Hatchbacks being converted into crossover look-alikes started gaining momentum in Indian auto industry a few years ago. Volkswagen brought in their Cross Polo, Toyota launched the Etios Cross, Fiat launched Avventura, Hyundai got the i20 Active.
Later, the small hatchbacks with SUVish structure were introduced and they became hugely successful. Renault Kwid is a fine example of this. Now, another entry level hatchback is getting a crossover look, and it is the Maruti Celerio.
Spied by Tanmay Gupta, the images of the Maruti Celerio Cross were clicked when it was out for TVC shoot. Expect the car to be launched in the coming weeks. Just in time for the Diwali festive season, which is when car makers experience huge sales.
Maruti Suzuki India is continuously wary of the fact that their rivals are catching up faster than ever. In order to continue with their lead in India, they plan to offer more new cars. And considering the new-found love for hatchback converted into crossovers, Maruti Suzuki seems to be ready with their new product.
Maruti Celerio Cross shares a great deal of its exterior and on board technology with the Celerio hatchback which was launched in India in February 2014. Celerio Cross sees increased dimensions (due to plastic cladding) with added ground clearance of 10-15mm while suspension setup could also be tweaked.
In the front there is a 4 slat chrome grille and projector headlamps. Maruti Celerio Cross gets the same K10B, 998cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine offering 68 PS power and 90 NM torque mated to a 5 speed gearbox. Expect Celerio Cross to be priced INR 20,000-40,000 more than the regular Celerio hatchback.