• All-new Suzuki Celerio to set standard in segment

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    Suzuki Philippines officials pose with the all-new Celerio: (left to right) Managing Director Norminio Mojica, president Hiroshi Suzuki and General Manager for Automobile Shuzo Hoshikura.

    Suzuki Philippines officials pose with the all-new Celerio: (left to right) Managing Director Norminio Mojica, president Hiroshi Suzuki and General Manager for Automobile Shuzo Hoshikura.

    With its continuously variable transmission and a host of new and upgraded features, the all-new Suzuki Celerio can become the leader in its class where almost all the major vehicle brands in the country have a presence.

    Suzuki Philippines launched its all-new Celerio at The Bellevue Hotel in Muntinlupa City last Wednesday, calling it the “Extra Large Small Car.”

    The all-new Celerio is 100-millimeters longer, has 5mm lower ground clearance, and 65mm longer in wheelbase compared to the previous generation. The width of the car stays the same, but has 15mm wider front tread and 10mm wider rear tread. The front overhang has been removed, adding 70mm to the headroom. The differences make for a larger boot (trunk) space of 254 liters, following Suzuki’s A+ design concept with “small on the outside, big on the inside” principle.

    “We have sold around 5,900 units of the previous generation Celerio since 2009, maybe we can hopefully sell more than that. I am very confident that it would become the class leader in the segment,” Suzuki Philippines general manager Shuzo Hoshikura said.

    Various elements in the exterior design has been changed to make it as aerodynamically efficient as possible, such as lines that flow beneath the door handles to the rear, the new, more angular front fascia and the aerodynamically enhanced roofline, which allows the car to be as fuel-efficient as possible. Suzuki product development supervisor Kennedy Adia said the all-new Celerio maintains the aerodynamic nature of the previous generation, which improves the performance of the car.

    The car comes in eight colors: Snow White Pearl; Star Silver Metallic; Mineral Grey Metallic; Super Black Pearl; Ablaze Red Pearl; Cerulean Blue; Sunshine Yellow; and Raspberry Pink.

    The all-new Celerio also comes with Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology or TECT that puts into place an impact-absorbing body using high tensile material. The front fascia design, combined with the long bonnet, also reduces impact to pedestrians. During collisions, the front parts will collapse and absorb the impact to minimize casualties.

    The interior space is more than expected from an econobox, thanks to its slightly larger body for more rear legroom and a bigger boot. Simple bucket seats may limit some ergonomic adjustments, but is rather spacious for an econobox. Standard in the interior are three cupholders, (two in the front and one in the back) and an audio system with USB connectivity.

    Powering the new car is an improved version of the K10B 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, with a maximum output of 67 horsepower at 6,000 revolutions per minute and 90 Newton-meters of torque at 3,000 rpm. The all-new Celerio has two transmission choices: a five-speed manual and a CVT, a first in its class.

    Suzuki claims the all-new Celerio has a fuel economy of 27.7 kilometers per liter. When interviewed by Fast Times, Hoshikura said Suzuki Philippines needs to do sufficient testing in local conditions to determine the accurate fuel economy figures but added that 20 kpl in the city can be achieved.

    Suzuki Philippines is pricing the Celerio M/T at P507,000 and P542,000 for the CVT variant.

    Both models feature dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, childproof rear-door locks, immobilizers, defoggers, side impact beams and keyless entry system as standard.

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