Meanwhile, the Maruti Suzuki CelerioX’s Paprika Orange colour has been discontinued
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) introduced the BS6 version of its Celerio hatchback earlier this year, at an ex-showroom starting price of Rs 4.41 lakh. The car was initially available in a diesel format but due to low demand, it was discontinued well ahead of the Indian automaker’s shift to BS6 emission norms. Maruti Suzuki has opted a petrol-only product strategy for BS6 era.
Its crossover-ish version, Maruti Suzuki CelerioX is priced from Rs 4.90 lakh. Besides some added cosmetics and colour choices, both the Celerio and CelerioX remain mechanically identical. They are available with AGS (Auto Gear Shift) option as well.
It was only recently that we shared a spy shot of the new-gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio (2020MY) doing test runs somewhere in Haryana. News regarding an all-new Celerio avatar a.k.a. ‘YNC’ broke out as early as June 2019. It was expected to make an appearance at Auto Expo 2020 (held in early February) as a compelling alternative to the Tata Tiago and Hyundai Santro. Over the months, there have been several rumours regarding its powertrain, specs and underpinnings.
Possible launch timeline
Maruti Suzuki AREA dealers have received notification that the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio hatchback will be launched soon, possibly by October. At the moment, it is unknown whether the new Celerio will be accompanied by an improved CelerioX version.
Latest spy shots reveal minimal details under all the heavy camouflage. Key highlights include new wheels, updated lighting clusters, revised bumpers and more features on the inside such as a reasonably sized touchscreen, automatic climate control, reverse parking camera + sensors, etc. Starting prices might touch between Rs 4.5-4.7 lakh. To give a comparison, the Tata Tiago BS6 is priced from Rs 4.60 lakh while Hyundai Motor India’s entry-level Santro BS6 carries a price tag of Rs 4.57 lakh. All prices mentioned here are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Meanwhile, the company has discontinued the popular Parika Orange colour of the Maruti Suzuki CelerioX; effective from August 2020. This brings down its colour palette to four choices: Torque Blue, Glistening Grey, Caffeine Brown and Arctic White. The regular Celerio is available in six shades: Tango Orange, Arctic White, Glistening Grey, Blazing Red, Silky Silver and Torque Blue.
Engine & specs
We do not expect a major performance bump in the upcoming 2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio and CelerioX siblings. In their current BS6 format, the 1.0-litre K10B NA petrol three-cylinder engine makes 67bhp @ 6,000rpm and 90Nm @ 3,500rpm. This is mated to either a 5-speed manual or AGS AMT unit.