In the competition with Chevrolet Beat Diesel and Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch Celerio Diesel in Q2 this year. Leaks surfacing on the Internet suggest that the new Maruti Suzuki Celerio Deisel will boast a 793cc twin-cylinder engine, which will be in clean competition with 936cc engine of Chevrolet Beat diesel.
Reports suggest that the new diesel car from the Indian automobile giant will be available within the price range of Rs. 4.6 to Rs. 5.7 Lakhs and in three variants, LDi, VDi and ZDi.
According to our automobile specialist, the 793cc diesel engine in new Celerio will have a fuel efficiency of 30.1 Km/L, which will make it the most fuel-efficient car in the country. Currently, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is holding the title, which manages 26.2 km/l in the ARAI test.
Like Celerio Petrol, it is expected from Maruti that it may consider fitting AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) to Celerio Diesel, giving it a title of cheapest AT enabled vehicle.
However, as per the reports, the car maker could delay the launching to 3-6 months due to a slide in vehicle sales in the last quarter. A Maruti Suzuki spokesperson quoted, “For the introduction of any new model or technology, such as a new diesel engine, several rounds of testing are undertaken to ensure that the product delivered to the customer is of top quality. The decision to go for a pilot for the LCV is independent. It was decided several months back since we are entering a new category of vehicles.”
In addition, the production of Celerio Diesel was started in December 2014 and the development of 800cc diesel engine has faced some technical issues and the company wants to be sure of performance and the quality of the product, which can further increase the delay.
One of the senior Celerio Diesel developers said that the key problem in designing this car was the 800cc engine, which needs to be installed in such a way that it offers a decent level of refinement with a significant reduction in noise, vibration and harshness. These challenges were earlier faced Tata Nano developers.
A senior analyst at IHS Automotive, Gaurav Vangaal said, “Every manufacturer wants to make sure that the best product hits the road to ensure enrichment of consumer experience and if it is true (delay on account of testing), it can be blessing in disguise with diminished fuel price gap and sluggish LCV market.”