, together making the Celerio look longer than it is. The windows too are large, while door knobs and ORVM with turn indicator don’t carry a new design.
Move towards the rear, and it looks like Maruti designers didn’t spend an equal amount of time, as spent on the front. The rear looks rather bland as compared to the front of Celerio. Tail-lights do remind of another Maruti product, the Alto 800, while the upper half of the rear, looks very similar to the Swift. Like the front bumper, the rear too is chunky.
Speaking about engine options, the 1.0l K10 petrol offering 67 hp and 90 Nm torque will be seen on Celerio. This engine option will be offered with 5 speed manual transmission, and an automated manual transmission. The AMT technology will be seen for the first time in India. It will offer easier driving during peak hour traffic, along with better mileage as compared to an automatic transmission. AMT is also cheaper than AT. This version of Celerio will be called EZ Drive.
Apart from this, Maruti might offer a diesel engine option, in the form of an all-new 800 cc engine, which they plan to introduce later this year. Maruti Celerio will be launched in India at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo in February 2014. Deliveries are expected to commence immediately after that while price are expected to be in the range of Rs 4 to Rs 5.5 lakh. Once launched, Celerio will take on Hyundai’s new superstar, Grand i10. (images via)