It is always a bonus when a car goes through it ‘refresh’ process and eases back into the market with changes but no increase in price – as has the Suzuki Celerio, although this time the revisions are all aesthetic and specification levels are untouched.
The revised Celerio sports a redesigned front bumper, which features an integrated lower air intake and more aggressive design.
Starting from the tar up, the bumper has a more integrated lower air intake, which narrows towards the top and ends narrower than the grille below the front number plate holder. The shape of the intake is mimicked by the moulded colour section around it to accentuate the wide blacked-out grille with its large Suzuki emblem.
With the new bumper, Suzuki’s designers created a distinct separate section for the front fog lights, which stretches all the way to the front lights and integrates neatly with the Celerio’s shoulder-liner. As before, Suzuki will add front fog lights as standard on the GL model.
Viewed in profile, the shoulder line now runs across the car from the rear light clusters all the way to the front fog lights, as well as redesigned wheel covers,
At the back, the new design is rounded off with the addition of a wide rear garnish strip that aligns with the shoulder line on the vehicle, which visually widens the Celerio’s stance on the road. As before, the GL specification level is distinguishable from outside by the colour coded mirrors and door handles and by the addition of chrome accents in the front grille.
The general layout of the front console and central instrument cluster remain unchanged but there is a two-tone design to the dashboard, with a lighter coloured bottom section.
The two-tone theme is mirrored in the new cloth upholstery, which has a lighter patterned section in the seat-inlays. The cloth was selected for its durability and ease of cleaning.
Both the entry-level GA and more luxurious GL models offer power steering, air-conditioning with pollen filter, vanity mirrors in both sun visors, a security cover and shopping bag hook in the luggage area and a 12V accessory socket as standard.
Both also offer anti-lock brakes, two front air bags, seat belts for five occupants, a high mounted additional stop lamp, an immobiliser and childproof rear door locks.
The GL specification level gains a Bluetooth-enabled audio system with phone integration and USB jack. GA models have been fitted with the necessary wiring and two speakers for optional radio fitment.
Other creature comforts in the GL model include front and rear power windows, remote central door locks with a hazard-lamp answer-back function and integrated security alarm, tilt adjustment for the multi-functional steering wheel and electrically adjustable rear side mirrors.
On the instrument cluster, Suzuki adds a tachometer and outside temperature gauge. It has also added cloth inserts in the doors, a 60/40 split foldable rear bench seat and a day/night rear-view mirror to the GL specification level.
The Celerio is fitted with Suzuki’s K10B 1,0-litre, three-cylinder engine, which offers 55 kW at 6 000 r/min and 90 Nm of torque at a peak of 3 500 r/min.
Owners can choose between the five-speed manual transmission and the five-speed automated manual transmission (AMT).
Suzuki has also retained the standard 2-year/60 000 km service plan on Celerio GL models.