Second-gen Maruti Celerio Spied Again; Looks Bigger Than Before
Maruti has been working on the second-gen Celerio for a while now and it has been spotted testing a bunch of times. That said, it is for the first time we have seen the new hatchback from all the angles. It is to be noted that the mule was heavily camouflaged giving us just a glimpse of the hatchback.
The second-gen Celerio looks bigger than its predecessor suggesting it might be based on the new Heartect platform like the new WagonR. As a result, it should offer more space on the inside as well. In terms of design, it features a redesigned front fascia with an upright stance featuring chunky wrap-around headlamps flanking the slim front grille. The bumper also looks big with a large central air dam flanked by the round fog lamps.
The side profile looks simple with almost no character lines and pull-up door handles. The test mule had alloy wheels suggesting it could be a higher variant of the hatchback. Coming to the back, it gets a large windscreen, new tail lamps which resemble the units seen on the Renault Kwid and a huge bumper housing reflectors and the number plate.
The latest spy shots do not reveal anything about the interior of the hatchback but expect it to get all the features you expect from a car of this class. It is likely to get features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, manual AC, power steering, power windows and steering mounted controls. Safety features on offer should include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors and high-speed alert.
Under the hood, the next-gen Celerio is expected to carry forward with the same 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine as the current car. It makes 68PS and 90Nm mated to a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT. Maruti might also introduce a bigger 1.2-litre petrol engine making 83PS and 113Nm offered with the same 5-speed MT and AMT. Like the current car, the new Celerio is also expected to get CNG-powered variants.
Maruti is expected to launch the second-gen Celerio by early-2021. Prices are expected to start at a premium over the current model which retails from Rs 4.41 lakh to Rs 5.68 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will continue to rival likes of the Hyundai Santro, Tata Tiago, Datsun GO and its sibling the WagonR.
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