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The Indian automaker MSIL has officially rolled out its brand new hatchback Maruti Celerio in the country’s auto bazaar. The company has introduced this new small car in a few trim levels with a 1.0-litre petrol engine under its hood and placed it in the entry level hatchback segment. The Maruti Celerio ZXi is one of the top end variants and it is blessed with numerous attractive features such as an integrated music system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, AC unit with heater, keyless entry function, central door locking and number of other sophisticated features. The company is also offering this particular variant with safety features such as a driver airbag, engine immobilizer system, child proof rear door lock, high mounted stop lamp and several other aspects. What really is fascinating about this new model is the refreshing body design, thanks to the stylish side and rear profiles and aggressive front facade. Even the insides of this trim have been done up pretty well and equipped with numerous important functions such as an instrument cluster, storage compartment, multi functional steering wheel and much more. This is a perfect hatchback for those who are looking to own a stylish and well featured vehicle at an affordable price.
This Maruti Celerio ZXi is the top end variant and it is being offered with number of attractive exterior aspects. One of the main highlights about this new hatch is its bold and aggressive front facade. On its frontage, you can notice that the radiator grille comes fitted with two horizontally positioned chrome slats along with the company logo in the center that brings a modern yet muscular appeal to the front. Surrounding this grille is the clear lens wraparound headlight cluster incorporating a power halogen lamp and turn indicator. Its front bumper has a conventional design with a large air dam and a pair of round shaped fog lamps that gives a complete look to the frontage. The rear end of this hatch is rather pretty, wherein the taillight cluster looks simple, while the bumper looks quite large. The company has decorated the boot lid with its logo, variant and model badging and treated them with a lot of chrome. Coming to the sides, you can notice that the ORVM caps and the door handles have been treated with body color. Here the external mirrors have been incorporated with the turn indicators, which will add to the safety levels. On the whole, the manufacturer has managed to bring out an attractive new model, which has the immense potential to lure the auto enthusiasts.
Coming to the interiors, this new Maruti Celerio ZXi trim comes with a decent cabin space complimented by a two tone beige and black color scheme. It has a stylish dashboard with dual layer based look and a well equipped central console. Although, the company made extensive use of plastic inside, it doesn’t give you a cheap feel, thanks to the close fit and finish obtained inside the cabin. The seats inside the cabin are pretty comfortable with integrated headrest and they have been covered with fabric upholstery. The manufacturer has blessed this entry level hatch with quite a few important features including the driver and co-passenger vanity mirror, ticket holder, day/night IRVM , 3-assist grips, cabin light, floor carpet, rear luggage shelf, 60:40 rear split seat and many other important features. Also there is a next generation instrument panel incorporated with an information display that features various function such as distance to empty, digital clock, fuel consumption indicator and so on.
Engine and Performance:
The company has incorporated this hatch with a K-series based 1.0-litre petrol engine that comes with 998cc of displacement capacity. This engine comprises of three cylinders and 12 valves, which receives the fuel via an MPFI supply system. This engine can produce a maximum power of 67bhp at 6000rpm, which results in yielding a peak power output of 90Nm at 3500rpm. The front wheels of this hatch are enabled to draw the torque output via an advanced 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The company proudly claims that this hatchback can deliver a peak mileage of 23.1 Kmpl, which is remarkable.
Braking and Handling:
This top end variant is blessed with highly proficient features, which enhance the overall handling and braking aspects. This hatch comes with an electric power assisted steering system with tilt adjustable function that offers excellent assistance to the driver, especially in city traffic and while parking. It comes with a superior suspension system with McPherson Strut fitted to the front axle and Torsion Beam type system assembled to the rear axle. This mechanism is further loaded with coil springs, which will improve the the stability of the vehicle and offers greater driving comfort. Despite being the low cost version, the company is offering this hatch with front ventilated discs and rear drum brakes , which is a globally approved braking combination.
This high end trim comes equipped with a number of advanced equipments. The list includes an air conditioner unit with heater, a roof antenna, keyless entry, central door locking system (5 doors), a fuel lid opener, front and rear electric windows with driver side auto down function, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a responsive power steering system, which are just to name a few. Apart from these, the company is offering utility based features including a ticket holder on driver side sun visor, co-passenger vanity mirror, day/night IRVM, assist grips, cabin light, integrated front headrest, cup and bottle holders, rear 60:40 split seats and so on . The car maker has also installed an audio player with radio that has a CD player and also supports USB, AUX-In and Bluetooth connectivity as well.
This is one of the top end variant in its model series and it is blessed with number of important features such as driver air bag, rear window demister, front and rear window wiper along with washer and so on. The company has blessed this top end variant with child proof rear door lock and seat belts for internal safety. Also, this particular trim features an advanced immobilizer system that will protect the vehicle from unauthorized entry. Other features include a high mount stop lamp and the headlamp leveling device, which will provide better visibility, while enhancing the road safety.
Pros: Attractive price tag, futuristic body design.
Cons: Interior design needs to improve, safety aspects can be better.
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