Before we delve deep into the full overview, let us begin by answering a frequently-occurring question. Why? Why is there a need for a rugged Celerio – or shall I say crossover Celerio – in the Indian market.
Given the automotive market scenario last year, the only type of vehicle that actually sold well in the country were SUVs. So much so, that newer brands forayed in the country with SUVs in a hope to grab some market shares. So, modifying the Celerio to look like a crossover – well, at least a bit – was, perhaps, an informed decision.
Going by the looks, there’s not much changed with the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X. It is purely based on the Celerio, which itself received a mid-life facelift in 2017. The only visual difference at the front is the use of vertically-placed black stickers, right below the headlamps. Move to the side, and there are many noticeable differences there, for the alloy wheels are now finished in gloss black. The door handles and ORVMs also get the black treatment. Another change is the addition of roof rails and black plastic cladding that runs throughout the body. At the rear, the only significant change is the re-profiled bumper, which now gets a huge black insert.
Going by the technical specifications, the Celerio X is 3,715mm in length, 1,635mm in width, and 1,565mm in height. Moreover, the ground clearance is 165mm, the boot space capacity is 235-litres, and the wheelbase is 2,425mm. The kerb weight for the base-spec variant is 835kg.
Enter the cabin, and there isn’t much here that differentiates the Celerio X from the standard model. The overall layout of the cabin remains unchanged. However, the black-and-beige interior theme is now replaced by a sportier all-black layout. The equipment list, sadly, remains unchanged. Therefore, the Celerio X, in the top-end variant, comes fitted with a 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth/iPod/AUX connectivity, steering-mounted audio controls, MID, dual-airbags and ABS with EBD. The only grouse, though, is the absence of the company’s Smartplay infotainment system and climate control.
On the mechanical front, the Celerio X is powered by the same K10-series motor that propels in the standard model. The 998cc three-cylinder engine is capable of producing 67bhp and 90Nm of torque. It comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The engine is extremely punchy, and it loves to redline.
The ride quality, too, is very well sorted out. The handling, however, is a sore point of the Celerio X, for the steering doesn’t inspire much confidence while cornering. In summary, the ride quality and handling of the Celerio X remains identical to the Celerio.
To sum it up, the Celerio X is a nice and funky take on the mature Celerio. Although Maruti Suzuki could have done more with distinguishing the ‘X’ from the standard model, it surely retains the same old formula associated with Maruti Suzuki cars: Reliable, Efficient, and Easy on the pocket. The Celerio X, then, should be on your list if you’re looking for a funky crossover hatchback. For more on the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X, tune in to autoX.