The Celerio is a B-segment hatchback from Maruti Suzuki launched mainly to replace the A-Star. The Celerio plugs the gap between the Wagon R and the Ritz with a car that provides decent cabin and boot space. Launched at the 2014 Auto Expo, this hatchback armed with AMT transmission is one of the best options for urban commuting.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is 3.6-metres long (2.4 metre wheelbase), 1.6-metres wide and 1.5-metres high, making it much larger than the outgoing A-Star. Its silhouette has all the elements of the small Suzuki hatchback language, but the fascia and the design is completely new. The front design is part of Suzuki’s new design language with a curved two stat grille connecting the headlamps. The headlamp console and the front bumper are angular giving it a modern feel.
Both the shoulder-line and waist-line are bold, but they don’t add much value in this small car. The top-end variant gets a nice set of alloy-wheels. The rear is typical Maruti with the tail lamp cluster similar to that of the bigger siblings. There are multiple horizontal lines here that actually make the car look more compact from this angle.
Inside, the top-spec Celerio gets beige and black upholstery, Bluetooth enabled music system and electric OVRMs. On the safety front optional features include ABS and dual front airbags. Two passengers can comfortably sit at the back for a long journey, the third passenger won’t have too many issues during sit rides. The Celerio provides ample leg room and knee room for the rear bench, but it is the width that is the main issue. The boot space of 235 litres is actually more than the space available in the Swift or most other hatchbacks in its segment, also the rear seat can be folded almost doubling the storage space. The Celerio is not a feature-rich car, however, the dealers will offer many company approved accessories.
The Celerio is available in four manual and two AMT variants with both gearboxes mated to a 1.0-litre K10B engine that produces 67bhp and 90Nm torque. The Japanese carmaker is also offering a VXi CNG variant with a manual transmission. The manual is a standard five-speed unit available with all Maruti products in that range. The AMT unit on the other hand is a segment first, offering the interface of an AT gearbox on a manual. The AMT is becoming a hit with the city dwellers delivering decent performance without much compromise on efficiency (ARAI efficiency: 23.1kmpl).
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio competes with the Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat, Nissan Micra Active and others in the entry-level B-segment.