- The new Celerio S-CNG is Maruti’s sixth CNG-equipped car in India
- Priced At ₹ 6.58 Lakh and Available at a premium of Rs. 95,000 over the corresponding petrol variants
- Now features the new-gen K10C petrol engine
- With the DualJet engine, it becomes the most fuel-efficient hatchback in the country
- Celerio’s cumulative sales have crossed the 6 lakh-unit mark with the launch of CNG
Maruti Suzuki India launched its new Celerio S-CNG at the price of Rs 6.58 lakh (ex-showroom, India) in the mid-spec VXi trim. This will be the sixth CNG-equipped car from Maruti available now at a premium of Rs 95,000 over the car’s normal petrol variants.
On the new hatchback’s launch, Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited commented, “Maruti Suzuki has been a pioneer in the country to offer factory-fitted CNG cars. We have the largest portfolio of 8 green models on the road and have sold around 9,50,000 S-CNG vehicles. The launch of the All-New Celerio S-CNG will take us a step closer to our ambition of spearheading the mass adoption of green vehicles in India.”
He further added, “Interestingly, the S-CNG variant in the previous generation Celerio contributed over 30 per cent of total sales. The All-New Celerio S-CNG with a new 3D organic sculpted design, energetic and spacious cabin, and S-CNG technology will offer customers an affordable, safe, and high-performance green vehicle. We are confident that customers will appreciate the All-New Celerio S-CNG’s stellar fuel efficiency.”
Indian Government is actively encouraging automakers and customers into alternate energy consumption for automobiles to reduce the demand for petrol and diesel. The Government is currently working to rapidly increase the CNG fuel pumps network in the country.
Celerio S-CNG Details
The Celerio S-CNG measures 3,695mm in length, 1,555mm in height, 1,655mm in width, and sits on a wheelbase of 2,435mm.
Exterior and Interior:
The CNG-powered version is not so different from its petrol-powered sibling. There aren’t any significant changes on the outside aside from the additional S-CNG badge on the tailgate. Also, since the CNG tank is fitted to the boot, this CNG hatchback has much lesser cargo space than the petrol model.
The new Celerio S-CNG model carries all the same tech equipment from the VXi trim of the petrol model. It comes with a similar air conditioning kit, central locking, power windows, electric adjust wing mirrors and split-folding rear seat. Safety features such as the standard dual airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors are also included with this.
The major differentiating factor with the 2022 Celerio S-CNG is its new generation 1.0-litre K10 DualJet petrol engine, now tuned to produce 57hp and 82.1Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm, 10hp and 6.9Nm lesser than the petrol variants of Celerio.
The factory-fitted CNG car is equipped with dual interdependent Electronic Control Units and an intelligent injection system, which is calibrated for increased performance across different terrains and fuel efficiency.
The engine comes paired with only a 5-speed manual gearbox, whereas the petrol version is also offered with a 5-speed AMT.
The new K10C engine has two fuel injectors per cylinder, a higher compression ratio and also has higher thermal efficiency. All this makes the new 2022 Maruti Suzuki Celerio S-CNG, the most fuel-efficient hatchback in India currently.
CV Raman, Chief Technology Officer, MSIL, had previously said in an interview, “There are no challenges as such to integrate CNG in the new engine with two injectors per cylinder. It will be seamlessly integrated on the new Celerio.”
Celerio S-CNG has a tank capacity of 60 litres and fuel efficiency of 35.60km/kg while the earlier petrol Celerio gave a fuel efficiency of 30.47km/kg.
- Hyundai Santro CNG (Rs 6.09 lakh-6.38 lakh, ex-showroom)
- Newly launched Tata Tiago CNG
- Hyundai Grand i10 Nios CNG
Anticipated CNG models from Maruti Suzuki
Right now, only the Swift, Dzire and Vitara Brezza are yet to receive CNG models. All three are currently under development and the carmaker has also announced CNG kits for its Nexa models depending on the customer demand. This could mean CNG models of the Ignis, XL6 and Baleno in future.