This is not the first time that the Celerio diesel has been spied, but it is for the first time that the car is clearly caught wearing a DDiS badge. The company has been testing a diesel variant of the Celerio hatchback, for the past few months. The oil burning variant is believed to be in production will launch by the end of this financial year (April-2015) likely after Dzire facelift and S-Cross hits the market.
The Celerio is expected to be the first Maruti passenger vehicle to be powered by the company’s first self developed diesel engine. As per reports, this is a twin-cylinder 800 cc diesel engine capable of generating power of 45-50 bhp and peak torque of around 120-130 Nm and is expected to return about 30 kpl, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the market.
Initially, the Celerio diesel will come equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, though an automated manual transmission (AMT) could be introduced later. Once launched, the AMT-equipped Celerio diesel will steal the title of the most affordable automatic diesel car from the Tata Zest.
The new 0.8L diesel engine, which will be produced at the company’s Gurgaon plant, will also be used in the Y9T light pick-up truck and later in the Eeco.
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