According to reports, it is speculated that Mauruti Suzuki India Ltd. is prepping the CNG version of its hugely popular Celerio hatchback that is expected to debut in the country by June 2014. Once launched, the Celerio will join the company’s CNG range of cars, which comprises of the Alto 800, Wagon R, Eeco and the Ertiga MPV.
It is understood that the CNG version will only be offered in the VXi variant of the Celerio hatchback, which has been dubbed as the Celerio Green VXi. The CNG unit will work in tandem with the current 1.0-litre petrol engine, which has been de-tuned to put out 59PS of max power and comes mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission. The Indian automaker is known to use the i-GPI (Intelligent-Gas Port Injection) technology that injects the CNG gas into the combustion chamber of the engine when running on the dual mode.
The company has also made certain amendments to the Celerio’s suspension to counter the added weight of the CNG gas cylinder. The Celerio Green is said to deliver an efficiency of 31.79 km/kg, while the running costs of the car is said to be a low Rs 1.20 per kilometre. With those numbers, the Celerio hatchback will unarguably, become an even more value-for-money proposition in the Indian market.
There is no official word yet, but it is said that the Maruti Suzuki Celerio Green could be priced in India at Rs 4.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai.)