After launching the CNG version of phenomenal Celerio in India, Maruti Suzuki, country's largest car maker looks like gearing up for the launch of diesel version of the model.
Celerio diesel has been in the rumour books for quite sometimes now. The latest is the spied pictures of diesel Celerio which was seen testing outside the Maruti Suzuki's plant in Gurgaon. Thanks to the folks at Gaadi waadi.
The diesel Celerio is likely to be powered by 800 cc diesel engine which would produce a power of 35 bhp and a fuel economy of 25 kmpl. As of now, the details of the upcoming diesel Celerio are scanty.
However, it was reported earlier 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.
Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, Celerio is the first car in India to come with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Celerio, which was originally launched at a starting price of ₹3.90 lakh, is now available at ₹3.76 lakh. Currently, Maruti sells Celerio with 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 the country - two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission - and claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kilometers for both versions.
Recently, Maruti also launched CNG Celerio Dubbed Celerio Green for ₹4.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Under the hood, the new Celerio CNG packs the same 1.0 liter K series petrol engine, which is re-tuned to churn out 68 ps of power at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm 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 and is available only in Vxi trim. The car claims a fuel economy of 31.79km/kg and comes in seven colours - Sunshine Ray, Cerulean Blue, Cave Black, Blazing Red, Pearl Arctic White, Glistening Grey and Silky Silver in the country.
Beside diesel, Maruti is also expected to launch LPG variant of Celerio in the domestic market in coming months.