Maruti to launch Celerio X hatchback/SUV; to rival Renault Kwid Climber Edition

Maruti is set to launch a new off-road version of the Celerio complete with plastic cladding all round the car and a new bumper design.

Another new lineup to the Indian lineup, the Maruti Celerio X is a hatchback with a rough road package. There is plastic cladding running down the sides and the wheel arches. The bumpers are also new with scuff plates to show the intent of the new car.

Alloys are also new and now finished in all black which should look nice with the contrasting colour shade like a bright orange. The car will be positioned as a fun vehicle for the youth with the funky colours seen in the spy shot. The main rival for the car will be the Renault Kwid Climber Edition.

Renault Kwid Climber Edition

The Maruti Celerio is one of the best selling models for the manufacturer. With the combination of a fuel efficient engine and Maruti’s reliability, no wonder the Celerio is a well loved model. And with the automatic AMT available too, there are even more takers.

But with the launch of the Renault Kwid, some of the market share is being pulled away by the new comer. Also with the wide range of trim levels on choice for an entry level hatchback, the Kwid becomes an even more enticing proposition for new car buyers. The Climber Edition is the top end model sporting different interiors and exteriors. Interiors get some colour contrasting orange bits whereas the outside gets some stickers and orange bits as well.

Maruti Celerio X will use the same 998cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine paired to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox.

The Maruti Celerio X should get some tweaks on the inside as well to differentiate it from the standard interiors. If Maruti could make some changes to the suspension slightly raising the car’s ride height, it will more appealing as well, making the car’s upgrades more functional and not just cosmetic. Maruti could also introduce some exterior customising options seen on the Swift and will be sold through the Arena line of dealerships.

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