Report: P.Tharyan ; Photography: Mohd. Nasir
really loves a diesel car. Every kilometer driven is a saving of sorts for them
because of the lower price of diesel fuel as compared to petrol. For Maruti
Suzuki it’s also a matter of pride when it comes to this new DDiS 125
2-cylinder 800 cc diesel engine that is at the heart of the Celerio car. For a
long time they have been relying on Fiat for their diesel engine, now they have
made one all by themselves. It’s the first diesel engine designed and developed
by Suzuki Motor Corporation. So when I got the keys to the new Celerio diesel I
was curious as to how smart the boys at Maruti Suzuki are when it comes to
making a diesel engine.
you tweak the engine to life, you are kind of surprised by the sound from the
diesel engine. It reminds you of the scooter you once owned or a Nano you once
drove. It’s not the sound of authority. But then as they say, calm waters run deep.
decided to do the shoot of the car on a Sunday morning. I was up by 4 am and I
had to reach the designated spot by 5.30, because that is the time when the
summer sun shows its friendly face to you for a wee bit of time. An hour later,
the same sun, begins you roast you alive!
to the 4.30 am drive to the 20km away spot for the shoot, the roads were almost
empty and the stray cows and dogs were presumably cuddled up in some dirty
corners of the streets. That, in short, meant I had a race track all to myself.
The moment I floored the accelerator pedal, the car zipped, and before long I
had touched the 100kmph speed. In fact you really do not know when the turbo
kicks in. It’s all zip, zap, zoom. It was as if the car was coaxing me to drive
faster. But then it’s also time for a lot of good sense to take control of your
emotions. I eased off the pedal and brought the speed to a sensible and legal
60kmph. I was convinced that the car could do a lot more, given the right
2-cylinder 800 cc diesel
47bhp @ 3500rpm
McPherson strut with coil spring
Coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Yes, I am
impressed by this diesel engine. You cannot expect a two-cylinder engine to
sound like a V8. It’s an impossible task. It’s like asking all the well-fed
obese Editors of all auto magazines to run the 100 metres in less than 1
minute! After the race there would be a spate of obituaries!
The sound of
the diesel engine may be a bit harsh for those standing outside but once you
are inside in the confines of the air-conditioned Celerio, you don’t hear a
thing and all you do is to enjoy the drive to your hilt. I got the top end
version of the car for a drive (ZDi) and since it’s a loaded car with more than
a handful of features, you cannot be complaining at all. In terms of comfort
and other practical offerings that this car has, the company has got it just
is claiming that this car offers 27.62 kmpl in certain test conditions, which
makes it India’s most fuel efficient car. As for the engine, the moment the
Celerio diesel car was launched, it marked the global launch of DDiS 125. The
Celerio petrol, one must remember was launched early 2014 and since then has
sold almost 1 lakh units. A good proportion of these are cars fitted with Auto
Gear Shift. The company also informs that Maruti Suzuki and its suppliers have
together invested over Rs 900 crore towards development of DDiS 125 and it
comes with over 97 per cent localisation.
So what is
this diesel engine all about? The DDiS 125 is compact and light weight and the cylinder
block is all aluminium. DDiS 125 comes with a compact fuel distribution system
and a turbocharger suited to a 2-cylinder engine. The company claims that by
decreasing compression ratio and installing a large intercooler it has combined
high torque in low RPM and fuel efficiency. Minimising friction, improving
thermal efficiency, adopting low viscosity lubricants have also helped enhance
the fuel efficiency in DDiS 125, the company explains.
It is this
compact turbocharger with intercooler that delivers a quick acceleration and
smooth drive. The hydraulic clutch system only makes it easy for you when you
On the looks
front, well it’s the same old beautiful Celerio, with the right curves at the
right places. The company calls its styling design CICO Styling – 'Curve in
Curve Out' styling. It’s meant to make the car appealing to the young.
space is very adequate and again it has been designed so well that it can
accommodate a small family along with loads of luggage. It also has an option
of 60:40 split flexibility in the rear seats to increase luggage capacity. The
small hatch also comes with features that enable you you to shuffle music
tracks, adjust volume levels, answer and make calls without taking your hands
off the wheel. That’s quite a bit of luxury packed into a small car. There is
easy access to all controls with features like integrated audio with Bluetooth
connectivity and steering mounted audio controls. The multi-info panel displays
information such as instantaneous fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency,
range, etc. I guess with all that you have got to be content with the Celerio
diesel ZDi. It’s lasting fun with this car!
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