Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Leaked: Maruti Suzuki Celerio with EZ Drive Technology Images Leaked Ahead of Its Official Launch

Celerio, the next offering from the country's most trusted brand Maruti Suzuki, has been getting  a lot of attention since the appearance of A: Wind concept car aka YL7at the Thailand International Motor Show in November. Maruti Suzuki Celerio (codenamed YL7) has been caught undisguised in ZXi trim at the Buddh International Circuit. In terms of styling, the Maruti Celerio looks confident with its new design language derived from the Suzuki A-Wind Concept

The front fascia of the Maruti Celerio reveals a broad stance with a swept back design tone. The brawny wrap-around headlamps are neatly connected with two slats of chrome on the grille and there is a separate circular fog lamp housing up front. The side profile consists of a strong shoulder line emerging from the front fender that rises up to the hip of the Celerio. Another crease runs below to give the Maruti Celerio a good presence. It resembled the design pattern of Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai i20.  It also showed off 6-spoke alloy wheels and rear view mirror integrated blinkers.

Maruti is speculated to launch the new car Celerio at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi in February. The car is expected to replace Maruti A-Star and Estlilo in the domestic market. Maruti Suzuki will also launch a new technology for Indian hatchbacks during the 2014 Delhi Motor Show. The technology is called automated manual transmission. In this type of transmission, the clutch action is made automatic. So, the physical clutch pedal is not present in an automated manual transmission equipped car.

Without a physical clutch to operate, all that the driver of the car has to do is to shift the gears just as he would do in a manual gearbox equipped car. But, he wouldn’t have to press the clutch pedal to shift the gears as that is automatically taken care of the engine management system. Maruti Suzuki will name the automated manual transmission technology as EZDrive and the promotions for this new technology has already started

Expect the interiors to be roomy and fresh, having light colour trims. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio will be offered with the 1.0-litre K10 petrol engine initially. This engine produces 67 BHP of maximum power with 90 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The car will rival the HyundaiGrand i10.

The Maruti Celerio will also be offered with a new diesel engine that will be launched by the end of this year. It will be a 800cc, 2-cylinder unit. Maruti Suzuki will launch the Celerio at the 2014 Auto Expo and deliveries are expected to commence soon after the launch. The expected on-road price of the Maruti Celerio is in the range of Rs. 4.60 – 5.95 lakhs for the petrol variants.

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