Maruti Celerio diesel to rival Hyundai Grand i10 and Chevrolet Beat in April 2015
Maruti Celerio was introduced in India in January 2014, with acclaimed K10B three-cylinder petrol engine previously acquainted in Alto K10 small car. The USP of Celerio was Automated Manual Transmission, moreover, it was the first passenger car to equip the technology. Booking and sales of Celerio AMT sky-rocketed from the start, causing immense demand for AMT kits from Magneti Marelli than they could supply, leading to months worth of delays in delivery. Waiting period gradually came down towards the beginning of fourth quarter, by which time AMT was made available in two more cars in India.
Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki was performing final touches to their first locally developed diesel engine, which had plans to be plonked in their first LCV codenamed Y9T (to be badged Maruti Super Carry) and also the Celerio.
The engine is a two-cylinder 800 cc unit probably capable of 35 PS peak power and high enough torque to carry about 750 kg payload up hill at decent speed (speaking for the LCV). Same engine in Celerio will be tweaked for better NVH levels and mileage, to make Maruti Celerio diesel the most affordable diesel car in India (to buy and to maintain). Recent spy shots showed DDIS badge on Celerio test mule’s fender, just like in diesel versions of Swift and Dzire, indicating that Maruti’s new 800 cc diesel engine has Dual Digital Ignition System.
Upcoming Maruti Celerio diesel will win the ‘smallest diesel car in India’ title from Chevrolet Beat, as the latter is propelled by three-cylinder 1.0 litre unit.
Via – Business Standard