Maruti Suzuki's radical offering Celerio is all set to get a diesel model in the country. A fresh batch of spy shots of Celerio diesel, which appears to be the production ready models, has hit the web space.
Celerio diesel version has been in news for quite some time now and the car was also spotted on test on Indian roads a number of times. But this is the first time Celerio has been spotted with a diesel badge, revealing that the car is nearing reality. In the new set of Celerio images posted by CarDekho, the car is seen without camouflage and is also seen wearing ZDi (diesel) badge. The images is believed to have been captured in Japan, where the car is undergoing tests now.
Although Maruti is yet to make any announcement on the imminent arrival of the Celerio diesel in the Indian market, the fresh spy shots tell us that the car has entered production. Going by the version of the original publisher of the Celerio diesel images, Maruti has sent few diesel models of the car to Japan for final testing and the diesel Celerio will reach Indian market in about three months time.
Maruti's diesel Celerio will be getting power from the company's indigenously developed 2 pot 800cc diesel motor, which would also make its way to the company's first LCV codenamed Y9T. From what we have heard so far, Celerio diesel will be capable of generating 45-50 bhp power and peak 120-130 Nm torque. As far as the fuel efficiency of the car is concerned, word around the web is that new Celerio model will promise a return of 30 kmpl.
In terms of styling and design, the company will maintain the same body kit of the current Celerio, except the minor tweaks in the suspension. The diesel Celerio is likely to be offered in four trim levels- LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi (O) and if reports are to be believed, Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) diesel is also in the offing.
Once it hits the market, Celerio diesel will take on the likes of Chevrolet Beat and the Ford Figo in India and is likely to get a price tag around ₹4.6 lakh.