With the difference in petrol and diesel prices becoming narrower, the demand for petrol powered cars is rising again. But statistics of the number of sold cars say that diesel still rules the roost. No matter what the segment and affordability, the additional fuel economy that a diesel motor offers tends to lure customers.
The Maruti Celerio Diesel was launched in the month of June 2015.
The new design styling of the Maruti Celerio Diesel is known as CICO Styling (Curve in Curve Out) which lends the car a sculpted youthful body that is aerodynamically better.
The cabin is large and the interiors have been designed to maximize space and comfort. It comes with ample headroom, legroom, shoulder-room and a large boot space. Maruti Suzuki calls it XpanDesign. One also gets the option of 60:40 split flexibility in the rear seats to increase luggage capacity. The The flowing curves of the dashboard merges with the rest of the interiors giving the cabin a premium feel. All the controls with features like integrated audio with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio controls are found. The multi-info display that displays information such as instantaneous fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency, and range is classy and convenient.
Other features include driver and co-driver airbags, audio with Bluetooth, steering mounted audio controls, electrically adjustable outside rear-view mirror (ORVM), keyless entry, rear wiper & defogger, tilt-steering, ABS with EBD, alloy wheels and height adjustable driver seat.
The physical dimensions of the diesel Celerio will be 3600 mm length, 1600 mm width, 1560 mm height, 2425 mm wheel base and 165 mm ground clearance. The boot volume will be 235 litres.
The suspension is McPherson strut with coil spring at the front and coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring at the rear. The brake is ventilated disc at the front and drum type at the rear.
The diesel engine powering the Celerio (codename the E08A and marketed as the DDiS 125) happens to be the smallest automotive diesel engine in the world. It is a 793 cc twin-cylinder turbocharged unit that generates a 47.5 PS of power and a 125 Nm of torque. With an ARAI certified fuel economy claim of 27.62 kmpl, the Celerio diesel is the most fuel efficient car in India. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. There is no AMT option on the Celerio diesel.
The all-aluminium engine is highly responsive and is designed to maximize fuel efficiency and produce minimum emissions. It is also B S4 compliant. The hydraulic clutch system ensures comfortable gear shifting and reduces effort on the clutch pedal.
The diesel variants cost Rs 75,000 more than their corresponding petrol variants and start at Rs. 4.65 Lakh and go till Rs. 5.71 lakh.