Maruti Suzuki India has been readying the new generation model of the Celerio hatchback for quite some time now. And, the Japanese carmaker has started testing the car in the country now. The next-generation Celerio has been spotted testing on the Indian roads for the first time. The car is likely to go on sale in the country next year from what we know. The current generation Celerio has been in the market for six years now, and it has managed to clock some good numbers each month, irrespective of the rising competition in the segment.
As seen in the spy images, the second-generation Celerio is completely draped with heavy camouflage concealing all the details. The test mule appears to be bigger than the current model, which is fairly compact. The wheelbase also seems to be longer but we won't make any presumptions.
The all-new Celerio hatchback is likely to be based on Suzuki's new generation Heartect platform that underpins Maruti Suzuki's new cars. This includes Maruti Suzuki WagonR, S-Presso, Swift and Baleno. The new 2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio is expected to sport an upmarket cabin with better seats and better equipment. Additionally, the car could also get modern features like SmartPlay Studio infotainment unit, reverse camera, and more.
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Mechanically, the Indo-Japanese carmaker will continue to use the same 1.0-litre petrol engine that also powers the current model. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol motor that develops 66 bhp and 90 Nm of power figures. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual and an optional five-speed AMT unit.