The current-gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio has been in the market for seven long years and its now due an update. At the time, the Celerio was the most affordable car in the country to offer an AMT transmission option. The second-gen Celerio has been spied testing on our roads on several occasions earlier, and Maruti Suzuki is currently in the final stages of its development. While the official unveiling and market launch could still be a couple of months away, a bunch of patent renderings of the second-gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio have surfaced on the internet, giving us a clear view of how it will look like from the outside.
Second-Gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio - Exterior Design
In terms of design, the new Celerio is a complete departure from the current model's squarish design language. The new Celerio boasts of a much more rounded design, and is devoid of any sharp lines of angular elements. Up front, you notice that the nose is much more upright and features a flattish-oval grille. The triangular shaped headlamps are rounded at the corners and are joined by a chrome strip that runs through the grille with the Suzuki logo sitting in between. The front bumper is pretty well sculpted with provisions for fog lamps and will likely be garnished with contrasting black bits for the apron and the fog lamp surrounds.
In profile, the new Celerio continues with its rounded design theme that's evident from the character lines over the wheel arches and rounded bulges on the door. What's also evident is that new Celerio will be a bit larger than the current model in terms of overall dimensions. The extended wheelbase and glass house are apparent from long-ish tapering roofline. The window line is characterized by a straight-ish shoulder line. Interestingly, the next-gen Celerio will be using old-school lift-type door handles in place of the pull-type ones that was found in the current-gen car.
At the rear of the new Celerio, the roofline has a slightly swooping effect which makes the rear window appear a little smaller. However, the overall car seems wider when viewed from the rear. The hatchback also gets new wraparound tail lights and a rather simple design for the rear bumper, although it has provisions for reflectors on either side and a number-plate housing. The new Celerio could also see parts sharing with several other Maruti Suzuki models including the wing mirrors, control stalks, seats, etc. As per reports, the next-gen Celerio will be riding on 13-inch alloy wheels.
Second-Gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio - Platform and Engine
The next-gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio will be based on the Heartect platform, the same that underpins the third-gen WagonR. Under the hood, the upcoming Celerio will continue to be powered by the current Celerio's 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 67hp and 90Nm of torque. Maruti Suzuki could also add the 83hp 1.2L petrol engine from the WagonR along with a CNG option in the mix as well. Transmission options will continue to include a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed AMT. The current Celerio is priced from INR 4.41 lakh to INR 5.68 lakh (ex-showroom) and the next-gen model will certainly carry a premium. Expected to launch in the coming months, the new Celerio will continue its rivalry with the likes of the Tata Tiago and the Hyundai Santro.