Maruti Suzuki is prepping up a new variant of the Celerio hatchback. It is a cross version of the hatch and is called the Celerio X. Now, the first images of the hatch have surfaced online. The new Celerio X has been spotted at the dealer’s yard ahead of its festive season debut.
The Celerio X has been spotted in a new shade of bright orange akin to the one seen on the Alto K10. The styling addition to the X is a black insert on the redesigned bumpers, just beneath the headlamps. The circular fog lamps are integrated into the black extension. The boomerang-shaped inserts give a distinct styling appeal to the plain-Jane looking Celerio. The grille and the air-vents in the bumpers are redesigned as well.
In a typical cross-hatchback fashion, there is black cladding over the wheel arches and side skirts. The door trims and the ORVMs are done in black as well. Maruti has also given the Celerio X roof rails to give the hatch a rugged appearance. At the rear, the cladded bumpers get faux silver skid plates. The ride height of the Celerio X seems to have been raised as compared to the standard one. The spotted car was riding on steel rims, but the higher spec cars are expected to get new black alloy wheels.
Maruti is expected to introduce the Celerio X in its usual eight trims with both manual and automatic transmissions. The same K10B 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will do the duty in the Celerio X. The engine produces 60bhp and 90Nm which should be sufficient for the hatch, but we expect Maruti to slightly tune the powertrain to match the cross body style. Features of the standard Celerio such as keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs, power windows, Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted audio controls, ABS and dual airbags will be available as well.
The cross Celerio will compete mainly against the Mahindra KUV100. It will be the most affordable cross-hatchback in the country. Prices are expected to be slightly higher than the standard Celerio. Maruti will launch the Celerio X in the upcoming weeks. Until then, stay tuned.