Maruti Celerio is one of the most popular AMT-gearbox cars in India due to its attractive prices. The current one has been around for 7 years now, and is due for a replacement
The next generation for the Maruti Celerio is expected to launch before the end of this financial year. Development mules have been spotted intermittently over the last year, and it's clear that the new model will come with a completely new design, inside and out. The current Celerio was first launched in 2014 and was one of the cheapest cars in Maruti’s portfolio, and one of the cheapest all round that came with an AMT. Today we have some exclusive spy shots of a new-gen Celerio test mule.
In the spy shots, which you can see here in this article, the new Maruti Celerio comes with a new body shape that is different from the current one’s tallboy-ish design. The new model seems to have taken its elder sibling, the Baleno’s design as an inspiration, and we can see the similarities in the more-rounded look of this test mule. The front now gets a redesigned bumper and headlamps which look to be halogen units instead of LEDs or projectors to keep costs down.
Over to the side, the alloy wheels look quite stylish, though the lower models will come without wheel covers. On the rear, it now gets bigger taillights and a redesigned handle for the boot. The test mule in the pictures also comes with a rear washer/wiper, which should come as standard in the higher variants. You will notice that the new C-pillar is now more inclined and lower compared to the upright ones in the current model.
Moving to the interior, the new Maruti Celerio has borrowed the current-generations Wagon R’s SmartPlay Studio infotainment system that comes with integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The steering wheel is from the Ignis and should come with audio controls on the higher variants. The AC vents now get a vertical design to free up space on the dashboard. Also, a quick look at the interior reveals fixed headrests. Other highlights include a 12V charging socket, two cupholders, and a tray to keep your mobile or wallet while the instrument cluster now may be a semi-digital unit.
The all-new Maruti Celerio will be powered by a 1-litre three-pot petrol engine which makes peak power and torque figures of 67 PS/90 Nm respectively. Maruti may also launch a 1.2-litre engine variant for the higher variants. It churns out 81 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. Both engines will be paired with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. Upon launch, prices for the new Maruti Celerio should start around Rs 4.5 lakh, ex-showroom.