Next-gen Maruti Celerio is under development and as of now, it's draped in heavy camouflage. Recently, a prototype of the upcoming Tata Tiago-rival was spotted on test. Take a look at the spy shots here.
The Maruti Celerio is one of the more underrated cars that are on sale in the country. It comes at an affordable price tag with a spacious interior and frugal engine. Also, one can opt for a factory-fitted CNG kit. Frankly, it even looks better than the latest WagonR. However, the Celerio has been on sale in the Indian market for around six years now, since its introduction in 2014.
Hence, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd is developing the new-gen Celerio, and its prototype was recently spotted on-test by our reader friend – Vipul Chaudhary. It can be seen in the pictures that the prototype is heavily covered, but it is managing to shed some design cues. In comparison to the outgoing model, the new-gen Celerio looks wider and boasts of more curves as well.
Moreover, it now misses out on the upright stance for a proportionate silhouette. The front fender gets a small turn indicator, thereby confirming that the new-gen Celerio will not get ORVM-mounted turn indicators. This also signifies that the Celerio in its next-generation avatar will continue to be an affordable yet spacious hatchback. It gets lift-to-open type door handles. The test mule is seen riding on a set of steel rims. However, the top-spec trim is likely to come with a set of alloy wheels.
Talking of the powertrain, the Celerio comes with a 1.0L 3-pot NA petrol motor that is good enough to put out a peak power output of 68 PS and max torque of 90 Nm. This same engine is expected to duties on the next-gen model with two gearbox options – 5-speed MT and 5-speed AMT.
There are chances that Maruti will offer the next-gen Celerio with the 1.2L 4-cylinder petrol motor that is seen on the WagonR and Swift. It boasts of a peak power and torque output of 83 PS and 113 Nm, respectively. Although, it is the smaller 1.0L petrol engine that will come with the option of CNG as fuel. The next-gen Celerio is expected to go on sale by early next year at a starting price of around Rs. 4.5 lakh. Once launched, it will continue to rival the likes of Tata Tiago, Hyundai Santro and more.