Maruti Celerio ZDi is one the top end variant in its model line up, which is equipped with almost all features that are necessary for a comfortable and safe driving experience. This newly launched version is designed with the same outer appearance as well as interior features, which are available in top end petrol trim. In terms of technical specifications, it is fitted with a 0.8-litre diesel power plant under the bonnet, which comes with a displacement capacity of 793cc. this engine is integrated with two cylinders and coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which allows the vehicle to deliver a decent fuel economy and power packed performance. It has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 47bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 125Nm, which is rather good for Indian road and traffic conditions. The braking and suspension mechanism of this small car are quite proficient and keeps it well balanced at all times. At the same time, this is an ideal hatch for all individuals, who look to own a budget friendly car that comes equipped with lots of comfort features. Not only this, because of its compact size, it is perfect for maneuvering on the city roads. The company is selling this vehicle in quite a few sparkling exterior paint options, which are Glistening Grey, Cave Black, Sunshine Ray, Blazing Red, Cerulean Blue, Pearl Arctic White and a Silky Silver metallic finish to select from.
Starting with the side profile, it is nicely designed with body colored door handles and a couple of expressive lines that gives it an elegant look. The external rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable for added comfort. It's flared up wheel arches are fitted with a modish set of 14-inch alloy wheels, which are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 165/70 R14 that offers a superior grip on any road conditions. The body colored external rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn indicator. While its front facade comes with a bold radiator grille that has a couple of chrome plated slats. It is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is surrounded by a well crafted headlight cluster, which is powered by bright halogen lamps and side turn indicator. The body colored bumper has a wide air intake section and it is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps that adds to the visibility of the driver. It has a pretty wide windscreen, which is made of green tinted glass and is accompanied by a set of wipers with intermittent setting. Its rear end is designed with body colored bumper with bright reflectors and a radiant tail light cluster, which is powered by halogen based reverse light and turn indicators. Its windscreen is integrated with a defogger and wiper. It is accompanied by a sporty rear spoiler, which is integrated with a centrally located high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient.
The company has given this compact hatchback a roomy cabin space, which provides ample leg and shoulder space for all occupants. Its seating arrangement is also comfortable and all seats are integrated with head restraints for added comfort. Its rear seat comes with split foldable function that helps in increasing the boot volume of car. It comes fitted with a sleek dashboard that has a two layer design that brings a futuristic look to the insides. This is equipped with features like AC vents, a large glove box for keeping a few things at hand, an advanced instrument panel with several functions and a three spoke steering wheel, which is mounted with a lot of control buttons and company insignia in the center. The instrument panel is equipped with several functions like a low fuel warning light, digital clock, driver seat belt reminder notification, key in reminder with buzzer, individual door open display and many other warning and notifications for keeping the driver updated.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is powered by a 0.8-litre, DDiS diesel power plant, which comes with a displacement capacity of 793cc. It comprises of two cylinders and eight valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This diesel motor has the ability of churning out a maximum power output of 47bhp at 3500rpm that results in generating a peak torque of 125Nm at just 2000rpm. It is incorporated with an advanced fuel injection supply system, which enables the vehicle to produce a peak mileage of about 27.6 Kmpl on the highways, which is quite impressive for this segment. While within the city limits it gives out 23.5 Kmpl approximately. With the help of a five speed manual transmission gear box, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 15-16 seconds from a standstill. At the same time, it has the ability of attaining a top speed of about 140 Kmph, which is quite decent for this class.
Braking and Handling:
Its front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while rear ones have been fixed with drum brakes. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, whereas the rear axle is affixed with a coupled torsion beam type of mechanism. Both these axles are further assisted by coil springs, which gives a comfortable driving experience. The cabin is incorporated with a power assisted steering wheel, which is quite responsive. It comes with tilt adjustable function, which makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 4.7 meters, which is quite good for this class.
The company has given this variant an efficient air conditioning unit that has a heater for cooling the cabin air quickly. For in car entertainment, the company has given it an advanced music system, which supports Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This music system features USB port, Aux-in interface, AM/FM radio tuner, CD/MP3 player along with four speakers. The car maker has given this vehicle a number of utility based aspects like cup and bottle holders, map pockets in all doors, day and night internal rear view mirror, reverse parking sensors, glove box with pen and card holder, interior lamps with theater dimming effect, rear luggage cover and several other aspects.
Being the top end variant, it is equipped with almost all crucial features, which are necessary for a stress free driving experience. It has a rigid body structure with impact beams that reduces the impact of collision in case any accidents. In addition to these, it has a driver air bag, a high mounted stop lamp, headlight leveling device, child proof rear door locks, an engine immobilizer and central locking system.
1. Reasonable price tag.
2. Fuel efficiency is good.
1. Safety standards can be better.
2. Lesser ground clearance.