Suzuki Celerio unveiled

6 Feb, 2014 12:56pm Jonathan Burn

Suzuki reveals new global city car at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, euro-spec version set for Geneva reveal

Suzuki has revealed a new global A-segment vehicle at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, called the Celerio. The model will effectively be a replacement for the Suzuki Alto, which is being phased out of the Japanese manufacturer’s lineup.

Maturi Suzuki – an Indian based manufacturer which is a subsidiary of Suzuki – already produces a Celerio for the Indian market. This global Celerio is identical to the Indian-spec model, meaning the underpinnings are likely to be adopted. Overall length should be around 3,600mm.

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There is no official word on what engine will be fitted to the new model but the three-cylinder 68bhp 1.0-litre motor and five-speed manual gearbox from the outgoing Alto is a likely candidate. As the car is designed as a ‘global’ vehicle, the Celerio is likely to undercut the £7,199 price tag of the entry-level Alto. The main bulk of cost saving measures are likely to appear inside, with cheaper materials and less standard equipment.

Suzuki is playing its cards close to its chest with the Celerio but the manufacturer has stated it will feature “an exceptionally roomy interior for an A-segment car as well as low CO2 emissions continuing Suzuki’s reputation for pocket friendly motoring.”

More detailed information on the new A-segment vehicle will be announced when the car makes its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4.

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