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      Maruti Suzuki Celerio: First Impression

      Shiva Shankar

      Shiva Shankar

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      Maruti Suzuki Celerio: First Impression

      Maruti Suzuki recently launched Celerio at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida. The Celerio has officially replaced the A-Star in India and the company claims that with this new car, it offers more than the usual needs of customers. It is the first car to feature an AMT – automated manual shift transmission.

      Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes with the same powertrain as seen on the A-Star, Estilo and Wagon R Stingray. However, the engine has been tuned to deliver better performance and greater mileage.

      The Celerio is already getting close to 10,000 bookings per day and from the rising trend it is evident that the Celerio will be another success story for the company. We take it for a quick spin and find more information in our first impression report.

      Appearance Exterior

      At first look, Celerio appears broad and bold in styling. Bold clear lens headlights combined with lengthier chrome grill with Suzuki emblem is the main attraction. The front bumper is broad and has space for fog lamps.

      Black grill is beautifully placed with space between each grill to enable easier flow of air. The counters used on the bonnet shell gives a updated look than a plane look. Side body panel is given good lot of attention with introduction of contours running from top of rear side panel to front fender.

      The wheel arches are given fine finishing. The door window panels are almost as good as in the earlier version and won’t make much difference. Outer rear view mirrors are provided with side indicators in top end variant ie ZXI. The tail door panel is almost same as earlier version i.e. A star. The difference being name tag, glossy effect colours, slight variation in tail lamp design.

       

      Appearance Interior

      The door panels have wide opening and hence getting into the car won’t be a problem. The main attraction about interiors is the broad dash board. Appealing design of steering wheel combined with round shaped blower vents, centrally placed music system, dual tone finishing given to the top model dashboard adds to the good impression.

      The same instrument cluster is retained in new model. Except availability of tachometer in Auto gear selection version. Seat cushioning is good and integrated head rest adds to comfort. The rear seat is comfortable for three average sized persons. Door panels are given options for holding magazines, bottle holders etc.

       

      Performance Drive

      We had taken a test drive of Manual transmission version. Driving the car is as good as driving the earlier version A star. However, one can feel the smooth performance of the new engine and comfortable driving position. Visibility is good and somehow the side pillars looks a bit big while gazing at the corners.

      A smooth pick up is achieved and gear shifting is smooth too. Seating position for rear seat passengers is comfortable with considerable leg space and just good enough head room. As always, the co driver seat is best for stretching legs and comfort. We did not have opportunity to drive the auto gear shift version and hence can’t mention much about it. 

      Tech Specs

      Technical Specifications
       Make Maruti Suzuki
       Model Celerio
      Variant Petrol
      Engine CC 998
      Power PS/RPM 68/6200
      Torque NM/RPM 90/3500
      Transmission 5/M/Auto gear shift
      Turning radius in M 4.7
      Tyres 155/80 R13(LXI)
        165/70 R14(VXI,ZXI)
      Dimensions in mm
      Length 3600
      Width 1600
      Height 1560
      Wheelbase 2425
      Luggage space in L 235
      Ground Clearance 165
      Fuel Tank Capacity 35
      Fuel Efficiency in KMPL 23
      Kerb weight in KG 830

      Features

      Features LXI LXI AMT VXI VXI AMT ZXI ZXI(O)
      Price (Ex-showroom Mumbai in Rs.) 3,96,607 4,36,677 4,26,904 4,66,877 4,57,264 5,03,816
      Air conditioner(Manual) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Heater Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Music System No No No No Yes Yes
      Keyless entry (5 doors) No No No No Yes Yes
      Security system No No No No No Yes
      Central door locks No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Electric power windows No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Electrically adjustable ORVM No No No No Yes Yes
      Audio controls on steering No No No No Yes Yes
      Tilt steering No No No No Yes Yes
      Gear position indicator No No No No Yes Yes
      Rear window wiper and washer No No No No Yes Yes
      Body coloured door handle,mirror No No No No Yes Yes
      Alloy wheels No No No No No Yes
      Driver side airbag No No No No Yes Yes
      Co driver side airbag No No No No No Yes
      ABS No No No No No Yes

      Competition All Specs

      Specifications
      Maruti Suzuki
      Celerio
      Chevrolet
      Beat
      Hyundai
      Grand i10
      Variant Petrol Petrol Petrol
      Price (Ex-showroom Mumbai in Rs.) 5,03,816 5,32,961 5,35,775
      Engine Displacement 998 1199 1197
      Power PS/RPM 68/6200 80.5/6200 83/6000
      Torque NM/RPM 90/3500 108/4400 113/4000
      Transmission 5/M 5/M 5/M
      Turning radius in M 4.7    
      Tyres 155/65 R14 155/70 R14 165/65 R14
      Dimensions in mm
      Length 3600 364 3765
      Width 1600 1595 1660
      Height 1560 1520 1520
      Wheelbase 2425 2375 2425
      Ground Clearance 165 175 165
      Fuel Tank Capacity 35 35 43
      Fuel Efficiency in KMPL 23 18.6 18
      Features ZXI(O) LT(O) Asta
      Steering mounted Audio controls Yes No Yes
      Speakers for surround sound effect for all doors Yes Yes Yes
      Air conditioner Yes Yes Yes
      Electronic power steering Yes Yes Yes
      Front power windows Yes Yes Yes
      Rear power windows Yes Yes Yes
      Adjustable tilt steering Yes Yes Yes
      Electrically adjustable ORVM Yes Yes Yes
      Keyless central door loacking Yes Yes Yes
      Front fog lamps No Yes Yes
      Rear wiper,washer,defogger Yes Yes Yes
      Integrated music system with backlit buttons Yes Yes Yes
      Driver SRS airbag Yes Yes Yes
      Co Driver airbag Yes No Yes
      Anti-Lock Braking System Yes Yes Yes

      Conclusion

      Celerio as a latest car from Maruti Suzuki serves well as a replacement for Astar. The introduction of Auto gear shift with which the same manual transmission is used with mechanism for automatic shifting of gears is a boosting factor for new customers. We shall soon take a long drive of the same and provide a review on it.

      One more important point worth mentioned is the new prices as per latest budget announced. There is a considerable drop in prices of existing models and new cars on offer give customers plenty of options. Its recommendable to test drive Celerio to experience the newness.

      Maruti Suzuki Celerio ₹ 4.65 Lakh Onwards
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