All-new Suzuki Celerio, facelifted Swift arriving Q1 2022: Report

Updated Jan 13, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The two hatchbacks form Suzuki PH’s opening salvo for 2022.

Fans of compact cars can expect at least two new offerings from Suzuki Auto Philippines for 2022, as the automaker is set to bring two new models to bolster its local small car lineup. 

2022 Suzuki Celerio

The all-new Celerio is an upgrade in all respects over its predecessor.

According to an Inquirer report, one of these is the third generation of its Celerio small hatchback, launched November last year by Maruti Suzuki in India. Underpinned by the fifth generation of Suzuki’s Heartect platform, it gets upsized dimensions all around compared to the outgoing model, with a relatively more streamlined stance. 

It sports a new grille flanked by wraparound halogen headlamps, with auto-folding side mirrors now included on the cleaner profile. Up to five occupants will appreciate the enlarged and updated interior that offers 313 liters of space for cargo. Onboard entertainment comprises a 7-inch infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

A next-generation K10C 3-cylinder gasoline engine makes its debut on the new Celerio, rated at 66 horsepower and 89 Nm of torque. A segment-first Idle Start-Stop technology improves fuel efficiency by up to 23 percent compared to the previous Celerio. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and Auto Gear Shift, the latter being already in use on some of Suzuki’s overseas models. 

Suzuki Swift facelift

A revised pair of headlamps accompanies the Swift's updated grille

The second model coming to our shores is the refreshed Swift subcompact hatchback, replacing the slats on the grille with a honeycomb pattern accompanied by a prominent chrome accent. Revamped headlamps now incorporate LED daytime running lights. 

For the interior, amenities such as automatic climate control, engine push start and keyless entry will reportedly be standard across the lineup. Higher trims will continue to have the 8-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available, and all variants are expected to be powered by the same 1.2-liter K12M engine making 82 horsepower and 113 nm of torque mated to either a 5-speed manual or CVT.    

The 2022 Suzuki Celerio should be having a local launch by March 2022 at the latest, while the refreshed Suzuki Swift is expected to arrive much earlier. Stand by for eventual updates on pricing and other details for these two models only at  

Know more about Suzuki Swift 2023

Suzuki Swift

The Swift is the Japanese small-car expert Suzuki's entry into the growing demand for reliable subcompact hatchbacks. For the Philippine market, the Suzuki Swift 2023 has one variant which is the Swift 1.2 CVT. It comes with a price tag of Php 844,000.  

Powering the Philippine-spec Suzuki Swift is a 1.2-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. This four-banger can make up to 82 horsepower and 113 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) only. Power is then sent to its front wheels. 

Size-wise, the Suzuki Swift 3,840mm long, 1,735mm wide, and 1,495mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,450mm, and a ground clearance of 120mm.  

Locally, the Swift Philippines competes against the likes of the Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Brio, Kia Picanto, and the Mazda2 Hatchback. 

₱ 844,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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