Speculations are rife about the new Maruti Celerio Diesel being readied for a April 2015 Indian launch. If reports are to be believed and the Tata Nano Diesel scrapped, then the Celerio Diesel is all set to be the cheapest diesel powered car in the country. Maruti will play its favorite “value for money” trump card again, as it did with the AMT equipped Celerio – bringing automatic transmission to the masses. The current cheapest diesel car is the Tata Indica eV2, which nobody gives two hoots about, apart from a handful of cash-strapped taxi cab operators. Also, it’s on its way out soon and will be replaced by the upcoming Kite Diesel hatchback.
Watch the Maruti Celerio Diesel spy pic here
Back to the Celerio Diesel (DDiS), it will use a 792cc, twin cylinder turbo diesel motor, which it will share with Maruti’s Y9T code-named light pick up truck. Power is speculated to be around 40 bhp, while torque is rumored to hover around the 120 Nm mark – making it the smallest capacity diesel motor to have ever been featured on a car sold in the country. Indians will also rejoice at the fact that the motor will return economy figures which will be close to 30 kmpl. It should also be mated to the AMT. However, with the bare bones specifications and all that diesel clutter, it’ll be interesting to witness how the Gurgaon based manufacturer manages to tackle refinement issues. Prices are rumored to start at 4.5 lakhs INR.