While, the biggest automotive convention in India - the 2014 Delhi Motor Show or 2014 Auto Expo - commenced yesterday with over a dozen of new launches, unveilings and presentations, the grand daddy of it all waited for the initially buzz and madness to cool down at the India Expo Mart in New Delhi.
And by grand daddy, we mean India’s biggest and most trusted automotive brand, Maruti Suzuki - who seem to have special powers to deliver one blockbuster product after another. The latest one being the all-new 2014 Maruti Suzuki Celerio hatchback that just has just made its official debut in the Indian market with prices starting from Rs 3.90 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
The highlight of the Celerio hatchback in unarguable, its newest Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which in layman’s speak is a combination of an automatic gearbox and manual gearbox. Set to replace the Maruti Suzuki Zen Estillo and the A-Star in the global market, the Celerio hatchback has been modelled on the A:Wind Concept that was first seen at the Thailand Motor Expo back in November last year.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio will be offered in a total of six trim levels: Lxi MT, Lxi AMT, VXi MT, VXi AMT, ZXi MT and ZXi MT Option. The Celerio Petrol variants are being powered by a 1.0-litre K10 engine, which is rated at 67PS and 89Nm of peak torque. ARAI tested mileage is 23.1 kmpl. The engine will come mated to either a 5-Speed manual transmission or the new clutch less Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel variants are expected to launch at a later stage.
Give below is the list of the variants and the corresponding prices of the 2014 Maruti Suzuki Celerio:
Maruti Suzuki Celerio LXi - Rs 3.90 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio LXi AMT - Rs 4.29 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio VXi - Rs 4.20 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio VXi AMT - Rs 4.59 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio ZXi - Rs 4.50 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (O) - Rs 4.96 lakh
(All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi).