Maruti Celerio X: Can it be your next premium hatchback?

 

The Indo-Japanese auto-giant, Maruti Suzuki has launched its most awaited entry-level hatchback-crossover, the Maruti Celerio X in the Indian market. It is a pseudo-crossover model, which has got several changes in design elements over the company’s existing hatchback model, Maruti Celerio.

Recently, we have witnessed a change in the customer attraction towards entry-level compact cars in the country, which has been the major reason behind the success of the SUVs. Similarly, Maruti Suzuki has also brought the positive changes in the existing hatchback model to give it a premium crossover-ish appeal, which looks somewhat similar to the SUVs.

Let see whether the latest hatchback-crossover, Maruti Celerio X can be the perfect fit for the entry-level buyers or not.

Exterior design

The design of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X has been inspired by the standard model of the Celerio with certain changes to have a crossover-ish design. The crossover-hatchback has been designed on the company’s new X-theme platform with premium touches here and there. It gets a revised front fascia, which features a new honeycomb front grille, dual-tone front bumper with ablack finish and LED headlights with DRLs.

Towards the side of the car, it gets black ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. It has aesthetically designed side profile with curves and sports 14-inch alloy wheels, which adds more to the sportiness of the car. The rear of the car looks larger than the normal Celerio with edgy design, possess LED taillights and a rear spoiler.

The Celerio X is 100mm longer than the hatchback but gets the same height, wheelbase and width. It is offered in an all-new Paprika Orange shade and also gets four other colour options of Arctic White, Glistening grey, Caffeine brown and Torque blue.

Interior delight

The new Celerio X gets certain positive changes inside the car over the hatchback. It gets a sportier looking all-black interior with finely finished plastic cladding. The seats are also wrapped in black fibre with orange accents and gets a newly designed dashboard. The multi-functional steering wheel is also wrapped in fine fibres and gets audio control feature in higher trim.

The India-bound model has an audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity features. On the safety front, Maruti Celerio X receives driver side airbags as standard, while for the co-passenger safety, optional airbags and Antilock Braking System (ABS) are restricted to the top-end trims.

Power Mechanism

Under the skin, the Indian-spec hatchback crossover, Celerio X receives the same set of engine mechanism that drives the Celerio. It is powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that can develop a maximum power output of 67 bhp against a peak torque of 90 Nm. The transmission options include a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic gearbox. It returns a mileage of 23 kmpl in both the variants, which is quite economical for a 1.0-litre petrol engine.

Our Verdict

The latest launch from the Maruti Suzuki has been priced competitively starting at Rs. 4.57 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base model and goes up to Rs. 5.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top-end trims. Moreover, one can get the prices of the available variants along with specifications and details on Autoportal.com, which will certainly be helpful in getting the best-suited one for yourself. The car stands firm against Mahindra’s latest SUV, KUV100 in the country.

The Maruti Celerio X has been positioned alongside the regular Celerio and has been launched in India to target first-time car buyers. With this, the Indo-Japanese carmaker is looking to expand its lineup. For those looking for an upgrade from a basic hatchback, the Celerio X comes as a great option. The crossover-ish upgrade to the present hatchback model is expected to be well received in the Indian market, not only for its positive design changes but also for its affordable price tag.

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