Maruti Suzuki Celerio facelift in the pipeline

A mid-cycle refresh for the Celerio workhorse to be the fourth launch on Maruti’s calendar

By: | Published: May 23, 2017 11:42 AM

Launched in 2014, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio has been serving an interesting position, between the Alto and the slightly more premium swift. The Celerio hit the ground with a 5-speed manual and an AMT transmission. Maruti also tested the waters with a small 800cc diesel variant in 2015, they later gave up on the idea failing a concrete response from the market.

The Celerio, is a great car for people who want a cheap to run, value for money automatic. However, it lost out, owing to it lacklustre exterior, extremely modest performance and almost criminal lack of features on the inside. Ideally, the face-lift should cure these issues. If the recently launched Dzire can be held to benchmark, we can expect the Celerio to have -- at the very least -- segment defining features. If not benchmarks.

Although the Celerio’s sells a modest 8000 units a month --approximately-- it has come time for it to get a bit of refresh, such that it can compete with Tata’s Tiago.

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Swift beats Alto as the highest-selling car in India

Details of the face-lift remain scarce, however, it is likely to get minor cosmetic upgrades and some added features. Whilst continuing to run the existing 67 hp 1.0 litre three-cylinder K-10 petrol motor. The refresh is likely to be in showrooms by the end of this financial year. The refresh may help boost the car's’ overall sales and appeal.

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