$15,990 open for small Suzuki

$15,990 open for small Suzuki

Suzuki New Zealand had officially launched the Suzuki Celerio, replacing the Alto and Splash in its small car range.

The Thai-built Celerio has had a troubled start, with right-hand-drive variants taken temporarily off the road in some market due to a brake failure issue.

The company is pushing the space and economy aspects of the car, noting its official combined fuel cycle test factory figures show is 8.3% more economical than the automatic Alto.

The range starts at $15,990 for the 5-speed manual gearbox version and $17,500 for the CVT transmission model.

Sitting on a 2,425 mm wheelbase, a 65 mm increase on the Alto, the Celerio’s overall length of 3,600 mm is 100 mm more than the Alto, while the new era high body design lifts overall height by 70 mm.

The front wheel drive Celerio is powered by the proven Suzuki K10B 998cc, producing 50 kW of power at 6,000 rpm, and peak torque of 90 Nm at 3,500 rpm.

In the independent fuel consumption tests, the manual Celerio averaged 4.7 litres/100 km in the combined cycle, 4.1 litre/100 km in the extra-urban (open road) cycle, and 5.8 litres/100 km in the urban cycle.

Standard equipment includes six-spoke aluminium alloy wheels, electric power steering, air conditioning, driver’s seat height adjustment, an USB connection, CD tuner, steering wheel controls for the Bluetooth connectivity, rev counter, remote central door locking, five cup holders, electric door mirror control and front and rear electrically operated windows.

The safety equipment list includes six air bags and ESP (electronic stability programme).

“Consumers are going to appreciate the many Celerio convenience features,” says Gary Collins, general manager of motor vehicle marketing for Suzuki New Zealand. “For example, the easy-use computer provides instant and average fuel consumption, and there is a handy tank range indicator.”

He said owners would also appreciate the fully lined interior, the wide-opening doors, flat cabin floor and two-third splits folding rear seat and load compartment hook for shopping bags.

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