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All-new Suzuki Celerio has a youthful vibe

This city car clearly has its sights on young buyers

The all-new Celerio has a rather cute face. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Even in basic cars, customers these days are picky with styling. And while the Suzuki Celerio is a decent and reliable product, its design will not really win the hearts of young buyers. Fortunately, the automaker has given its supermini a youthful face this time around.

The black alloy wheels are a good match with this blue paint. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

Gone are the straight edges of the old model, replaced with curvaceous body panels and rounded design elements. It sort of looks like a cartoon character, helped by the fact that the large, black front-bumper accent somewhat gives it a funny grin. In addition, range-topping variants come with black alloy wheels, which seem to be popular with first-time buyers.

Given the Celerio’s size and target price, one can only put so much standard equipment on it. But Suzuki seems to have gotten the essentials right. For the Indian market where the car was launched, top-spec variants get a seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a push-start button.

Suzuki is confident in the reliability of its automated manual transmission. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

The all-new Celerio is built on Suzuki’s proprietary Heartect platform, which is said to offer more rigidity and a lower curb weight. Under the hood is an equally new K10C 1.0-liter engine, which is good for 66hp and 89Nm. This can be paired with a traditional or automated manual transmission. In India, all Celerio variants come with a start-stop system, and higher-spec ones are equipped with hill-start assist.

The K10C engine is equipped with a start-stop system as standard. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Given the rising price of fuel these days, Suzuki is quite pleased to say that the Celerio can do up to 26.68km/L. Another bit of good news is the SRP, which starts at 499,000 Indian rupees (P336,188). And that’s for cars with steel wheels, manual windows, and manual locks.

There is no word yet if or when the all-new Celerio will come to the Philippines. But if it does, expect units to be generously equipped, with prices closely matching that of the Toyota Wigo and the Mitsubishi Mirage.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.