Maruti Suzuki is devoted into making innovations to increase convenience in its cars. When the news of the upcoming AGS (Auto Gear Shift, an Automated Manual Transmission) came in late 2013, it was said that it is going to debut in the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. People were charmed by the ad-campaigns and wanted to have a taste of this new gen gearshift. On February 2014, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio was launched in India and this new gearshift system made headlines. With an impressive styling, cool interior design and overall impression, the Celerio has certainly won hearts of the people. The car is available in LXI, VXI and ZXI having MT (O) and AT(O) options. It comes in 5 colour options of Blazing Red, Silky Silver, Cerulean Blue, Pearl Arctic White and Glistening Grey. MYNEWCAR recommends ZXI variant.
|Ex-showroom Price Range||4,31,027 - 5,49,818|
The Celerio has many stunning features along with a broad profile. It has a length of 3600mm, width of 1600mm and height of 1560mm and the curve in curve out (CICO) profile makes it look like a cheeky, amicable student. Also, expect decent legroom in the rear with a wheelbase of 2425mm. The front looks impressive with trendy headlamps, chrome lining on grille and round fog lamps at the bottom. The biggest highlight of the side profile is the CICO styling which enhances the car's exterior’s character. To add more style, the stylish alloy wheels and ORVM with turn indicators play their role here. The rear gets even more impressive with trendy taillamps and high mount stop lamp.
The Celerio gets an impressive design for its interiors. The sweeping wave design dashboard with the black and beige dual tone colour scheme looks dashing. The driver seat height adjuster is seen only in ZXI MT variant. The 3 spoke tilt adjustable steering wheel gets audio and call controls. The instrument panel gets multi information display. There is integrated stereo system at the centre panel. The Celerio has 15 storage spaces to store everything you love. The XpanDesign profile of the interior gives the idea how spacious the Celerio is. Topping up is 235litres of boot space to add all your getaway requirements.
The engine is the 998cc 3-cylinder K10B engine. At start, it has an impressive silence and if you rev this engine up, the typical 3-cylinder whine is heard. However, the engine has a flat torque delivery and the Drive-By-Wire system compensates for this by acting as a torque booster. The EZ drive AGS system eases the driving experience to the greatest extent. It eliminates the need of clutch while changing gears. On highways, the ride is smooth. But in urban driving, the shift quality is not that good and you can feel the clutch being actuated with change in speeds. But above all, the Celerio's AMT technology gives the boost for the easy and stress free drives.
Now, onto ride and handling. Ride quality is good and has impressive stability at high speeds. However, the EPS doesn't give feedback when it is most needed. But above all, the steering is light and precise to go through crowded streets.
The Celerio is powered by the 998cc K10B engine, also called K-Next. This 3 cylinder and 12 valve engine gives a power of 67.05bhp at 6000rpm and torque of 90Nm at 3500rpm. This engine has a fuel efficiency of 23.1km/litre. The 5-speed manual transmission is the regular here, what's more exciting is Maruti Suzuki's new technological innovation- EZ drive technology which is an automated manual transmission. This technology eliminated the need to press clutch or change gears to gain speed. Here, an electrical control unit (ECU) drives a hydraulic actuator which does the required work. To enhance the engine torque and make boring driving even more exciting, there is a drive-by-wire technology which gives better drive response and aids in fuel efficiency. Also, VXI variant gets a CNG option.
The Celerio has many safety features as standard across all variants. These include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, headlamp leveller, immobilizer and rear door child-proof locks. The ZXI variant get rear window wiper and washer. McPherson strut with coil spring suspension in front and Coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring suspension in rear provide stability. Braking is done by ventilated disc brakes in front and drum brakes in rear.
Priced from Rs. 4.31lakhs to Rs. 5.58lakhs, the Celerio is incredibly affordable. The EZ drive technology gets the credits for fulfilling the dream of a worry-free driving. The curvy, trendy exterior, stylish interior, superb safety features and an overall stylish appeal are the highlights of this car. If auto gear is what you are looking for but don't want to shell out lots of money, then the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is what you need.
Let us say that the car is driven for 1000km a month i.e. 12,000km yearly. So, the cost of ownership for Maruti Suzuki Celerio can come upto Rs. 51,336 for one year, which includes Rs.13,300 of insurance cost, Rs. 1,236 of maintenance cost and Rs. 36,800 of fuel cost. Here the loan interest is not factored in as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is up against Hyundai EON, Renault Kwid, Tata Tiago, Honda Brio, Chevrolet Beat and Nissan Micra Active. The Celerio has already got many awards and happy, smiling customers as well. Will it continue this streak or get beaten down by its rivals. The future sales will have the final decision.