Maruti Suzuki’s Celerio broke covers at the Delhi Auto Expo back in February but its European premiere was held only in March at the Geneva Auto Show, more than a month after the car was already on sale in India.
Suzuki then announced that they will sell the Celerio in Europe as a replacement of the A-star and would release it in the market by the second half of 2014. Built on the lines of the A-Wind concept, which was first showcased at the Bangkok Motor Show in 2013. As per a report on Auto Bild, the Europe bound Celerio will be exported from Suzuki’s assembly lines in Thailand.
The Celerio will first find its new home in Germany where it will be launched on November 24. The Japanese auto major is aiming to sell 4,000 units of the Celerio annually (only!). The new Celerio will compete against the Hyundai i10 and the cute little Volkswagen Up!
The company will be launching the Celerio with two engine options. The first being the familiar 1.0L K-10 petrol motor which produces 68PS of power, (with a rated fuel efficiency of 23.25 kmpl in India). It will also get a compact three cylinder Dualjet engine (as a part of an ECO + package) which will have a higher compression ratio and twin fuel injectors, trying to boost the car’s fuel efficiency to 27.7 kmpl!!! The car will also feature a start/stop system, which is not present on the Indian model.
While the European Celerio is exactly the same as the Indian version, its ground clearance is being reduced to make it more aerodynamically sound. The Celerio in Germany will have a starting price of 9,690 Euros (Rs 7.53 lakhs). Meanwhile, back in India, Maruti Suzuki is preparing a diesel engine for Celerio which will be launched sometime early next year.