2015 Suzuki Celerio to replace Alto in Oz
Suzuki has revealed UK pricing and details of its new-generation, Alto-replacing 2015 Suzuki Celerio micro car. They’re expected to closely resemble Australian spec.
BOUND FOR AUSTRALIA early in 2015, the Suzuki Celerio is part of the refreshing of Suzuki’s global line-up which will see some models dropped and all-new models introduced. The 2015 Suzuki Celerio is just such a model and will become the Japanese car maker’s single micro car around the world in 2015 when it replaces the Splash and Alto.
Aimed squarely at the Mitsubishi Mirage which dominates sales in the micro car segment, the Celerio, Suzuki says, “offers compact car ease of driving, while providing an elevated driving position, interior space that surpasses most conventional A-segment cars as well a class leading luggage capacity of 254 litres”.
Specification and pricing has just been announced for the Celerio in the UK and we can expect Australian-delivered cars to mirror UK spec. That means, six airbags (Driver, passenger, side and curtain), ESP, air conditioning, alloy wheels, DAB Radio, CD Tuner, USB, Bluetooth connectivity and remote central locking. Available in two specs, the higher spec model adds polished alloy wheels, rear electric windows, front fog lamps, body coloured door mirrors and chrome front grille.
The 2015 Suzuki Celerio measures 3600mm long, 1600mm wide and stands 1540mm high, offering a turning circle of just 9.4 metres. At launch, the Celerio will carry over the Alto’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine but will be joined next year by a “new engine” that will return around 3L/100km, adds stop/start as well as Suzuki’s new Auto Gear Shift (AGS). “This system features an Intelligent Shift Control Actuator positioned at the top of the transmission that operates the gearshift and clutch automatically.
“With AGS, the driver can enjoy the effortless driving of an automatic, particularly in City traffic, but without any loss in fuel efficiency or increase in CO2 emissions that would normally be the case with a conventional torque converter equipped automatic transmission.”
While UK pricing has been announced, Suzuki in Australia has yet to announce local pricing for the 2015 Celerio which will be produced in Thailand. The Alto is currently sourced from India. We’ll have more information closer to the time of the local release.