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Maruti Suzuki Celerio Review: Maruti Suzuki Celerio: First Impression

Maruti Suzuki Celerio: First Impression

By Shiva Shankar; 22nd February, 2014
Introduction

Maruti Suzuki Celerio: First Impression

Maruti Suzuki recently launched Celerio at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida. The Celerio has officially replaced the A-Star in India and the company claims that with this new car, it offers more than the usual needs of customers. It is the first car to feature an AMT – automated manual shift transmission.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes with the same powertrain as seen on the A-Star, Estilo and Wagon R Stingray. However, the engine has been tuned to deliver better performance and greater mileage.

The Celerio is already getting close to 10,000 bookings per day and from the rising trend it is evident that the Celerio will be another success story for the company. We take it for a quick spin and find more information in our first impression report.

Exterior

At first look, Celerio appears broad and bold in styling. Bold clear lens headlights combined with lengthier chrome grill with Suzuki emblem is the main attraction. The front bumper is broad and has space for fog lamps.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Black grill is beautifully placed with space between each grill to enable easier flow of air. The counters used on the bonnet shell gives a updated look than a plane look. Side body panel is given good lot of attention with introduction of contours running from top of rear side panel to front fender.

The wheel arches are given fine finishing. The door window panels are almost as good as in the earlier version and won’t make much difference. Outer rear view mirrors are provided with side indicators in top end variant ie ZXI. The tail door panel is almost same as earlier version i.e. A star. The difference being name tag, glossy effect colours, slight variation in tail lamp design.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio 

Interior

The door panels have wide opening and hence getting into the car won’t be a problem. The main attraction about interiors is the broad dash board. Appealing design of steering wheel combined with round shaped blower vents, centrally placed music system, dual tone finishing given to the top model dashboard adds to the good impression.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

The same instrument cluster is retained in new model. Except availability of tachometer in Auto gear selection version. Seat cushioning is good and integrated head rest adds to comfort. The rear seat is comfortable for three average sized persons. Door panels are given options for holding magazines, bottle holders etc.

 Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Performance

We had taken a test drive of Manual transmission version. Driving the car is as good as driving the earlier version A star. However, one can feel the smooth performance of the new engine and comfortable driving position. Visibility is good and somehow the side pillars looks a bit big while gazing at the corners.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

A smooth pick up is achieved and gear shifting is smooth too. Seating position for rear seat passengers is comfortable with considerable leg space and just good enough head room. As always, the co driver seat is best for stretching legs and comfort. We did not have opportunity to drive the auto gear shift version and hence can’t mention much about it. 

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Maruti Suzuki
 Model Celerio
Variant Petrol
Engine CC 998
Power PS/RPM 68/6200
Torque NM/RPM 90/3500
Transmission 5/M/Auto gear shift
Turning radius in M 4.7
Tyres 155/80 R13(LXI)
  165/70 R14(VXI,ZXI)
Dimensions in mm
Length 3600
Width 1600
Height 1560
Wheelbase 2425
Luggage space in L 235
Ground Clearance 165
Fuel Tank Capacity 35
Fuel Efficiency in KMPL 23
Kerb weight in KG 830
Features
Features LXI LXI AMT VXI VXI AMT ZXI ZXI(O)
Price (Ex-showroom Mumbai in Rs.) 3,96,607 4,36,677 4,26,904 4,66,877 4,57,264 5,03,816
Air conditioner(Manual) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heater Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Music System No No No No Yes Yes
Keyless entry (5 doors) No No No No Yes Yes
Security system No No No No No Yes
Central door locks No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electric power windows No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electrically adjustable ORVM No No No No Yes Yes
Audio controls on steering No No No No Yes Yes
Tilt steering No No No No Yes Yes
Gear position indicator No No No No Yes Yes
Rear window wiper and washer No No No No Yes Yes
Body coloured door handle,mirror No No No No Yes Yes
Alloy wheels No No No No No Yes
Driver side airbag No No No No Yes Yes
Co driver side airbag No No No No No Yes
ABS No No No No No Yes
Competition
Specifications
Maruti Suzuki
Celerio
Chevrolet
Beat
Hyundai
Grand i10
Variant Petrol Petrol Petrol
Price (Ex-showroom Mumbai in Rs.) 5,03,816 5,32,961 5,35,775
Engine Displacement 998 1199 1197
Power PS/RPM 68/6200 80.5/6200 83/6000
Torque NM/RPM 90/3500 108/4400 113/4000
Transmission 5/M 5/M 5/M
Turning radius in M 4.7    
Tyres 155/65 R14 155/70 R14 165/65 R14
Dimensions in mm
Length 3600 364 3765
Width 1600 1595 1660
Height 1560 1520 1520
Wheelbase 2425 2375 2425
Ground Clearance 165 175 165
Fuel Tank Capacity 35 35 43
Fuel Efficiency in KMPL 23 18.6 18
Features ZXI(O) LT(O) Asta
Steering mounted Audio controls Yes No Yes
Speakers for surround sound effect for all doors Yes Yes Yes
Air conditioner Yes Yes Yes
Electronic power steering Yes Yes Yes
Front power windows Yes Yes Yes
Rear power windows Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable tilt steering Yes Yes Yes
Electrically adjustable ORVM Yes Yes Yes
Keyless central door loacking Yes Yes Yes
Front fog lamps No Yes Yes
Rear wiper,washer,defogger Yes Yes Yes
Integrated music system with backlit buttons Yes Yes Yes
Driver SRS airbag Yes Yes Yes
Co Driver airbag Yes No Yes
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes Yes Yes
Conclusion

Celerio as a latest car from Maruti Suzuki serves well as a replacement for Astar. The introduction of Auto gear shift with which the same manual transmission is used with mechanism for automatic shifting of gears is a boosting factor for new customers. We shall soon take a long drive of the same and provide a review on it.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

One more important point worth mentioned is the new prices as per latest budget announced. There is a considerable drop in prices of existing models and new cars on offer give customers plenty of options. Its recommendable to test drive Celerio to experience the newness.