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At last, Maruti Suzuki has launched the all-new, second-generation Celerio in India, with prices for the hatchback starting at Rs 4.99 lakh. There are four primary trim levels to choose from with the new Celerio – LXi (Rs 4.99 lakh), VXi (Rs 5.63 lakh), ZXi (Rs 5.94 lakh), ZXi+ (Rs 6.44 lakh). In addition to the standard manual gearbox variants, the new Celerio will also be offered with an automated manual transmission (AMT) option on all variants except the base LXi model – the VXi AMT has priced at Rs 6.13 lakh, the ZXi AMT has priced at Rs 6.44 lakh. In comparison, the top-spec ZXi+ AMT costs Rs 6.94 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).

Maruti Suzuki has sold close to 6 lakh units of the first-gen Celerio since its launch in 2014; the Celerio accounted for 20 percent market share in its segment.

The second-gen Celerio measures 3,695 mm in length, 1,655 mm in width, 1,555 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,435 mm. With an increase in overall dimensions, the new Maruti Suzuki Celerio (based on the fifth-gen Heartect platform) offers increased space for passengers and has a 313-litre boot – 40 per cent larger than the outgoing Celerio’s boot.

On the inside, the new Celerio has a fully redesigned dashboard that incorporates a 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio touchscreen infotainment system and new AC vents. Features include a push-button start, keyless entry with an intelligent key, 60:40 split rear seats, steering-mounted audio controls and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. In terms of safety, the new Celerio gets dual airbags and ABS as standard, and the AMT version also comes with a hill-hold assist, which Maruti says is a segment-first.

The second-gen Celerio is the first Maruti Suzuki model equipped with the K10C petrol engine that brings a 23 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing Celerio. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder K10C engine in the new Celerio makes 66 hp and 89 Nm of torque. The ARAI-certified fuel efficiency figure is 26.68 kpl for the VXi AMT version, 26 kpl for the ZXi AMT and ZXi+ AMT versions, 25.23 kpl for the LXi, VXi and ZXi MT variants and 24.97 kpl for the ZXi+ MT version.

The engine features Dual VVT, a cooled EGR, and idle start-stop tech. Maruti Suzuki India Limited MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa confirmed the K10C engine would also be introduced on other Maruti Suzuki models in the future. Maruti Suzuki also confirmed a CNG-powered version of the new Celerio would be introduced in the time to come.

There will be a total of six color options available with the new Celerio – Arctic White, Silky Silver, Glistening Grey, Solid Fire Red, Speedy Blue and Caffeine Brown. It will continue to rival the likes of the Tata Tiago and Hyundai Santro.

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