2018 Maruti CelerioX Overview
Maruti’s timid-styled Celerio got a mild refresh last year, but followed-up the facelift with the launch of a new version of the car, one that would draw in a few more eyeballs. Called the ‘CelerioX’, the car is essentially a rugged-looking version of the standard car. The X is not a proper cross-hatchback like the Hyundai i20 Active. The CelerioX shares its 165mm ground clearance with the stock car.
Study one up close and you’ll note the CelerioX shares the same body panels as the updated standard model. It comes with additional matte-black faux body cladding across its sides, a styling element common to all cross hatches, while the front bumper gets a slightly altered design with two faux black bands that run vertically from below the headlights.
Higher variants of the CelerioX come with the same alloy wheels as the standard car but get a black finish, while the lower trims come with black wheel caps. The blackened bits do contrast well with the new Paprika Orange shade that is exclusive to the CelerioX.
The CelerioX’s cabin is identical to the standard car save for an all-black theme with silver accents. Carried over from the standard Celerio is the infotainment system. While it does offer Bluetooth/USB/AUX functions, Maruti has perhaps missed an opportunity to differentiate the ‘X’ by giving it the SmartPlay touchscreen unit from pricier models. Also, there is no automatic climate control on offer, even on the top-spec trim.
Mechanically, the Celerio comes with the same 1.0-litre K-series petrol motor good for 68hp and 90Nm of torque. Gearbox choices include a five-speed manual and an AMT. A short spin in the car did not reveal anything new; it was just like driving a standard Celerio. In brief, the petrol engine felt peppy and ride quality was quite decent too.