India's largest automobile company, Maruti Suzuki India Limited has officially introduced the low cost hatchback model known as Maruti Celerio in the country. This newest hatch model is perhaps the most talked about cars in the recent times and it has finally made its entry into the lucrative hatchback segment. The company introduced this model in several trim levels among which, the Maruti Celerio ZXi Optional is the top end variant. MSIL incorporated this particular trim with a reliable 1.0-litre, K10B petrol power plant that comes with 998cc displacement capacity. This top end variant is being offered with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, which helps it to produce 23.1 Kmpl. As part of the optional package, this high end variant comes equipped with a number of features including dual front air bags, anti-lock braking system, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, driver seat height adjuster and security system, which will add to the customer excitement. On the other hand, the company has given this particular trim with an audio system with CD/MP3, Radio player that also supports USB, AUX-In and Bluetooth connectivity. This is an ideal hatch for all individuals, who look to own a budget friendly car that comes equipped with lots of comfort features.
The exteriors of this all new Celerio looks very attractive, thanks to the close fit and finish done by the company. The low cost hatch comes with a decent length, width and height and other dimensions. The length is measured at 3600mm and its width is calculated at 1600mm. The height of this small car is 1540mm and its ground clearance is at 165mm, which is rather generous. On the other hand, this small car comes with a roomy wheelbase of about 2425mm, which gives a decent leg space in the front and rear cabin. The bold front facade has a wide radiator grille fitted with two chrome plated slats along with the company logo in the center. Another most important aspect about its exteriors are the stylish set of alloy wheels fitted to its wheel arches that brings a distinct appeal to the side facet. These classy rims are fitted with tubeless radial tyres and the company has also fitted a full size spare wheel in its boot. This top end variant comes with colored door handles along with the ORVM caps that gives it a full fledged look. On the other hand, this Maruti Celerio ZXi Optional trim is available with seven exterior paint options, which include a Glistening Grey, Cave Black, Sunshine Ray, Blazing Red, Cerulean Blue, Pearl Arctic White and a Silky Silver metallic finish as well to select from.
Coming to the interiors, this newly introduced small car comes with a subtle cabin with beige and black color scheme that brings a comfortable feel. It comes fitted with a modern design dashboard with a two layer design that brings a futuristic look to the insides. It also comes with a three spoke urethane based multi-functional steering wheel with a large company insignia affixed on it. The seats in the front and rear cabin comes with integrated headrests and have been covered with good quality fabric upholstery. Some other useful features such as a glove box unit, drink holders, driver and front passenger sun visor, inside rear view mirror are also incorporated in this top end variant. The rear cabin comes fitted with 60:40 split seats , which will help in improving the boot storage capacity. The best part about the interiors is the stylish instrument panel with a multi-information display that features a digital clock fuel consumption display and distance to empty indicators. On the whole, this particular trim is a perfectly featured hatch that can help in making your journey comfortable.
Engine and Performance:
The company has equipped this low cost hatchback with the K10B, 1.0-litre aluminum petrol motor that comes with 998cc displacement capacity . This engine comprises of 3-cylinders and a total of 12-valves and also has a MPFI supply system. It produces a maximum power of about 67Bhp at 6000rpm, while yielding a peak torque output of 90Nm at just 3500rpm, which is ideal for city maneuvering. This torque output is sent to the front wheels of the hatch via a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, which will enable the engine to return 23.1 Kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
The front wheels of this top end Maruti Celerio ZXi Optional variant are blessed with ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones get drum brakes. The company has enhanced this reliable braking combination with an advanced anti lock braking system that reduces the possibility of skidding. On the other hand, its robust system is another most important aspect that contributes to the stability of the vehicle. The car maker has fitted the front axle with a McPherson Strut type of suspension , while equipping the rear axle with a coupled torsion beam type of mechanism. In addition to this, the company has affixed coil springs, which will improve the overall stability. This low cost hatch also comes with an electric power assisted steering system, which will offer a proficient response at all speed levels.
The Maruti Celerio ZXi Optional is the high end variant in the series that is being offered with special package. The company is offering this trim with numerous exciting features such as an air conditioning unit with a heating system, a power steering with tilt function, key less entry, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, front and rear power windows with driver side auto down function, central door locking (5 doors) and a fuel lid opener that are just to name a few. The company is also offering this particular trim with a music system that comes with a CD/MP3 player, Radio FM/AM and supports the connectivity for USB , AUX-In and Bluetooth devices. Also there is a three spoke multifunctional steering wheel, which will add to the driving comfort.
The company has blessed this trim with a few crucial safety features. The list includes driver and passenger air bags, anti lock braking system, front ventilated disc brakes, rear window demister, high mounted stop lamp, headlight leveling device, an engine immobilizer system , front wiper and washer with intermittent function, child proof rear door locks and many other features.
1. Decent comfort features.
2. Fuel efficiency is good.
1.No auto gear shift option.
2. Pricing can be competitive.