Maruti Suzuki Celerio review: Almost a celestial drive

Feb 10 2014, 08:46 IST
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With price range of Rs 3.9 lakh to Rs 4.29 lakh (Delhi ex-showroom prices), the Celerio can prove to be the most important launch by Maruti With price range of Rs 3.9 lakh to Rs 4.29 lakh (Delhi ex-showroom prices), the Celerio can prove to be the most important launch by Maruti
SummaryCabin space of Zen Estilo, driveability of A-Star, path-breaking technology. That’s Celerio for you.

also conveniently placed.

The drive

The Suzuki K10B three-cylinder engine that sits under the hood of the Celerio is one of its best assets. It produces a peak power of 68ps@6000rpm and a torque of 90Nm@3500rpm, which is more than enough for the Celerio that weighs 810 kg (830 kg with full options). This not only ensures amazing driveability but also a class-leading fuel efficiency of 23.1 kmpl. The car has got a tight turning radius of 4.7 metres and that can be a boon while parking or when driving on congested roads.

The EZ Drive

The best thing about the Celerio is the path-breaking technology that it comes equipped with, the two-pedal (accelerator and brake) Auto Gear Shift technology, which the company has christened as EZ Drive, pronounced as ‘easy drive’. Auto gear shift it is, but is it an automatic transmission? Not exactly. The EZ Drive is essentially a simple manual transmission that has been robotised. It uses a regular manual gearbox and a clutch (there is no clutch pedal though), but acts like an automatic, changing gears for the driver with the help of a dedicated ECU and actuators (call it a robotic arm). Unlike traditional automatic transmission, there is no torque convertor.

How does it look: The gear-lever unit, placed between the two front seats, looks exactly like a traditional automatic transmission unit. Towards the right, there are three slots—‘N’ for neutral, ‘D’ for drive and ‘R’ for reverse. Towards the left, there is one slot marked ‘M’ for manual. In the manual mode, there are options of ‘+’ to upshift and ‘-’ to downshift gears.

How does it drive: Before starting the engine, ensure the gear lever is in the ‘N’ mode and the brake pedal is pressed. Once the engine starts, put the gear lever in the ‘D’ mode and release the brake. The car will start moving, but slowly—this is called the ‘Creep’ function, which is effective in urban stop-and-go traffic. Gradually step on the accelerator and the car will pick up speed. Based on how much you press the accelerator, the car will move to a higher gear, the highest being fifth.

Similar to the traditional automatic transmission unit, the EZ Drive offers the ‘M’ mode—put the gear lever in the ‘M’ position and then shift gears by pushing the lever to either the ‘+’ or ‘-’ modes.

How does it stop: Pressing the brake reduces the speed of the

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