Reviews – Maruti Suzuki Celerio With An Automated Manual Transmission

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Celerio has been launched by Maruti Suzuki India at the Indian Auto Expo 2014,Greater Noida.  Maruti Celerio starts with Rs. 3.90 lakh for LXI variant while the AMT starts with Rs. 4.29 lakh.  It comes with an automated manual transmission, eliminating the clutch pedal from the car.

Coming to the technology part of it, automatic gearboxes have traditionally known to be less fuel-efficient than their manual siblings. Which single-handedly has kept many Indians away from what would be an automatic choice for our troubled traffic conditions. Traditionally, they have also been expensive to build and maintain, which kind of hammered the final nail into the coffin. So, to get away from convention, Maruti engineers tried something unconventional, yet, simple. So, what the Celerio gets is an Auto Gear Shift (AGS), which is inherently a five-speed manual transmission like any other, but this is coupled to a unit that hydraulically controls its working. This unit sits right on top of the transmission and eradicates the presence of a manual clutch. So, what the driver needs to do is use the gearshift like in a traditional automatic, and simply put it in D (drive), N (neutral) or R (reverse).

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Engine: 998cc, 3-cylinder, SOHC, K-Next

Power: 68 HP @ 6000 RPM

Torque: 90 Nm @ 3500 RPM

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual, 5-Speed Auto Gear Shift

Top Speed: 150 km/hr

0-100 km/hr: 15.05 seconds (manual), 15.6 seconds (Auto Gear Shift)

Fuel Consumption: 15 km/l (City), 18 km/l (Highway)

Fuel Type: Petrol

Suspension: McPherson Struts (Front), Torsion Beam (Rear)

Tyres: 155/80/13 (LXi), 165/70/14 (VXi, ZXi)

Brakes: Ventilated Disc (Front), Drum (Rear)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 35 litres

It  comes in three variants – Lxi, Vxi and Zxi. The Zxi variant, with extra features like trip computer, dual airbags and ABS (Anti-Braking System) with EBD, is placed at the top in the lineup. With external dimensions of 3600mm x 1600mm x 1540mm (LWH), and a wheelbase of 2425mm, the car comes with a 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder K-Next engine, generating a maximum power of 67bhp with 90Nm of peak torque.

Maruti Suzuki has done a fabulous job with the interiors of the Celerio. Compared to the A-Star, there is a massive leap in terms of dashboard design and that’s solely because the company has lifted interior bits from its flagship hatchback. The gear lever and steering wheel come from the Swift but there are additional buttons for the Bluetooth telephony which are placed very unconventionally and seem like an after thought. The U-shaped centre console houses an integrated audio system with USB, AUX, CD, etc with manual AC controls.

 

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