Forecourt Update: Suzuki Celerio For 2015
Suzuki Celerio City Car Available February 2015
What Is it?
The Suzuki Celerio is a city car to rival the Ford Ka. It has five doors, five seats, and - the manufacturer claims - a “class leading” 254-litre boot. The UK launch is February 2015.
What Are The Engine Options?
From launch, power comes from a 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 68PS and 90Nm of torque. This 3-cylinder unit is teamed with 5-speed transmission, averages 65.7mpg, and emits carbon at a rate of 99g/km. The low emission figure ensures it can be taxed for free.
The more efficient “Dualjet” engine joins the range in summer. This power plant averages 78.4mpg and has emissions of 84g/km. It incorporates a system that automatically switches it off while the car is stationary in traffic, then restarts as required.
What Are The Trim Options?
The Celerio SZ3 trim includes: six airbags, remote central locking, a stability system to make cornering safer, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, digital radio, CD player, USB and Bluetooth.
The Celerio SZ4 also has rear electric windows, front fog lights, polished alloy wheels, body coloured wing mirrors and a chrome grille.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
The Dualjet engine is teamed with an Auto Gear Shift system. Suzuki claims the AGS system will reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
The AGS system is best perceived as a hybrid. Mechanically, it is a traditional manual – rather than a more expensive automatic – but gear changes are controlled automatically by a hydraulic shift actuator. This eliminates the need for a manual clutch.
The driver simply selects “D” for drive, “R” for reverse or “N” for neutral. There is no “P” for park, so a manually operated handbrake prevents the vehicle rolling while stationary.
The transmission also enables the motorist to select gears manually via a lever, and incorporates an automatic-style crawl mode that is particularity beneficial in stop/start traffic.
How Much Is It?
The Suzuki Celerio SZ3 costs £7,999 and the SZ4 is £8,999. Prices for Auto Gear Shift models are yet to be confirmed.