The new Celerio from Suzuki shouts one thing - the company are true experts in the field of compact cars.
The Celerio retains the company trademark, which is drivability, while providing an interior space that surpasses that of conventional A-segment cars as well as a class-leading luggage capacity of 254 litres.
It also boasts a new engine and transmissions and offers best-in-class low CO2 emissions, low fuel consumption and lively drive.
Irish models and price - Celerio GL K10B engine 99g/km (C02), €180 (tax) 4.3 l/100kms (consumption) €11,995; GLX K10B, 99g/km, €180, 4.3 l/100kms €12,995; GL K10C dual jet, 84g/km, €180, 3.6 l/100kms, €12,995.
Celerio offers best-in-class interior space and a luggage capacity of 254 litres; class-leading low CO2 emissions which is achieved through considerable weight reductions.
The Celerio development team aimed for a simple, ever-fresh, easy-to-use interior by providing a symmetrical design built around the centre panel. They have also achieved a sense of roominess which exceeds the actual size by using a keynote outward-facing form and making the top of the dashboard panel flat.
There is a range of seven exterior colours, including a new Cerulean blue pearl metallic, superior white 2, snow pearl white 2, star silver metallic 4, mineral grey metallic 2, super black metallic 2 and ablaze red perl 3.
The Celerio will be available with a choice of two engine types, including the new K10C.
The newly developed three cylinder 1.0-litre K10C petrol engine features major advances in thermal efficiency resulting from the improved compression ratio, the adoption of a dual-injection system, and friction reduction, and achieves a high-level balance between dynamic performance and fuel efficiency.
In conjunction with the development of the new Celerio, Suzuki has implemented various improvements, such as weight and friction reductions in the highly reliable K10B engine.
In conjunction with the development of the new car, Suzuki has implemented various improvements, such as weight and friction reductions in the highly reliable K10B engine.
To boost efficiency, torque loss has been reduced by 40% by the reduction of oil volume and the installation of low-loss bearings.
The ‘auto gear shift’
Additional to the 5-speed manual transmission is ‘Auto Gear Shift’, a newly developed automated manual transmission featuring the ‘Intelligent Shift Control Actuator’, which is an electronic hydraulic actuator that operates the shift and clutch automatically.
Driving is easier as Suzuki has also added a ‘creep’ drive feature which is convenient in heavy traffic and when garaging the car.
Features include Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), six airbags, ESP®, Hill-hold control and tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). More anon.