Suzuki Celerio steps in
Suzuki Auto South Africa has released pricing as well as spec details of its much hyped about Alto budget car replacement, the Celerio.
As with its predecessor, the Celerio is built by the Japanese marque’s Maruti division in India but features a more angular frontal appearance and a revised less quirky interior resembling the more upmarket Swift.
Using the same approach as the Alto, Suzuki has made the Celerio available in three models, each using a the firm’s brand new K10B 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol engine that produces 50 kW and 90 N.m of torque. Fuel consumption is a claimed 4.7 L /100 km and CO2 figures at 110g / km.
In a first, the Celerio also debuts with Suzuki’s Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission that is claimed to offer the driveability and ease of an automatic, with the efficiency of a manual.
Essentially a five-speed manual box, the AGS does away with a normal clutch pedal in favour of a hydraulically operated unit that allows the driver to use it like an automatic. The system however doesn’t feature a Park function like a traditional manual or auto box (only Reverse, Neutral and Drive) but does come with an override that allows for gears to be changed manually. Suzuki claims a 0.1 L /100 km improvement in fuel economy for the AGS and a 2g/100 km reduction in emissions.
Standard equipment on the base GA model includes air-conditioning, power steering, ABS with dual front airbags, 14-inch steel wheels, radio prep with two speakers, five cupholders and pre-tensioning seatbelts. Sitting at the top of the range, the GL adds colour coded doors and mirrors, the aforementioned chrome grille and alloys, steering wheel mounted audio controls, central locking, electric windows and mirrors, a four-speaker sound system with MP3, USB and Bluetooth, 12v power socket and a 60/40 split rear seat.
A three year / 100 000 km warranty is standard on all models with the GL also including a two-year / 30 000 km service plan.
SUZUKI CELERIO PRICING
1.0 GA - R109 900
1.0 GL - R124 900
1.0 GL AGS - R135 900
IMAGE sourced from www.suzukiauto.co.za
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