The upcoming diesel-powered version of the Celerio hatchback has been spied at Maruti Suzuki’s stockyard in Manesar, Delhi. The photo shows a number of diesel Celerio cars sitting ready for dealer despatch, indicating that the car’s launch is on the horizon.
Cosmetically, the Celerio diesel will be identical to the petrol variants, except for the DDiS badging on the side. Unlike the majority of Maruti Suzuki’s diesel car line-up which employ Fiat’s 1.3-litre MultiJet engine, the Celerio’s diesel variants are powered by a completely new 800cc engine. This two-cylinder mill has been developed in-house by the Delhi-based manufacturer and is expected to churn out around 50bhp and 150Nm of torque. This engine has been tuned to extract maximum efficiency and is expected to come with a staggering fuel efficiency of nearly 30kmpl.
As the engine has been developed in-house, Maruti Suzuki should be able to price the Celerio diesel very competitively in the Indian market. We can safely assume the diesel engine to be offered across the entire line-up, in the LDi, VDi and ZDi trims. It will compete with other entry-level diesel hatchbacks like the Chevrolet Beat and the upcoming Tata Kite.