Suzuki has given its award-winning Celerio budget hatchback a visual update and buyers will be happy to know that pricing remains the same, starting from R136 900.
The Suzuki Celerio was the 2016/17 Budget Car champion of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - powered by WesBank and the model has now received an update with enhanced exterior and interior styling.
From the outside, the Celerio features a fresh front-end design with a redesigned bumper and a more pronounced blacked-out grille with a large Suzuki emblem taking pride of place. The design of the fog lights has also been reworked to blend with the headlights and shoulder line of the vehicle. A garnish strip is now seen at the rear to highlight the car’s width while the Celerio’s wheel covers have also been redesigned.
A subtle styling update gives the Celerio a refined look.
The top-spec GL derivative is differentiated with colour-coded side mirrors, door handles and chrome accents on the grille.
As for the interior, the dashboard now features a two-tone design with a lighter-coloured lower section which is also mimicked by the new upholstery which now features lighter patterned seat in-lays.
The Celerio is offered in GA or GL specification. Both derivatives feature power steering, air conditioning with pollen filter, vanity mirrors, a security cover and shopping bag hook in the luggage area and a 12V accessory socket as standard.
New seat upholstery lifts the interior ambience with a youthful design.
GL specification adds a Bluetooth-enabled audio system with phone integration and USB port as well as front and rear electric windows, remote central door locking, alarm system, tilt adjustment for the multi-functional steering wheel and electrically adjustable rear side mirrors.
The instrument cluster now features a tachometer and outside temperature gauge. Cloth inserts in the doors, a 60/40 split foldable rear bench seat and a day/night rear-view mirror is now also included in the GL specification level.
The same, proven 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine powers the Celerio and it offers 55 kW and 90 Nm of torque. It is offered with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT).
The Celerio returns low fuel consumption figures and Suzuki claims 4.6 L/100km for the automatic version, while the manual carries a claimed figure of 4.7 L/100km.
Suzuki Celerio - Price in SA
Celerio 1.0 GA - R136 900
Celerio 1.0 GL - R153 900
Celerio 1.0 GL AMT - R168 900
The Celerio is sold with a promotional 5-year/200 000 km warranty and GL models come with a 2-year/60 000 km service plan.