The Celerio was the first car from Maruti to get the AMT gearbox and also its own diesel engine so now the latest round of changes has been confined to the exteriors and interiors. The Celerio has been around for some time and this facelift could not have come at a better time to fight off the likes of the Grand i10 and Tiago.
The changes are subtle but enough to notice. The Celerio gets a new mesh grille with a chrome lining which certainly looks better than the previous one. The front bumper is changed and again looks better plus there are new fog lamp bezels and headlamps too. The side view stays the same and so does the alloys. Move to the rear and the Celerio facelift gets a new rear bumper too.
Surprisingly there is no touchscreen in offer but there is new interior colour with black and greige (beige and grey). There are also new seat covers with greige and new abstract pattern. Elsewhere there are silver accents and new door trim. There is a driver-side airbag while Passenger air bags and ABS are offered as an optional variant across all trims. Its got the basics covered with steering controls and Bluetooth etc.
There is only a 1.0 three cylinder petrol with 68 bhp and 90Nm with a five-speed manual as standard along with an AMT being optional. Maruti says 36% of customers have opted for AGS variant during April-September 2017. At the same time, the top-end Z variant has contributed 48% to the overall CELERIO sales in the first half of 2017-18.
Prices start at rs 4.15 lakh to Rs 5.25 lakh for the top-end CNG model while the AMT petrol model top-end is rs 5.3 lakh. While the changes are not drastic, it is just about enough to inject fresh appeal into this car, the Celerio especially the AMT is a no-nonsense city car and now it looks a wee bit sharper- no bad thing, though Maruti should have given more features.
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