Small car expert Suzuki is getting its A-Game on with the launch of its all-new Celerio. Known for its stylish and chic exterior, the all-new model now adds a dose of practicality with the concept of “small on the outside, big on the inside”. It’s the company’s new answer to the country’s fast-growing Sub-B passenger car segment.
“We are very excited to showcase our A+ compact design to the Filipino market. You will all be amazed with the architecture of this model, particularly its best-in-class luggage capacity, superb ease and comfort in driving, and outstanding fuel efficiency. We are confident that this all-new Suzuki Celerio will set a new standard for its kind,” says Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki, President of Suzuki Philippines.
Sporting an overall length of just 3,600 millimeters, the generous 2,425-millimeter wheelbase along with improved packaging ensures abundant interior space. The big, wide-opening doors ensure easy ingress and egress. It has generous head and shoulder room for all five occupants. Furthermore, it has ample leg and knee room. And of course, with city cars fast becoming the preferred mode of transportation of upwardly mobile Filipinos, it has generous cargo room as well, swallowing 254 liters.
Keeping its dynamic, agile, and easy-to-maneuver design intact, it has an electric power assisted steering that improves both response and fuel effiency. In the front, it has independent MacPherson Struts while at the back is a rear Torsion Beam Axle.
An improved version of the 1.0-liter 12-valve 3-cylinder engine called KB10B is found on all Celerio models. Producing 67 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, it should make for peppy performance in the city. This engine is mated either to a proven 5-speed manual, or new for 2015, a CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission. The CVT, together with a 35-liter tank, should allow more kilometers between fuel stops.
Finally, it’s also a cut above the rest in terms of safety. Aside from a collapsible steering column, integrated side impact beams, and Suzuki’s patented TECT or Total Effective Control Technology that disperses crash energy away from the cabin, it also comes standard with dual SRS airbags and anti-lock brakes.
Now available at all Suzuki dealerships nationwide, it’s available in a wide array of eight fun colors: Snow White Pearl, Star Silver Metallic, Mineral Gray Metallic, Super Black Pearl, Ablaze Red Pearl, Cerulean Blue, Sunshine Yellow, and Rasberry Pink. It comes in two models: the 1.0 M/T (P 507,000) and the 1.0 CVT (P 542,000).