release the brake. The car will start moving, but slowly—this is called the ‘Creep’ function, which is effective in urban stop-and-go traffic. Gradually step on the accelerator and the car will pick up speed. Based on how much you press the accelerator, the car will move to a higher gear, the highest being fifth.
Similar to the traditional automatic transmission unit, the EZ Drive offers the ‘M’ mode—put the gear lever in the ‘M’ position and then shift gears by pushing the lever to either the ‘+’ or ‘-’ modes.
How does it stop: Pressing the brake reduces the speed of the car and the gears shift down automatically until the car comes to a complete stop. Then you have to shift the lever to the ‘N’ mode, switch off the engine and engage the parking brake. But unlike most traditional automatics, the EZ Drive does not have a ‘P’ slot—which indicates ‘parking’—therefore engaging the parking brake is important.
From Rs 3.9 lakh for the manual and Rs 4.29 lakh for the EZ Drive (Delhi ex-showroom starting prices), the Celerio can prove to be the most important launch by Maruti in a long time. What it offers is tremendous value at an affordable price point, and is sure to shake up the market.