Maruti sticks to script with the good and wise second-gen Celerio.
The second-gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio is India’s most fuel-efficient petrol automotive. That one line introduction ought to stick in these instances of low consideration spans and excessive gasoline costs. Now that you simply’re , right here’s extra on the newest Celerio. It’s new outdoors in addition to inside, it’s constructed on a brand new platform and likewise comes powered by a brand new engine. As earlier than, there’s handbook and AMT choices (the unique debuted transmission kind in India), with costs for the midsized hatchback starting from Rs 4.99 lakh-6.94 lakh (ex-showroom India).
What’s it like on the surface?
First issues first. There’s no visible hyperlink between Celerios previous and new. Whereas the unique was common in appears, the brand new one is extra cheerful. It sports activities a rounded form that truly appears higher within the steel than it does in photos. It’s not a classically good-looking automotive, however the brand new Celerio certain has extra presence than the previous one. The marginally bigger dimensions (it is 55mm wider) assist to this finish too.
Curved and swept-back headlamps and an oval grille that’s bisected by a chrome bar give the Celerio a cutesy face, whereas the black plastic encompass for the fog lamps and air dam add some sportiness to the look. On the sides, you’ll be aware pretty thick A- and C-pillars, a traditional glasshouse and tender contours on the doorways and wheel arches. Prime-spec fashions trip on 15-inch alloy wheels and so they certain do their half to assist the stance.
Sadly, the previous mannequin’s premium pull kind door handles have made means for inferior carry kind ones. And whereas the brand new Celerio has gained keyless entry, the place of the request sensor on the door makes it appear like an afterthought. There’s a pleasant circulate from the shoulder to the tail lights, with the Celerio’s rear persevering with the curvaceous theme.
Beneath the pores and skin, the Celerio has a lot in frequent with the newest of Maruti’s hatchbacks. It’s constructed on Suzuki’s Heartect platform and sticks to conference with its entrance MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension association.
What’s it like on the within?
Like the outside, there’s extra flavour to the brand new Celerio’s inside too. The winged look to the dashboard is kind of fashionable, the 7-inch touchscreen will get due prominence and the half digital devices from the Wagon R additionally add to the looks inside. The cabin certain appears a bit extra upmarket than the previous automotive’s. It’s sensible, too, with door pockets and cupholders up entrance, and a big recess on the centre console to maintain your telephone and pockets. Really feel your means round although and also you’ll discover that high quality hasn’t taken a lot of a leap. Positive, there’s a pleasant textured end on the sprint high, however arduous plastics make up a lot of the cabin.
The Celerio isn’t a tall automotive, however getting out and in is kind of simple. Drivers can even respect the inclusion of peak alter for his or her seats. As on the sooner Celerio, the entrance seats characteristic single piece backrests with built-in headrests and rating nicely sufficient on consolation. Frontal visibility is sweet, however the comparatively thick A-pillars did have us peer round it at crossroads. What additionally takes getting used to is the place of the window and door switches. The door lock/unlock and entrance energy window controls are positioned on the centre console moderately than on the doorways. Passengers on the again can even have to achieve out to the rear window controls that sit between the entrance seats.
Rear seat consolation is sweet however not nice. The massive home windows present an honest view out, there’s ample kneeroom even for taller occupants, and the seat is nicely cushioned too. Bother is, the seat’s built-in mounted headrests are simply too small to supply any actual head (and whiplash) assist to taller passengers, and their low and angled place additionally makes them uncomfortable. Sitting three abreast can also be a squeeze.
The place the Celerio has taken an enormous step up is in baggage area. The 313-litre boot can maintain two giant suitcases and two cabin baggage with ease, and must you want more room, there’s the choice to fold the 60:40 cut up rear seat backrest as nicely. You’ll need to load your baggage with care because the lip is excessive and never all that extensive.
What options does it get?
The Celerio is on supply in 4 trims, particularly LXI, VXI, ZXI and ZXI+. Featured right here is the top-spec ZXI+ that packs in fairly just a few options. There’s keyless entry, push button begin, driver seat peak alter, electrically adjustable mirrors, steering-mounted audio controls and entrance and rear energy home windows. Infotainment duties are dealt with by Maruti’s Smartplay unit that contains a 7-inch touchscreen. The display is sweet sufficient to make use of and does nicely to supply Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. What’s lacking, nevertheless, is a reverse digicam that might have helped higher justify the mannequin’s comparatively excessive value. And whereas auto local weather management just isn’t on the options checklist, we did discover the air conditioner to do a very good job of cooling the cabin.
