Ahead of its Auto Expo 2014 debut, the Maruti Celerio has been spied undisguised in Pune. The spotted car appears to be the top-end variant with chrome accents just above the headlamps (the Toyota Camry is another car we can think of with such a novelty), indicators integrated into the ORVM and a rear windshield wiper.
The Celerio is based on the Suzuki A:Wind concept, which debuted at the Thailand International Motor Expo in December last year. The A:Wind concept also marked the closing of the ‘Alto’ chapter for Suzuki worldwide, except in India. The Celerio will likely replace the A-Star in India as well, to compete with the Hyundai Grand i10.
The concept A:Wind measured 3,600 mm in length, 1,600 mm in width and 1,540 mm in height, with a wheelbase spanning 2,425 mm. Expect the Celerio to retain the same or similar dimensions.
It will be driven by the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, K-Series unit as seen in the Alto K10, A-Star and Wagon R. It will produce 68 hp at 6,200 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm.
The Celerio will carry two transmission options with the five-speed manual coming standard and an all-new automatic manual gearbox strapped on to higher trims. The gearbox is “EZ Drive” in Maruti speak.
[Source – Autocar India]