Riding high on the success of Celerio in India, Maruti, the country's largest car maker has launched a new CNG variant of Celerio.
Dubbed Celerio Green, the new CNG Celerio is attractively priced at ₹4.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Under the hood, the new Celerio model packs 1.0 liter K series petrol engine, which is re-tuned to churn out 68 ps of power at 6000rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3500rpm in petrol mode and 59 ps of power and 78 Nm of torque in CNG mode. The engine comes mated to five-speed manual transmission, promising a fuel economy of 31.79km/kg and is available only in Vxi trim.
Celerio Green comes equipped with famous iGPI technology (intelligent Gas Port Injection) to ensure high performance and smooth driving with petrol variants. Maruti Alto 800, Wagon R, Ertiga, SX4 and Eeco are the other vehicles of the company to have the CNG portfolio with iGPI tech.
"Brand Celerio has received overwhelming response from the market. The idea of introducing a bi-fuel CNG variant was to strengthen the brand and offer more fuel choices to the customer. We are confident that factory fitted iGPI technology on the Celerio Green will bring all the benefits to customers such as smooth drive and hassle-free maintenance and help us in expanding the Celerio brand," said Manohar Bhat, Vice President (Marketing).
Celerio Green will be offered in seven colours - Sunshine Ray, Cerulean Blue, Cave Black, Blazing Red, Pearl Arctic White, Glistening Grey and Silky Silver in the country.
First unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, Celerio is the first car in India to come with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Under the hood, Celerio packs a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm. It is offered in six variants in India - two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission.
Celerio, which was originally launched at a starting price of ₹3.90 lakh, is now available at ₹3.76 lakh. The company revised the pricing of its recently launched hatchback Celerio in India, after the announcement of a reduction in excise duty by finance minister P Chidambaram.
The car has been a phenomenal success in the country since its launch and the Celerio continues to get overwhelming response from the auto lovers across India. There are rumours that the Maruti is working on a diesel version of Celerio and it is being said that the company will also launch an LPG variant of the vehicle. If reports are to be believed, Celerio will also get a diesel version soon in the country.
CNG Mode - Petrol mode
Power @ 6000rpm 59 ps 68 ps
Torque @ 3500rpm 78 Mn 90 Nm