Maruti’s Celerio diesel has been the talk of the town right since the petrol edition was released during the Auto Expo in February this year. Not because of anything else but the possibility of it becoming the first Maruti’s diesel car with indegeniously built smallest diesel engine (on passenger cars).
We have been constantly revealing new details about the project and the last time we had talked about its power figures which, according to our sources, stand at around 38PS (read here). The next we have learnt are the mileage figures.
India has a favorite question while buying any car or motorcycle, ‘kitna deti hai’, and Maruti has always been known to make friendly fuel efficient cars. The petrol Celerio returns an incredible mileage of 23.1kmpl (ARAI figure) and the recently launched Celerio CNG returns 31.79km/kg.
And the Celerio diesel will follow suit with fuel efficiency figures hovering around 27kmpl. Let us also clarify that we are not sure if these are the on-road Maruti tested figures or ARAI rated.
The tiny 800cc two cylinder engine would be tuned for in-city driving. It will overtake Honda City as the most fuel efficient car in the country at 26kmpl and its brethren Amaze which returns 25.8kmpl. The Chevrolet Beat diesel (which the Celerio diesel will be competing with) churns out 25.4kmpl from its 1.0L engine and is the most fuel efficient hatchback in the country. (all ARAI figures)
Now, according to what we know, the new 800cc engine is still far from hitting the road and is reportedly being worked upon for its Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels. Maruti Suzuki is about to or is already testing the engine on the streets. So if any of you readers see a celerio mule, it has to be the diesel under tests. Launch is expected sometime early next year.