Maruti Suzuki will launch the 2014 Celerio hatchback at the Delhi Motor Show in February. Before the launch itself, images of the car are pouring in from various parts of India. The latest set of live images show the front and rear of the production version of the Celerio hatchback. In blue colour, the Celerio looks bigger than the cars it will replace, the A Star and the Estilo. The Celerio will be the new global Suzuki Alto in international car markets.
In India, the Celerio will be sold with the 1 liter K series petrol engine. This engine features 3 cylinders and delivers power and torque outputs of 67 Bhp and 90 Nm respectively. This engine gets a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic gearbox in all the other Maruti Suzuki cars it powers. However, things will be different in the Celerio. The car will get an automated manual transmission that omits the manual clutch in favour of an automatic unit.
So, the person who drives the AMT equipped Celerio won’t have to bother using the clutch to shift gears as the manual clutch simply does not exist in the foot well of the car. Instead, he or she can simply shift gears manually, without any need for the clutch. The clutch does exist inside the engine bay but is a hydraulic unit that works automatically by taking inputs from the engine’s ECU.
Maruti Suzuki will reveal prices and variants of the Celerio at the Delhi Motor Show. A diesel engine for the Celerio won’t be available for at least a year from now. So, if you’re looking at the additional mileage and low running costs that a diesel engined car can manage, you need to look at Maruti Suzuki’s cheapest diesel powered car, which in other words is the Ritz hatchback.