Even after facing stiff competition from the homegrown and foreign carmakers alike, Maruti Suzuki retains the top spots in the sales charts and that is primarily because when it comes to affordable cars, Maruti Suzuki is still the ultimate Kingpin. It is already out in the open that Maruti Suzuki is currently working on updating its one of the most popular hatchbacks – the Celerio. It has been spied testing on a couple of occasions and now a leaked set of patent renderings has showcased to us how the next-gen Celerio will turn out to be.
The current-gen Celerio features a rather boxy and utilitarian design but that is set to change with its updated iteration as the renderings reveal that the upcoming Celerio will have a more modern design.
There are specific design elements splattered here and there that seem to be carried over from the other Maruti Suzuki products. Take the front end for instance, because it clearly looks inspired from the Swift. The grille seems smaller than before and the chrome strip that runs alongside the grille, connecting the headlamps will instantly remind you of the Swift facelift. The headlamps are triangular and are rounded at the corners. Then there’s the revised bumper which looks a lot busier than the current one. Similar story continues when you move to the side or the rear for that matter.
It can be assumed that the next-gen Celerio could turn out to be slightly bigger in dimensions as compared to the current model. The new Celerio’s rear continues with the rounded design and gets wraparound taillamps and a simple bumper design. The car overall seems wider when viewed from the rear.
Updated specs and features
While we haven’t got a look at the new-gen Celerio’s interior, it is likely to be thoroughly updated as well. It could feature Maruti’s 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a rear parking camera. From the spied test mules, it seems the new Celerio has grown in size so it should offer more cabin space than the current model.
The Celerio is expected to retain the 1.0-litre petrol engine making 67PS and 91Nm, with 5-speed manual and AMT. It could also get the choice of the 83PS 1.2-litre petrol engine, like the Wagon R, but a CNG option would likely be limited to the smaller engine. Maruti could also go ahead and underpin the new Celerio with the same Heartect platform found on the WagonR. It is being assumed that Maruti Suzuki could take the wraps off the Celerio by September 2021.