Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker is reportedly gearing up to launch a new version of its popular Celerio, Celerio CNG in the country next month.
The Celerio, Maruti's radical offering in the country has been an unparalleled success since its launch and now a latest report of MotorBeam indicates that the makers of Celerio is working on the CNG version for India. The report also added that the CNG Celerio will reach the domestic market in June and will come with 1.0 liter K series petrol engine which can churn out a power of 59 PS of power on CNG mode. The new variant of Celerio will be available only in manual variant and the engine will come mated to a 5 speed manual transmission promising a fuel efficiency of 31.79 km/kg.
The Celerio CNG will come only on the VXi variant and is likely to be priced ₹4.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new model will be monikered Celerio Green VXi, according to the report.
Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, Celerio is the first car in India to come with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The car has been earning tremendous response from the auto lovers in the country, giving it a waiting period of upto eight months.
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 and claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kilometers for both versions.
Beside CNG variant, a diesel version of Celerio is also expected in the coming months. An earlier report had suggested that Maruti is working on a diesel engine for its commercial vehicles and the engine will be first tested in Maruti's upcoming LCV, codenamed Y9T. The LCV launch will be followed by the diesel Celerio in this fiscal year.