Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel Preview
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel is expected to be the latest addition to the Indo-Japanese lineup and will be the first vehicle to debut their new 800cc oil burner that has been developed in-house by parent company Suzuki.
The diesel Celerio will not look any different from the petrol version and the only major change is expected to be the badges at the back and on the side which will say LDI/VDI/ZDI and DDiS respectively.
Much like the exterior, the inside of the diesel Celerio is not expected to be any different from the petrol, save for changes to the instrument cluster with regard to the car becoming a diesel power machine. However, given that this is a major introduction for the Celerio, it is possible that Maruti Suzuki may introduce a few updates for the car and then eventually introduce them in the petrol and CNG versions also.
Engine and gearbox
The engine will be an 800cc three-cylinder diesel mill which is expected to produce 50bhp and around 150Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a five-speed manual which sends power to the front wheels. It is expected to be tuned for a high amount of efficiency and will have a lot of power concentrated in the low-end rather than mid-range. The diesel engine means the car will also be quite heavier than the petrol model and this is likely to affect top-speed as well as acceleration times.
In the larger scheme of things, this engine is a full-circle for the Indo-Japanese automaker who began operations 32 years ago with an 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine when it launched the M800 and Omni.
Price and competition
It is expected to be priced Rs 60,000 to 80,000 more than the equivalent petrol version. We believe that MSIL is likely to launch only the LDI and VDI versions in the beginning and will bring in a ZDI variant a few months later provided there is sufficient demand. Its competition in this range will be the Chevrolet Beat diesel.