On the second day of the Delhi Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki India launched the much awaited Celerio hatchback at a starting price of Rs 3.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The automated manual transmission (AMT) version starts at Rs 4.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The new Maruti Celerio will be replacing the A-Star and Zen Estilo hatchbacks in India. Launched in three trim levels - LXi, VXi and ZXi, the Celerio becomes the first car in its segment to feature an automated manual transmission.
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The new EZ Drive technology makes the Celerio an easy car to drive for beginners. The hatchback sports the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder K-Series petrol engine, which also did duty to existing A-Star.
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This power-unit produces a peak power of 67bhp with 90Nm of torque. Maruti Suzuki has also provided the option of a five speed manual transmission. The hatchback is claimed to deliver a class-leading fuel-efficiency of 23.1kmpl.
The overall exterior resembles to the A-Wind Concept, which was first previewed at Thailand Motor Show. With extended dimensions, the new Celerio looks bigger than its predecessors. The interior looks identical to the A-Star, but is certainly more up-market than before.