Maruti has launched a facelift of its Celerio hatchback with prices reaching from Rs.4.15 lakh for the base LXi trim to Rs.5.34 lakh for the top-spec ZXi (O) with the automated manual transmission. The Celerio facelift comes with tweaked front and rear bumpers, a new grille with chrome garnish on top and new fog lamp bezels. The profile of the new hatchback is alike to the earlier Celerio and even the alloy wheels are the same. On the inside, the dashboard gets a dual-tone black and greige (a mix of beige and grey) finish, new seat covers in greige, silver accents and a new design for the door trim. However, Maruti has not added a touch-screen infotainment system, a most required after feature, to the facelift.
In terms of safety equipment, all 12 variants get driver’s side airbag and a driver’s side seat belt warning feature as standard. A front passenger airbag and ABS are optional extras crossways the range. Maruti has also upgraded the Celerio to meet the upcoming Indian safety norms in terms of pedestrian, offset and side impact regulations. Under the bonnet, the facelifted Celerio continues with the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that develops 68hp and 90Nm of peak torque. While all variants get a five-speed manual as standard, the higher-spec VXi and ZXi trims also offer the choice of a five-speed AMT gearbox. The Celerio hatchback competitors the likes of the Hyundai Eon, Renault Kwid and the Datsun Redigo.