Suzuki's Alto replacement leaked
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire - The eager-beaver marketing mavens at Suzuki GB have released details of the Celerio city car, due to go on sale in Britain in February 2015.
This has stirred up a bit of a hornet's nest among their colleagues at Suzuki SA, who were hoping to keep the replacement for the entry-level Alto under the radar until at least a little closer to the South African launch of the Celerio in January.
Yes, that's right; South Africa will be the first country outside of India, where it's made, to get the new A-segment Suzuki global compact city car, first seen in public at the Geneva motor show in March this year.
Suzuki is known as a small-car company, and the Celerio certainly is compact - just 3600mm long on a 2425mm wheelbase, 1600mm wide and 1530mm high - but, thanks to a non-slanting roofline and upright seating, provides accommodation for five and 254 litres of boot space.
Standard kit, in the UK at least, will include air conditioning, alloy rims, radio/CD player with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, six airbags and electronic stability control.
The Celerio will be available at launch with Suzuki's familiar 998cc three-cylinder K-series petrol engine, rated for 50kW at 6000 revs and 90Nm at 3500rpm, driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual 'box, and using 4.3 litres per 100km in the combined cycle.
Scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2015 is a new DualJet version of the same engine with higher compression ratio, twin fuel-injectors and idle stop, mated to automated manual gearbox with a 'creep' function for heavy traffic, for which Suzuki promises the same outputs but at a combined-cycle cost of only 3.7 litres per 100km.