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The Maruti Celerio is a step-up from both the A-Star and the Estilo hatchback. Having lost ground in this segment to other rivals, the Celerio is Maruti's weapon to regain the lost glory. Ofcourse it will also eat into the sales of the Wagon R but on the whole, it will help Maruti gain traction in the Rs 4-5 lac hatchback category.
At 3600mm in length, 1600mm in width and 1560mm in height, the Celerio is 100mm longer and 70mm taller than the A-Star. Its wheelbase is also 65mm longer than both the A-Star and the Estilo - this has in turn allowed Maruti to liberate more room on the inside which is now comparable to cars like the Honda Brio.
The Celerio also benefits from a bigger boot (235 litres as compared to 212 for Estilo and a mere 129 for the A-Star). On the engine front, the Celerio comes with the same 1.0-litre K10 engine though the overall NVH levels have been worked upon a lot. At 68PS of power and 89Nm of torque, the light weight Celerio has brisk performance for both city and highway use. True to most Maruti offerings, the Celerio excels on the fuel economy front as well with a rated economy of 23.1kmpl.
Maruti will also be offering a new automated transmission on the Celerio and will also make it the most affordable automatic in India.
The Celerio will be sold in a total of five versions - 3 manual and 2 automatic. Steering mounted controls, airbags and ABS are all provided as option. This grown up hatchback with a new modern design (done by Suzuki in Japan) is sure to get footfalls back into Maruti's showrooms.
A diesel engine is expected too but at a later stage.