When it comes to security gear, as normal, the Celerio will get twin entrance airbags, ABS, entrance seatbelt reminders and rear parking sensors, whereas hill begin help is a part of the bundle on AMT variations. Greater spec fashions add in a rear wiper and defogger. On the topic, whereas the Celerio complies with newest Indian security norms, it’s not been put to the take a look at by World NCAP as but.
What’s it wish to drive?
Powered by a brand new engine and constructed on a brand new platform, you’d anticipate the Celerio to be very totally different to drive, proper? However the factor is, it isn’t. And that’s not essentially a nasty factor, as a result of the unique was a pleasant automotive to drive.
The Celerio debuts Suzuki’s Okay10C Dualjet engine in India. The acquainted Okay10 within the identify tells you it’s a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre unit, whereas the brand new Dualjet signifies the usage of two injectors per cylinder. With an injector for every consumption port, gasoline and air mixing is significantly better, resulting in increased effectivity. Idle begin/cease is normal match, too, and helps to the tip of maximising economic system. Essentially the most environment friendly of the Celerios, the VXI AMT, has been rated with an economic system determine of 26.68kpl. The ZXI MT with us boasts of a determine of 24.97kpl. The distinction in figures is probably going as a consequence of totally different tyre sizes and weights. When it comes to energy and torque, the brand new engine’s 67hp and 89Nm unit is definitely 1hp and 1Nm down on the previous Celerio’s unit.
The engine may not be large on energy however may be very likeable in the way it delivers it. There’s a clear construct of energy from low within the rev band and, whereas not peppy just like the larger-hearted Swift, efficiency on the town is definitely fairly good. There are not any flat spots or hiccups within the supply and you’ll just like the smoothness with which the Celerio goes about city. What additionally works rather well is the idle begin/cease. At lengthy sufficient halts, the system switches the engine off. Miserable the clutch brings the unit again to life. The system is fast to reply and doesn’t go away you second guessing like comparable items on another automobiles. Bother is, with the engine off, the air-con additionally shuts off, leaving solely the blower on; not ideally suited on a sizzling day. You do have the choice to modify idle begin/cease intervention off through a button.
The Celerio will fortunately preserve tempo with metropolis visitors and will get to freeway speeds with ease too, although on the open highway you’ll have to plan overtakings. For its half, the five-speed handbook gearbox that comes allied to a lightweight clutch doesn’t name for a lot effort.
The Celerio AMT can also be a moderately good proposition for many who don’t need the trouble of shifting gears in any respect. Gearshifts are, for essentially the most half, well timed and the AMT-typical head nod or pause between shifts is nicely contained too. It’s nonetheless not as easy as a torque converter or CVT automated, however the AMT certain has come a good distance because the first of the sort on the unique Celerio. You’ll be able to take handbook management through the snazzy gear lever too. The system responds nicely sufficient to handbook inputs although, once more, it’s finest to undertake an easy-going driving model.
In case your driving might be primarily in low pace metropolis settings, you’ll take to the Celerio’s pleasant manners. It’s bought a small turning radius, it’s simple to park and the suspension additionally does a very good job of absorbing the bumps. At increased speeds too, the Celerio feels fairly surefooted although the suspension does crash by way of on potholes. Dealing with isn’t thrilling, however the automotive feels composed and that’s simply as nicely.
What stays a criticism is the lifeless steering. Positive, it’s simple to twirl, however it doesn’t self centre adequately, so that you at all times need to preserve a agency hand on the wheel.
Must you purchase one?
Priced between Rs 4.99 lakh- 6.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Celerio goes up in opposition to the Tata Tiago, Hyundai Santro and Datsun Go. Whereas the mid-spec variations that make the majority of gross sales rating nicely on worth, the range-topping variations come throughout a contact expensive for what they provide. And it doesn’t assist that the Wagon R with a bigger and extra highly effective 1.2-litre engine prices much less.
The brand new Celerio may not be a revolutionary product in any means, however there’s no denying that it presents most of what typical city patrons need. It’s simple to drive and spacious, and that tag of India’s most gasoline environment friendly automotive is bound to be a pull in its personal proper.
It’s not the automotive that can pull at your heartstrings, however, just like the previous mannequin, stays a level-headed selection of metropolis automotive.