The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is the latest addition in the Indian hatchback segment and is based on the standard Celerio. However, the best part is that the car will not be facing a very stiff competition as such mini crossover-like cars are limited as of now.
But the competition cannot be put off completely as the entry of the Datsun GO Cross will make the existence a little difficult. Expected to be priced slightly below the Indo-Japanese counterpart, the GO Cross could be a better value-for-money product than the Maruti Celerio X cross.
However, things cannot be taken without analyzing the fact that Maruti Suzuki is India’s largest automaker and has been one of the most trusted brands over the years. So before the two cars are launched, let’s find out which of the two is worth your money and why.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X looks like a more rugged version of the standard Celerio with the additional cladding generously distributed all over the body. The front section gets excessive cladding on the bumper along with a blacked-out grille. The wheel arches look butch with the cladding lining that passes all along the lower skirts. However, the rear portion stands out from the standard version with the cladding taking up a bulk of the rear bumper.
The Datsun GO Cross too is derived from the standard GO hatchbacks and has similar dimensions as the GO Plus. It gets big and attractive skid plates at both ends. Moreover, even the cladding on the wheel arches and lower skirts are thicker, along with bigger roof rails.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X will be getting the same engine and mechanical specifications as the hatchback version. The same 1.0-litre K10 engine will be doing the duties of producing 67 bhp of power at 6,000 revs per minute and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 revs per minute. The same 5-speed manual transmission unit will be sending down the power to the front wheels. The company may consider adding an AMT gearbox unit too.
Similarly, the Datsun GO Cross will be getting the same 1.2-litre petrol engine from its hatchback sibling. The engine will be making a maximum power of 67 bhp at 5,000 revs per minute against a good torque of 104 Nm at 4,000 revs per minute. Transmission duties will be fulfilled by the same 5-speed manual unit. We are also expecting to see a new diesel engine in the lineup, borrowed from the bigger Renault or Nissan cars. However, the engine will be detuned to fit the mini crossover segment.
Which one to buy?
Maruti Suzuki is a very trusted automaker in the country and most of the customers are inclined towards buying their cars more often. However, considering the fact that Nissan has been doing good business with Datsun in India thus far, which proves that the cars sold under the Datsun branding are highly worthy of their price.
Keeping in mind that the Datsun GO Cross will have a slightly lesser price tag than the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X, the former turns out to be a profitable buy. Moreover, the GO Cross appears to be more rugged and attractive than the Indo-Japanese car.
So if you are up for the Datsun GO Cross, keep your fingers crossed and hope that the company introduces a diesel variant too, just to keep the car more economical besides bringing the much-needed variation.