Just days before the launch of the Tata Tiago CNG, Maruti Suzuki has launched the CNG variant of the Celerio. With the introduction of a CNG variant, Maruti Suzuki now claims a fuel efficiency of 35.60km/kg.
The new-gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio is now available in CNG powered variant. The factory-fit CNG kit is offered with the VXI trim of the standard car. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG VXI has been priced at Rs 6.58 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs 95,000 more than that of the similarly-specced Celerio.
The CNG variant uses the same 1.0-litre three-pot petrol engine but in a different state of tune. The Celerio CNG puts out 56bhp and 82.1Nm – a deficit of 9.8bhp and 6.9Nm when compared to the standard hatchback. The engine is paired to a five-speed manual – the Celerio CNG does not get the AMT even as an option.
All the other mechanicals are identical to the standard car; however, the useable boot space in the new CNG variant will be compromised, as the bi-fuel tank will be mounted in the trunk.
The main rivals to the new CNG variant of Celerio are the Hyundai i10 Grand Nios CNG and the upcoming Tata Tiago CNG variant, which is likely to be priced in the Rs 6 – 7 lakh range (ex-showroom).
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is the first launch from the carmaker to get a CNG variant. The manufacturer plans on introducing more CNG models in 2022. Most likely, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is next.
In other news, Maruti Suzuki has reported that the firm has sold over 6 lakh units of the Celerio cumulatively since the launch of the first-gen model.