Maruti Celerio X will likely be priced 25k over standard variant; to take on Renault Kwid Climber with an upgraded exterior
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross based on the well-received small Celerio hatchback hit the floor at the Auto Expo 2016 in Greater Noida and it also made its European debut the same year in Geneva as Celerio X with more cosmetic changes. The hatchback-derived crossover segment has gained popularity in recent times with Hyundai i20 Active, Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross have warmly been accepted by the burgeoning band of Indian buyers who seek a practical hatchback with added space but the Celerio X will be positioned below them.
At the 13th edition of the Indian Auto Expo, it was one of the three cross concepts showcased as the other two were Chevrolet Beat Activ and Tata Zica (now Tiago) Aktiv. Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross could spark a genuine threat as it springs up a new affordable segment in the crossover space. The Celerio has been recognised for catering an affordable automatic transmission to the first-time buyer’s segment and it could follow a similar strategy with the Celerio X.
With the probability of Tiago Aktiv and Ford Figo Cross arriving at a later time is high, the Celerio X will now have to make do with the rivalry from Mahindra KUV100 and possibly Renault Kwid and standard Tata Tiago. Its looks will inspire it to rival the Kwid Climber variant. Here is everything you need to know about the Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross or Celerio X:
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross Aka Celerio X India Launch
|Maruti Celerio Cross or Celerio X India Launch||Mid-October|
The upcoming new version Maruti Celerio had been rendered by our artist already and it was spot on. It has been spied by us now exclusively in a dealer yard as the new cross hatch from India’s leading car manufacturer has been badged the Celerio X. First showed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in accessorised form, the Celerio Cross will make its way into the Indian market in the second week of October and the bookings have already begun.
|Maruti Celerio Cross or Celerio X||Rs. 5.4-5.8 lakh|
Currently, the hatchback version of the Celerio is priced between Rs. 4.03 lakh and Rs. 5.24 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Cross or X, however, could demand a price of around Rs. 5.4-5.8 lakh in its manual and AMT guises. It won’t be offered in the base LXi trim and have a CNG version.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross Aka Celerio X Engine Specifications
|Engine||998 cc three-cylinder inline petrol|
|Power||67 bhp at 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||90 Nm at 3,500 rpm|
|Transmission||Five-Speed Manual and Five-Speed AMT|
The powertrain line-up remains identical as the Celerio hatchback with a 998 cc petrol motor develops 67 bhp of maximum power output at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine will be mated to a five-speed manual as standard while customers can opt for a five-speed AMT as well.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross Aka Celerio X Dimension
|Fuel Tank Capacity||35 litres|
While the width of the Celerio X will be as similar to the standard hatchback, expect minor changes in other proportions. An added advantage will likely be increased cabin space and more boot capacity.
|Maruti Celerio X Ground Clearance||180 mm|
We predict the Maruti Celerio X version to have increased ground clearance of around 15-20 mm. Therefore, it will likely be rated at 180 mm.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross Aka Celerio X Bootspace
|Maruti Celerio X Bootspace||270 litres|
Changes in trunk capacity may result in it being measured at 270 litres as opposed to the regular hatchback’s 235 litres.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross Aka Celerio X Mileage
|Maruti Celerio X Mileage||23 kmpl|
We can safely assume that the fuel economy of the Celerio X will be in and around 23 kmpl for both manual and AMT versions of the petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross Aka Celerio X Exterior
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X features a pretty muscular appearance due to the slightly wider front fascia with honeycomb grille and sports a sculpted front bumper, black painted Outside Rear View Mirrors with turn indicators, sporty body kit, black body cladding on the side skirts and all around, rear-mounted roof spoiler, newly designed multi-spoke alloy wheels, etc.
It will offer driver airbag and co-passenger airbag as standard along with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution). The black alloy wheels are expected to have dual six spokes while the black body kit, side body mouldings, roof rails, plastic rear underbody protection and wheel arch extensions to elevate the overall appeal of the model.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross Aka Celerio X Interior and Features
The interiors could have an all-black colour scheme with contrast red stitching on the seats and steering wheel. To differentiate the crossover from the hatchback, the inevitable mechanical modification made is a raised suspension for more ground clearance. It may stick with the beige and black upholstery from the top-spec Celerio otherwise and will have other features like Bluetooth enabled music system and electric ORVMs.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cross Aka Celerio X Key Rivals
The new crossover version of the Celerio hatchback will compete mainly against the KUV100 while it will also seek the market share of Datsun Go Cross as well. Since the Celerio X will be positioned lower than the Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross and VW Polo Cross, it could create a niche of its own when it goes on sale. It will see competition from Tata Tiago Aktiv and the Ford Figo Cross in the future as Chevy Beat Cross won’t make the cut.
Image Gallery – Maruti Suzuki Celerio X
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