Expect the new Celerio CNG to outperform the previous model’s efficiency of 30.47km/kg.
Maruti Suzuki will launch its first CNG-powered vehicle this year, among a slew of new models. Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the Celerio CNG in the second half of January, according to our dealer sources. Maruti Suzuki dealers have also begun taking unofficial Celerio CNG reservations.
Maruti Suzuki is the country’s largest manufacturer of CNG-powered vehicles, and while the company already has a large CNG model lineup, it plans to expand it even further.
- Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG will be powered by a 1.0-litre K10C engine
- Expected to return more than 30km/kg fuel efficiency
- Other models like Brezza, Baleno and Ciaz could also be offered in CNG-spec in the future
What can we expect from the Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG?
The second-generation Celerio was released in November, and the company had already stated that a CNG variant would be available soon. Because the previous generation of the hatchback had a factory-installed CNG kit, it was only a matter of time before the new model got one as well.
Maruti Suzuki’s 1.0-litre K10C DualJet engine powers the new Celerio. This engine produces 67hp and 89Nm of torque in petrol form. The Celerio currently holds the title of being the most fuel-efficient petrol car in the country, thanks to its new K10C engine, which features two fuel injectors per cylinder, a high compression ratio, and high thermal efficiency. It has an ARAI-certified fuel economy of 26.68kpl for AMT models and 25.24kpl for manual models, according to ARAI.
Because the same engine will be available on the Celerio CNG, it could very well become the most fuel-efficient CNG vehicle in the country. This will be the first time a CNG kit has been installed on a K10C engine and CVT. “There are no challenges as such to integrate CNG in the new engine with two injectors per cylinder,” Raman, MSIL’s chief technology officer, had previously stated in an interview. On the new Celerio, it will be seamlessly integrated.”
For comparison, the previous iteration of the K10 engine in the first-generation Celerio CNG returned a fuel economy of 30.47km/kg (ARAI-certified). With all of the improvements to the new K10C engine, the new Celerio CNG should have even better fuel efficiency.
Although the exact specifications of the CNG-powered Celerio are unknown at this time, expect lower output figures than the petrol model. The Celerio CNG, on the other hand, is expected to use the same technology as the WagonR CNG. In terms of design and interiors, we don’t expect any other significant changes to the Celerio CNG. The equipment list will be determined by which trims Maruti offers the CNG kit, which we will learn more about closer to the launch. Expect a small price increase as well, though operating costs will be significantly lower.
The Celerio CNG will face competition from the Hyundai Santro CNG and the soon-to-be-released Tata Tiago CNG when it is released.
In the year 2022, Maruti Suzuki will launch a number of new models
Maruti Suzuki’s next big launch this year, after the Celerio CNG, will be the new Baleno, which will debut in February with a complete makeover. The Vitara Brezza would then get a similar makeover, which is expected to debut by the middle of this year. Maruti Suzuki has also announced updates for the XL6 and Ertiga MPVs. In addition, Maruti’s best-selling model, the Alto, is set to get an all-new generation, with a launch expected by the end of the year.