Maruti launches the Celerio
Becomes the first Indian car to be offered with an automated manual transmission
Maruti has launched its all-new Celerio hatchback at the Auto Expo at a starting price of Rs 3.9 lakh for the base LXi manual variant.
Available for the first time in India is Maruti's revolutionary Auto Gear Shift, which it calls EZ Drive technology. Developed along with Italy's Magneti Marelli, the Celerio AMT promises to offer a hassle-free drive. The advantage it has over the conventional automatic gearboxes is that while the electronically-controlled unit changes gears automatically, it doesn't sip as much fuel.
The Celerio's 1.0-litre K-Series engine churns out 67bhp and 90Nm of max torque, which sounds good enough for a hatchback that weighs just 810kg. Along with the new AMT, there's also a cheaper manual transmission on offer.
Although the new hatchback may not be a looker, the cabin looks quite modern with the dual-tone interiors adding a tiny touch of luxury. The top-end ZXi (O) also gets features like height adjustable driver seat, electrically-adjustable ORVMs, security system, tiltable steering wheel, rear wiper, ABS, dual airbags, fog lamps and alloy wheels.
At present, the Celerio doesn't replace any of Maruti's existing models. But going forward, it could replace the slow selling A-Star. The new Celerio manual is priced at Rs 3.9 lakh for the base LXi, Rs 4.2 lakh for VXi, Rs 4.5 lakh for ZXi and Rs 4.96 lakh for ZXi Optional variant. The Celerio with an automated manual transmission costs Rs 4.29 lakh for the LXi and Rs 4.59 lakh for the VXi variant (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Remember, these are introductory prices.