Suzuki sweet

Suzuki has long been one of our unsung heroes, with its range of compact and affordable cars and SUVs. Now the company has a new and exciting string to its bow.

The new Suzuki Celerio goes on sale here on December 1. There will be three models in the Celerio range on offer here, the GL, GLX and a GL with Suzuki’s Dual Jet engine and these will be priced respectively at €11,995 and €12,995.

Suzuki says the new car is a new type of A-segment vehicle — they call it an “A+ compact.”

It retains the trademark compact car 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 new transmissions and offers best-in-class low CO2 emissions, low fuel consumption and lively drive. All these elements have been packed into a dynamically-styled vehicle with a unique colour line-up.

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.

Both these engines are three cylinder units with a DOHC camshaft layout and they have similar power outputs (50 kW) but different torque characteristics.

Two new transmission types have been developed for the Celerio — a newly developed 5-speed manual transmission and a new auto ‘box.

The new Celerio features Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT). High-tensile steel, along with features such as crumple zones, a frame structure that effectively disperses impact load, and a high-strength cabin structure that protects occupants. Combined, they result in a lightweight body with outstanding impact-absorbing performance.

Other safety features include: six airbags as a protection against frontal and lateral collisions; ESP to support stable driving; hill-hold control to prevent the car sliding backwards during a hill start; and tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) helps the user to keep the tyres correctly inflated.

We will get to drive the new small Suzuki in the near future, so keep an eye on this space for a full report on what we expect to be an excellent addition to the supermini segment.


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