The all-new Suzuki Celerio has launched in South Africa (keep an eye out for our in-depth launch review), with the local arm of the Japanese automaker saying the first models will be delivered to customers within this week. See pricing for the three-strong line-up below…
Outside, the new Celerio’s bodywork has been designed to feature an array of bolder, three-dimensional styling cues, with notable revisions found all-round the budget car. Suzuki’s designers have handed the latest version a more rounded and sculpted exterior.
The front end features an oval-shaped grille, complete with chrome strips that span towards the S emblem sited in the centre. The grille is flanked by ‘teardrop’ headlamps. The revised lower bumper features fog lamps on top-spec GL models.
Speaking of the high-spec derivative, GL trim gains 15-inch alloy wheels, which are finished in a dark hue. The entry-level GA rides on 14-inch steel items, complete with “modern” wheel covers.
Underpinned by a new version of Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform, the latest Celerio weighs a mere (claimed) 805 kg. The architecture, Suzuki says, has also increased body strength, ride and handling performance, as well as crash-test safety.
Continuing with safety, all models are fitted with ESP as standard. Dual front airbags and Isofix anchorages are part of the package, as is ABS, EBD and EBA. The AMT-equipped model gains hill-hold assistance. Rear parking sensors are standard across the range.
On to specification. Inside, the top-tier GL models feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, complete with Suzuki’s latest software. This item offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On GL models, the distance (displayed in bars) when parking is displayed on the screen. GL variants also gain a digital tachometer, sited to the right-hand side of the analogue speedo. A multifunction steering wheel can also be found inside the GL. In terms of space, the luggage capacity has increased to 295 litres.
Sited below the bonnet, the Celerio is powered by the Japanese company’s K10C DuelJet engine. The 1.0-litre, normally aspirated triple produces 49 kW and 89 Nm of torque. The GA model exclusively ships with a five-speed manual transmission, while the GL can be had with either a five-speed manual ‘box or AMT. Suzuki claims the manual models return a fuel consumption figure of only 4.4 L/100 km. The AMT-equipped variant sips 0.2 L/100 km less.
As standard, the Celerio range is sold with a five-year/200 000 km mechanical warranty. GL models, however, feature a two-year/30 000 km service plan as well.
Suzuki Celerio pricing:
- 1.0 GA MT: R174 900
- 1.0 GL MT: R194 900
- 1.0 GL AMT: R209 900