Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Limited launched its much awaited compact car, Celerio, with the revolutionary Auto Gear Shift here today. With fuel efficiency same as the Manual transmission, the revolutionary Auto Gear Shift, christened EZ Drive, is all set to redefine the car driving experience on Indian roads. Interestingly, Auto Gear Shift on the Celerio is a first for India amongst passenger cars.
Poised to stir the A2 segment Celerio is a complete package full of pleasant surprises. Among several benefits, Celerio comes with a best in class fuel efficiency of 23.1 kmpl,for both, Auto Gear Shift and the Manual Transmission variants.
Celerio is launched at an attractive price. This price puts to rest any argument that superior technology is expensive. Often, the wide price gap between Manual and Automatic transmission variants prompts buyers to settle for manual transmission cars.
In terms of maintenance of the car, the Auto Gear Shift technology on Celerio is affordable and hassle free.
With Celerio, the Company is keen to change these perceptions and raise the technology bar.
Unveiling the Celerio, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director& CEO said, “Maruti Suzuki has always believed in offering cars that set new benchmarks of technology, style and overall costs in India. Maruti Suzuki Celerio is the latest example that brings path breaking Auto Gear Shift technology in cars for the first time and that too, in country’s most popular compact car segment. The Celerio promises a new, convenient and fun to drive experience, with top class fuel efficiency, at a highly attractive price and low maintenance cost.We are confident that Celerio will soon become a popular choice among customers as they enjoy the benefits that this new technology brings.”
The Celerio is stylish on the outside and has roomy, spacious & functional interiors with a large boot. Offered in six variants, including two with Auto Gear Shift, the Celerio is powered by the high performing K-next petrol engine.
THE HIGH FIVES
Auto Gear Shift: Harbinger of a revolution
Mated with the K-next engine, the Auto Gear Shift is Suzuki Motor Corporation’s newly developed technology that promises superior drive experience to the users. Powered by an intelligent actuating unit, driving is effortless with Auto Gear Shift.
Auto Gear Shift is a departure from the traditional configuration, as it has only two pedals. The two pedal driver lieves the driver from synchronizing between clutch and gear shift lever and brings immense value in start-stop traffic conditions.
|Length||3600 mm||Power||68 ps / 6000 rpm|
|Width||1600 mm||Torque||90 Nm / 3500 rpm|
|Height||1560 mm||Wheel Base||2425 mm|
|Fuel Efficiency||23.1 kmpl||Turning Radius||4.7 meters|
|Kerb weight||810 kgs
830 kgs (full options)
|Boot Space||235 litres|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|Manual Variants||Rs Lakh||Auto Gear Shift Variants||Rs Lakh|
|CelerioLXi||3.90||CelerioLXi Auto Gear Shift||4.29|
|CelerioVXi||4.20||CelerioVXi Auto Gear Shift||4.59|
India’s crowded roads and the sky rocketing fuel prices have emphasized the need for a compact, fuel efficient, easy to maneuver and fun to drive car. The new Maruti Suzuki Celerio promises to deliver on these facets.
The Celerio is stylish on the outside and has roomy, spacious & functional interiors with a large boot.
Celerio offers a fuel efficiency of 23.1 km per litre.
Celerio comes in six petrol variants - four with Manual transmission and two with Auto Gear Shift.
Auto Gear Shift on the Celerio is a first for India amongst passenger cars.
Auto Gear Shift is Suzuki’s newly developed automated manual transmission, equipped with the Intelligent Shift Control Actuator, an electric-hydraulic actuator that automatically performs clutch and shift operations. Auto Gear Shift combines the actuator and controller and directly mounts them in the transmission in order to unify the working components. This permits synchronised control over the clutch, shifting, and engine for smoother gear changes. As well as bringing together the advantages of both manual and automatic transmissions, shifting time is shortened compared to conventional gear shifting.
With no compromise on fuel efficiency, the revolutionary Auto Gear Shift, christened EZ Drive, redefines the car driving experience on Indian roads.
Celerio Auto Gear Shift variants will have the flexibility of both “manual mode” and auto “Drive mode” in the same car, with a simple shift of gear lever. (Attached document: EZ Drive - How Auto Gear Shift works)
The K-Next engine
Under the hood of the Celerio beats the K-next engine integrated with next generation transmission, which offers zippy drive, both in city and on highways. With effortless gear shift and re-engineered suspension, NVH package and EPS, the driving experience is further enhanced for better ride, handling and comfort.
Celerio further indulges customers by offering the option of segment-leading features such as Blue-tooth connectivity, Lane change indication, Anti-theft feature in audio and user-friendly customizable security settings. For example customers have options to customize central locking settings, auto door lock/unlock settings. In the Celerio’s security system customers can select from 15 different levels of sensitivity for pre-warning and full blast warning of shock sensors. These security features make the Celerio secure from any kind of tampering. In addition, Airbags, Auto-door unlock on crash and ABS further enhance safety.
What makes Celerio fuel efficient?
Improvements and innovations are built all through the vehicle to make it most fuel efficient in its class. Presence of highly acclaimed 1-litre, K-next engine, new generation transmission with optimized ECU calibration helps to boost the fuel efficiency. Weight optimization through multiple innovations also helps to enhance fuel efficiency. These include use of high tensile steel, use of alternate material in various parts as well as re-engineering major vehicle systems.
The aerodynamic exterior design of the car also contributes to achieve more kilometers to a litre. Interestingly, the best-in-class fuel efficiency of the Celerio remains same whether the transmission is Auto Gear Shift or Manual.
EZ design: Curve In Curve Out (CICO)
Celerio’saerodynamic style is through extensive use of wind tunnel and CAE technologies that gives it distinct styling and big road presence. The exterior styling, referred as CICO, essentially depicts the curve contours running through the exteriors seamlessly. The CICO styling lends a sculpted, energetic and youthful look to the Celerio.
|Auto Gear Shift||O||O||-||-|
|New||Sunshine Ray||Cerulean Blue||Cave Black|
|Existing||Blazing Red||Pearl Arctic White||Glistening Grey||Silky Silver|
India Infoline Research Team / 15:28, Mar 13, 2015
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