About four months shy of Celerio's 10 anniversary in February 2024, Maruti Suzuki has recorded sales of over seven lakh units of the hatchback. Launched at the 12th edition of the Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio has been in the Indian market for over nine years now, and is one of 16 models in Maruti Suzuki's India lineup to come with an automatic gearbox. Having said that, Maruti Suzuki India recently clocked a significant milestone by selling more than 10 lakh automatic vehicles across the country. In order to cater to a diverse customer base, the leading auto manufacturer currently offers four automatic transmission options across 16 models, namely Auto Gear Shift (AGS), a four-speed automatic transmission (4AT), a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT), and an e-CVT (electronic-continuous variable transmission) unit. According to the company, about 65 per cent of the automatic vehicles sold were equipped with an AGS unit, whereas the automatic transmission models made up 27 per cent of the brand's cumulative automatic sales. The remaining 8 per cent came from the hybrid e-CVT.
The Delhi & NCR, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, and Kerela are the top contributing regions for Maruti Suzuki's automatic car sales. Moreover, the automaker is also nearing the one lakh automatic vehicle sales mark this financial year, indicating that Indian buyers are shifting towards automatic units. Speaking of the automatic transmission models, a K10C DualJet 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine on the Celerio comes mated to an AMT gearbox. On offer is also a 5-speed manual unit. As a result, the BS6 Phase II-compliant Celerio cranks out 66bhp and 89Nm of peak torque. Featuring an idle start/stop system, the Celerio has a claimed fuel efficiency of 26.86km/l.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG: Powertrain
Onboard CNG, a 1.0-litre engine puts out 56bhp and 82.1Nm of torque – down 10bhp and 6.9Nm over the petrol version – and is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Celerio is the company's first car to be offered in a CNG variant. In terms of pricing, the CNG version commands a premium over the petrol-powered model.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio: Price
The hatchback is in its second generation, and is currently offered in 4 variants – LXi, VXi, ZXi, and ZXi Plus. Prices of the vehicle start at Rs 5.37 lakh, while the maximum price is set at Rs 7.15 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, India.
Next-Gen Suzuki Swift Concept Revealed in Japan
In other news, Suzuki could launch its new-generation Swift sometime in 2024. Revealed ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, the new Swift Concept previews a similar design language as found on the current-generation Swift, however, it does get some updates in the form of sharper panels, a compact oval-shaped grille with a honeycomb pattern, a sportier bumper, and more. Whilst the carmaker refers to it as the 'Swift Concept', it looks production-ready.
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire, like its hatchback sibling, is also due to get a facelift. Both versions are anticipated to be powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with Toyota's Atkinson cycle technology. Further details are likely to emerge closer to the launch.