Maruti Suzuki has silently brought in the much-awaited CNG-powered version of its latest entry-level hatchback, the Celerio. The all-new Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG has joined other cars like Alto, S-Presso, WagonR, Eeco and Ertiga in the carmaker’s expansive lineup of CNG-powered cars.
Price and Variants
Unlike other smaller Maruti Suzuki CNG hatchbacks which are available in a single LXI-based variant, the Celerio follows the footsteps of Ertiga and is available in a more premium VXI variant. This CNG-powered variant of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is priced at Rs 6.38 lakh (ex-showroom, India), which makes it almost Rs 95,000 more expensive than the regular petrol-powered Celerio VXI.
The only change which the Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG wears over its regular petrol-powered counterpart is an additional ‘S-CNG’ badge on its boot lid. Given that it is based on the VXI variant, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG gets 14-inch steel wheels with wheel caps and body-coloured door handles and rearview mirrors. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG will be available in three colour options of Pearl White, Silky Silver and Glistening Grey.
Interior Changes and Features
On the inside, there are no visual differences between the Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG and the regular petrol-powered Celerio. However, due to the addition of a CNG tank in the boot compartment, the Celerio CNG has virtually no boot space left in it. It gets all the features that are available in the regular VXI variant of the Celerio, such as all-four power windows, manual AC, electrically adjustable rearview mirrors and 60:40 split seats. In terms of safety, it gets only the essentials like dual front airbags, ABS and reverse parking sensors.
For the Celerio CNG, Maruti Suzuki has tweaked the 1.0-litre three-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which made its debut in the petrol-powered version in November 2021. In conjunction with the CNG kit, the engine now produces a maximum power output of 57 bhp and a peak torque output of 82.1 Nm. This makes the Celerio CNG almost 10 bhp less powerful and 6.9 Nm less torquey than the petrol version of the Celerio. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The new Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG has a claimed fuel efficiency of 35.60 km/kg, which is significantly more than that of the previously available first-gen Celerio CNG, which was rated at 30.47 km/kg. This makes the Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG the most fuel-efficient CNG car you can buy in India right now. This new CNG powertrain is expected to make its way into the CNG-powered versions of the S-Presso and WagonR shortly.
Apart from its in-house sibling Maruti Suzuki WagonR CNG, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG will also compete with the Hyundai Santro CNG. The competition will only intensify with the arrival of Tata Tiago CNG, which is already confirmed for an Indian market debut in January 2022.