The cat is finally out of the bag! The much-spied Maruti-Suzuki YL7 hatchback will be sold as the ‘Celerio’. It will be present at the Indian Auto Expo beginning next month. We now have some uncamouflaged spy shots of the upcoming Celerio, courtesy Motoroids.com.
The Maruti-Suzuki Celerio is headed to be the replacement for not only the poor-selling A-Star, but also the now-defunct Maruti-Suzuki Estilo. The first official public appearance of the Celerio is touted to be at the Indian Auto Expo next month. From the spyshots, we guess the car was in the process of being snapped for an advertising campaign.
The “YL7” will be Maruti-Suzuki’s global hatchback, and it will be known by the name of Celerio worldwide. Infact, the “Celerio” nametag is used for the A-Star model in certain countries like the Philippines.
Celerio will be powered by the tried-and-tested 1.0 liter K-Series engine that is used on the A-Star, WagonR as well as the Alto K10. The powerplant churns out a peak power of 67 bhp and a peak torque of 90 Nm. The claimed fuel-efficiency of the engine is 20.2 kmpl, and Maruti-Suzuki might tweak the engine a bit to wring out energy from the last drop of fuel. It could contribute to higher sales in a segment which is pinched hard by rising fuel prices.
Another luring bit about Celerio is the high possibility of a diesel engine. However, it will not come anytime soon and may make it on this tiny hatch sometime in 2015. The next question is which diesel engine?
We have carried out various reports on this and it is now known that Suzuki is preparing new lineup of indegenious diesel engines which include an 800cc twin-pot motor. This is the same engine that Suzuki’s first LCV (light commercial vehicle) will use in India.
And based on the response, it will graduate to passenger cars with Celerio appearing to be the prime-most candidate. A small diesel engine will give Celerio a more powerful shot in the arm. Though it should be kept in mind that diesel advantage over petrol in 2015 will also dictate terms here.
Though it isn’t clear, we feel it could be a bit higher than that of the WagonR. WagonR starts at Rs 3.6 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi for the base LX variant and hence, expect Celerio to be price slightly higher than this. Maruti intends to plug the gap created by A-Star and Estilo by only one car; this Celerio!
Do you feel Maruti-Suzuki Celerio can set straight the poor record of the under-performing siblings?