The new Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is the latest mini-crossover from the auto-giant, Maruti Suzuki. Its design has been inspired by the company’s entry-level hatchback, Celerio and is most likely to go up against the big hatchback, Mahindra KUV100 from the home-grown auto manufacturer.
We have witnessed a change in the customer preferences over the years towards compact cars, which gives the compact SUVs an edge over other cars. However, the crossover segment cars are yet to witness the same success in the Indian market. Keeping that in mind, Maruti Suzuki has introduced the Celerio X in a pseudo-crossover design that looks similar to compact SUVs.
Let’s see whether the latest crossover from Maruti Suzuki will be able to take on the established Tallboy hatch, Mahindra KUV100 or not.
The pseudo crossover-ish design of the Maruti Celerio X is bound to attract the buyers. It is sturdily built and comes with premium touches every here and there along with black finish at the right places. It has received a new grille design, dual-tone front bumper with black trim and LED headlights with DRLs. In addition to the above changes from the company’s hatchback model, it also gets black ORVMs with turn indicators. The rear looks formidable, while the car sports 14-inch alloy wheels.
In terms of design, the Mahindra KUV100 clearly has the SUV stance with a higher ground clearance. It looks far better than the Mahindra’s Celerio X crossover with a more aggressively built front, curves around the body and equally praiseworthy rear. Moreover, the 14-inch alloy wheels are sportier in nature.
The interior design of the Mahindra Celerio X has also received certain positive changes over the hatchback. It sports fabric wrapped seats with orange accents and a completely new dashboard. It receives an audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Moreover, it gets a multi-functional steering wheel. As far as the safety is concerned, the driver gets an airbag as standard, while the passenger airbag and ABS system is restricted only to the top-end trims.
The cabin of the Mahindra KUV100 is more spacious with comfortable seats for the occupants. On the center console, there is a 3.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity options. All the variants get an ABS with EBD as standard safety equipment, while the dual airbags are offered as optional in the lower trims.
Under the hood, the Celerio X derives its power from the same engine that drives the company’s hatchback, Celerio. It features the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that is capable enough to produce a maximum power output of 67 bhp against a peak torque of 90 Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
But if you look at the Mahindra KUV100, it is powered by both diesel and petrol engine. The 1.2-litre mFalcon petrol engine delivers a maximum power output of 82 bhp and a peak torque of 114 Nm, while the 1.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine produces a maximum power output of 77 bhp against a peak torque of 190 Nm. Both the engines get a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Maruti Celerio X crossover is expected to be priced within the range of Rs 4.75 lakh and Rs 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the prices of the different variants can be easily fetched from the Autoportal.com. On the other hand, prices of the petrol models of KUV100 starts at Rs 4.58 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and goes up to Rs 6.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the diesel variants are priced between Rs 5.60 lakh and Rs 7.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Mahindra KUV100 has got the upper hand over the latest Maruti Suzuki crossover in all aspect, starting from styling to powertrain. Mahindra KUV100 looks to be a premium model comparatively and is most likely to be a threat for the Maruti Celerio X in the Indian market.