Maruti Suzuki has discontinued the sales of Celerio diesel in the Indian market, reveals sources. The company website currently displays only the prices of petrol variants of Celerio. However, Maruti is yet to make an official announcement regarding the same. The diesel version of Celerio was introduced in 2015 with the company's first ever self-developed 800cc twin-cylinder turbocharged engine. But, it could not carry forward the success of petrol model and several complaints were made regarding the cabin noise.
Maruti Celerio petrol contributes to a decent chunk of company's sales, especially the AMT variant which gets high numbers. However, the diesel variants, owing to the lack of refinement and poorly insulated cabin, never made a place in the heart of Indian buyers. In addition, the diesel price hike further made the matter worst. As one can notice in the recent few years, the price gap between petrol and diesel has narrowed down upto a great extent. Despite offering a class-leading mileage of 27.60kmpl (ARAI Certified) and coming with heavy discounts, the Celero diesel never really took off. The Maruti Celerio diesel engine did not gain reputation among the buyers and it practically turned out to be a 'dud' among the Indian buyers.
So, now, with the ousting of Celerio diesel, the Swift is the most affordable diesel product in Maruti's portfolio with an introductory price of Rs. 5.97 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi). It comes loaded with the Fiat-sourced tried and trusted 1.3L 4-cylinder DDiS engine which develops 74bhp of top power and 190Nm of peak torque, enroute a 5-speed manual transmission. Talking about the Celerio's 0.8L 2-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, it churned out 49bhp at 6000rpm and 90Nm at 3500rpm. It was linked to a 5-speed manual unit as standard, while an AMT gearbox was available as optional. Maruti Celerio price of diesel variant was in a range of Rs. 4.65-5.71 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi).