Maruti Celerio LXI AT Optional is a mid range variant in this newly launched model series. It comes with very minimal revisions to its safety features. A highlight of this new car is the ABS system, which ingrains stability into the drive. Safety is also ordained with a driver's seatbelt warning, a key off/on reminder and a headlamp on reminder. The slender body lines by the side accentuate the sporty character of the vehicle, along with the neat window frames. The car is offered in a range of attractive colour schemes, ranging from blazing red and cerulean blue to silky silver. This makes for a more personalised touch for the benefit of the customers. The interior design exudes an aura of style and comfort. A ticket holder is present by the sunvisor, and 3 position cabin lighting ensures that gloomy times do not hamper the joy of the drive. An information display integrated cluster instrument cluster adds to the sophisticated feel of the interior. Wired into this are fuel consumption readings and a 12V power socket, which enables charging within the car. Coming to the raw side of the vehicle, it is armed with a K10B engine, which makes for strong speed characteristics. It delivers a mileage of 23.1kmpl, which is a mark among vehicles of its class.
The vehicle exerts a sporty charisma by virtue of its low height and graceful body tone. It has been further underscored with the addition of fine themes and a variety of colour packages. Starting with the front, the attractive grille is given a bright material treatment for a more exalting effect. On either side, the sleek headlamp clusters have been incorporated with all necessary lighting units for the surest visibility. The front bumper is body coloured, bringing unity in the outer design. A wide air intake section at the bottom works to keep the engine cool, and adds to the look of the front. The hood is glazed with two swiping lines, which render a more energetic aura to the front. Coming to the side, the neatly designed wheel rims and the gentle fenders are attractive elements as well. The 'CICO' styling by the body further underlines the trendy persona of the vehicle, and it brings to light a more modern tone for the vehicle. At the rear, the emblem of the company is adorned by the centre of the tailgate, making a distinct impression for the model.
The limited space has been treated with the best of comfort and utility aspects, ensuring that the occupants are given the finest experience. The seats are built on strong ergonomic design, ensuring the least discomfort for the passengers. Fine clothing has been wrapped over the seating as well, adding a plush element to the experience. Integrated headrests are present at the front and the rear, blending comfort with safety for the benefit of the occupants. A floor carpet is also present for the best convenience measure, and this is further enhanced with the presence of 5 drink holders and 3 assist grips as well. The front panel has been given a unique and more pleasant treatment with the numerous different materials. The driver benefits from a 3 spoke Urethane steering wheel which strengthens the look of the cabin.
Engine and Performance:
Powering the vehicle is a 1.0-litre K-series petrol engine, which has been formatted to meet the BS4 emission norms. With a displacement capacity of 998cc, the engine consists of 3 cylinders and 4 valves within each cylinder. The plant brings out a power of 67bhp at 6000rpm, together with a torque of 90Nm at 3500rpm. For this variant, there is a 5 speed automatic transmission that renews the drive experience and eliminates hassle for the driver.
Braking and Handling:
For the front arm of the suspension, McPherson strut has been integrated, while a coupled Torsion beam axle has been armed onto the rear. For both of the axles, coil springs have also been mounted for a more efficient drive with minimal strains. Coming to the braking system, there are ventilated discs rigged onto the front and drums on the rear, which work together to ensure a smooth and hassle free braking. The electronic power steering system also strengthens the handling quality, ensuring minimal hassle for the driver.
A manual air conditioning system, together with a heater, ensures that that a pleasant atmosphere permeates the cabin space always. In addition to this, there is also a fuel lid opener, pivot type outside mirrors, and a power steering system which augments comfort for the driver. For this variant, there is an exclusive tachometer, which makes the driver's job easier. Going along with this, there is a low fuel warning lamp, a door ajar warning lamp, and a gear position indicator. A glove box is present along with a lid, ensuring that the needs of the occupants are taken care of. A black dial type climate control facility is also a noteworthy aspect within the car.
A new feature for this variant is the anti lock braking system, which programs a safe and stable drive without skidding and locking. Airbags for both front occupants ensure that a mishap is not met with critical injuries. Dual front airbags are new feature for this new variant. For the rear occupants, there are 2 point centre seatbelts, which affirm security when driving. Headlight levelling facility has been incorporated onto the headlamps, giving an added element of safety when driving. Also present are a high mounted stop lamp, child proof rear door locks, front wipers with intermittent functioning, The immobiliser ensures that the security of the vehicle is also taken into account.
1. Improved safety features.
2. Well crafted exterior design.
1. This variant suffers from a lack of comfort features within.
2. Engine performance is not up to the mark.