The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Ti­nashe Ma­kichi Motoring Cor­re­spon­dent

SUZUKI’s all-new Celerio, which re­places the pop­u­lar Alto mini hatch­back has been cre­ated to pro­vide buy­ers of small cars with a gen­er­ous and en­joy­able motoring ex­pe­ri­ence. The new­comer proves that com­pact does not need to be cramped and that style does not have to cost a for­tune.

De­vel­oped for world mar­kets and al­ready a top seller in In­dia, the Celerio reflects Suzuki’s un­ri­valled ex­per­tise as a pro­ducer of com­pact cars and SUVs with a con­cept that com­bines the user­friendly di­men­sions.

At the same time, the Celerio’s ef­fi­cient drive train de­liv­ers zesty dy­nam­ics, com­bined with eco­nom­i­cal fuel con­sump­tion. Its low car­bon diox­ide ex­haust emis­sions also en­dow the new Celerio with im­pres­sive en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials.

Mea­sur­ing 3,6 me­tres long and 1,6 me­tres wide, the new Celerio is a mem­ber of the mini hatch­back clan, mak­ing it the per­fect choice for zip­ping through city traf­fic or squeez­ing into tight park­ing spa­ces.

How­ever, the im­pres­sion of space when step­ping into the cock­pit of the Celerio is quite at odds with its com­pact foot­print. One of the rea­sons is a height of 1,53 me­tres, which en­sures an un­usual level of head­room and also thanks to an ex­tended wheel­base, short over­hangs and space-sav­ing sus­pen­sion, in­te­rior space is max­imised.

The Celerio matches its ef­fi­cient pack­ag­ing to at­trac­tive, mod­ern styling. A prom­i­nent chrome grille with broad, hor­i­zon­tal bars is the dom­i­nat­ing fea­ture, while bold head­lights add to the car’s ex­pres­sive ‘face’.

The Celerio fea­tures Suzuki’s (Curve In, Curve Out) de­sign and strong style lines de­mar­cat­ing the flanks and the shoul­der line of the hatch­back, con­tribut­ing to a sleek and stream­lined im­pres­sion.

The rear is dom­i­nated by the large tail­gate, which opens down to bumper level for con­ve­nient ac­cess to the cargo com­part­ment.

A fur­ther hall­mark of the new Celerio is its K10B three-cylin­der en­gine. The 1,0 litre unit com­bines am­ple urge with high ef­fi­ciency, en­sur­ing zippy per­for­mance and ex­cel­lent fuel con­sump­tion. The ve­hi­cle’s rated max­i­mum power is 50 kW at 6 000 r/min, com­bined with a torque peak of 90 Nm at a rel­a­tively low 3 500 r/min.

Depend­ing on model, the com­bined cy­cle fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of the Celerio is as low as 4,6 litres/100 km, with an associated CO2 emis­sions rat­ing of 108 g/km — well be­low the emis­sions tax thresh­old.

That trans­lates into an op­er­at­ing range of more than 750 km from a sin­gle 35 litre tank. The Celerio is the first Suzuki model to be fit­ted with the mar­que’s new au­to­mated man­ual gear­box, which al­lows clutch less opera- tion of a man­ual gear­box with­out the en­ergy losses usu­ally associated with con­ven­tional torque con­verter-based au­to­matic trans­mis­sions.

In­stead, it uses an elec­tro-hy­draulic ac­tu­a­tor to change gears with­out the need for a clutch pedal.

The sys­tem of­fers both full auto and man­ual shift modes, and en­sures a smooth shift ac­tion by syn­chro­nis­ing clutch con­trol, gearshift ac­tion and en­gine speed. A creep func­tion al­low smooth op­er­a­tion in stop-start city traf­fic, too.

Ben­e­fits of the au­to­mated man­ual gear­box in­clude re­duced weight, greater fuel ef­fi­ciency, af­ford­abil­ity and a fun driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It also en­sures that the Celerio be­comes the most fuel-ef­fi­cient au­to­matic trans­mis­sion car in South Africa.

The Celerio’s ef­fi­ciency and prac­ti­cal­ity are linked to a high de­gree of ac­tive and pas­sive safety. Dual front SRS airbags, an ABS anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem, in­er­tia reel seat­belts, child­proof door locks and a high-mounted third brake light are all stan­dard.

“The new Celerio fol­lows in the suc­cess­ful foot­steps of our pop­u­lar Alto mini hatch­back, but of­fers sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tages as far as space, prac­ti­cal­ity, style and over­all re­fine­ment are con­cerned,” says Yukio Sato, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Suzuki Auto South Africa.

“It proves that ul­tra-com­pact, highly ef­fi­cient pas­sen­ger cars can also of­fer their oc­cu­pants space, style and com­fort, sim­ply by ap­ply­ing in­tel­li­gent de­sign and pack­ag­ing.

As such, the Celerio is a fur­ther ex­pres­sion of Suzuki’s proven track record in de­sign­ing and de­vel­op­ing ex­cep­tional small cars.”

The new Suzuki Celerio is more than just a small car. It’s a thor­oughly mod­ern, in­tel­li­gently de­signed mini-hatch­back de­signed to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions at ev­ery turn.

The new Celerio has been de­signed and de­vel­oped as a global car, and is pro­duced by Suzuki in In­dia and Thai­land for ex­port to world mar­kets, in­clud­ing South Africa.

The new Suzuki Celerio is more than just a small car, it’s ef­fi­cient drive train de­liv­ers zesty dy­nam­ics, com­bined with eco­nom­i­cal fuel con­sump­tion.

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