The hatchback-derived crossover segment has gained popularity in recent times with Hyundai i20 Active, Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross. At the 13th edition of the Indian Auto Expo, the Celerio Cross was one of the three cross concepts showcased as the other two were Chevrolet Beat Activ and Tata Zica (now Tiago) Aktiv.
It now spawned the production Celerio X which targets “young, progressive and aspirational buyers.” The new cross hatch from India’s leading car manufacturer has been launched now in India at prices between Rs. 4.57 lakh and Rs. 5.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Bookings have already begun at authorised showrooms across the country.
With the Celerio X, Maruti Suzuki is confident of big boost in sales as the standard Celerio has sold over 300,000 units in the domestic market thus far. The powertrain line-up remains identical as the Celerio hatchback with a 998 cc petrol motor develops 67 bhp of maximum power output at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm.
The engine is mated to a five-speed manual as standard while customers can opt for a five-speed AMT as well. The CelerioX sports aerodynamic design with a newly designed X-theme based graphic around the grille. Other notable features are protective cladding on sides and rear bumper as well as skid plate details on rear, high gloss black accentuation on like grille, fog garnish, clads, roof garnish, blacked out B-pillar and interior accents.
It also offers driver airbag and co-passenger airbag as standard along with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution). The CelerioX comes with all-new Paprika Orange signature colour which is claimed to reminisce the youthful energy and symbolizes sportiness. It is married with matte and glossy black to help define the character lines.
The interiors have an all-black colour scheme with contrast stitching on the seats and steering wheel. The black seat trims are spiced with Orange accents to elevate the sporty character of the vehicle. It will compete mainly against the KUV100 while it will also seek the market share of Datsun Go Cross as well.