The new Celerio is the first Suzuki model to be fitted with the new automated manual gearbox, which allows clutchless operation of a manual gearbox without the energy losses usually associated with conventional torque converter-based automatic transmissions. Very clever.
The Celerio range replaces the Ato as the entry level offering in South Africa, but is a little bigger.
Suzuki finally offers a new generation normally aspirated three-cylinder one litre engine, in this case case delivering 50kW and 90Nm and promising less than 5 litre/100km fuel consumption.
This mini hatchback gives the impression of space on the inside thanks to its tall roof.
The Celerio is 100 mm longer and 70 mm taller than the outgoing Alto, while width has remained exactly the same. The wheelbase has increased by 65 mm to 2 425 mm, which greatly benefits interior space.
Compared to the Alto, headroom in the Celerio has improved by 21 mm in front, and by 43 mm at the rear. Significantly, there is also 60 mm more elbow room for rear occupants. The Celerio’s extended wheelbase has boosted rear legroom by 50 mm, while the rear footwells are 28 mm wider.
At 235 litres, the luggage capacity is best in class, while the large tailgate opens all the way down to bumper level, reducing the load sill height to just 692 mm.
The new automated manual gearbox uses an electro-hydraulic actuator to change gears without the need for a clutch pedal. The system offers both full auto and manual shift modes, and ensures a smooth shift action by synchronising clutch control, gearshift action and engine speed.
The AMT can operate in fully automatic mode, or in manual override, allowing the driver to change gears manually. There’s also a creep mode, which ensures smooth operation in stop-start urban traffic.
The Celerio is the most fuel efficient automatic car in our market.
Dual front SRS airbags, an ABS anti-lock braking system, inertia reel seatbelts, childproof door locks and a high-mounted third brake light are all standard.
The new Celerio is available in a choice three models, all powered by the same engine, but offering two transmission options and two specification levels: GA and GL.
The top of the range 1.0i GL AMT Alloy CR5 seems to be the best buy.
1.0i GA MT (No service plan) CR1 R109 900
1.0i GA MT Alloy (No service plan) CR2 R112 900
1.0i GL MT CR4 R124 900
1.0i GL MT Alloy CR3 R127 900
1.0i GL AMT CR6 R135 900
1.0i GL AMT Alloy CR5 R138 900
Retail price includes a 2 yr / 30 000km service plan