The Celerio diesel has commenced production at Maruti’s Manesar facility and will be launched in the last week of April.
Maruti Suzuki had a runaway success when the Celerio went on sale last year in the country and the automaker was quick to decide that a diesel heart will only make things better. As these images suggest, Maruti has commenced production of the Celerio diesel hatchback with production-ready models parked at the automaker’s Manesar facility set to be shipped to dealers while the launch is said to be scheduled during the last week of April.
As seen in the images, the Celerio diesel variants carry the ‘DDiS’ badging on the front fenders hinting of the new diesel heart under the hood. With no exterior upgrades, the Marui Celerio diesel will be powered by a newly developed 0.8-litre two-cylinder engine that is expected to produce around 42-48 HP of power and 130-140 Nm of torque, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine is said to be an extremely frugal unit and will be returning a class-leading fuel efficiency figure of 30.1 km/l, making the Celerio India’s most fuel efficient vehicle.
It still needs to be seen if Maruti will offer the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) unit that is currently available on the Celerio petrol, on the diesel variant as well. If the company does so, the Celerio will be the most affordable diesel automatic in the country. While details are scarce, we do know that the Celerio diesel will be offered with all the bells and whistles including dual front airbags, ABS, steering mounted controls, audio system, alloy wheels and will be available in three variants – LDi, VDi, ZDi. The diesel versions will be marginally more expensive than the petrol variants. Maruti also offers the Celerio in CNG version that was launched last year priced at Rs. 3.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Source – Gaadiwaadi.com