2022 Suzuki Celerio debuts in India with sleeker design, more tech

Updated Nov 10, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Suzuki’s small hatchback features a new design and powertrain.

Introduced in 2014, the Suzuki Celerio has made its name as one of the brand’s smallest and most economical models in markets where it’s sold. That makes the mini hatchback just about ripe for a new iteration, and Maruti Suzuki has unveiled the 2022 Celerio for the Indian market.

2022 Suzuki Celerio front shot

All-new Suzuki Celerio debuts in India

According to Maruti Suzuki CEO & Managing Director Kenichi Ayukawa, hatchbacks comprise 46 percent of the Indian car market, as compact and entry-level cars form the bulk of purchases. “We have to pay special attention to the volume segment,” he said. “The all-new Celerio is a delightful package that will appeal to the new age hatchback customer.”

The new-generation Celerio is designed around the fifth-generation Heartect platform, placing a greater emphasis on safety. Maruti Suzuki Marketing & Sales Senior Executive Director Shashank Srivastava noted that the new Celerio has been in development for three years, and is now targeted towards a young, stylish, and tech-savvy demographic.     

Exterior

Compared to the rather tall stance of the outgoing model, the new Celerio is relatively sleeker in appearance, combining sweeping curves with an organic three-dimensional design. A radiant grille replaces the previous one, sporting chrome trim and surrounded by swept-back halogen headlamps. A new front bumper trim incorporates fog lamp housings at the front corners.

2022 Suzuki Celerio side shot

The Celerio gets a new set of wheels

The character lines have been reduced along the profile to give the car a cleaner appearance, with only the dimpled wheel arches serving as a major visual element. Turn signal indicators now come mounted on the power-folding side mirrors. The roofline now tapers down towards the rear, where revamped combination taillights surround the tailgate, accompanied by a more modern-looking rear bumper with new reflectors.  

Interior

There’s still room for up to five occupants on the redesigned interior, with improved legroom for better comfort. The dashboard carries a center-focused design with more angular lines on the glove box and center stack, with the central air-conditioning vents complemented by barrel-themed louvres at the sides.

2022 Suzuki Celerio interior

It can still accommodate up to 5 occupants

An upgraded steering wheel now features switches for audio and communications, while climate control functions are still operated manually through rotary dials. The cargo area has grown by 40 percent, now holding up to 313 liters of luggage.

Tech & Safety

The instrument panel has been redesigned, now combining a large analog speedometer with a digital tachometer. Like its outgoing predecessor, the 2022 Celerio retains the touchscreen head unit at the center of the dashboard.

2022 Suzuki Celerio infotainment system

The all-new Celerio's 7-inch infotainment touchscreen

One significant upgrade is that the 7-inch display on the new model now offers support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which should come as good news for those who want to stream multimedia from their smartphones. Push-button engine start is also offered.

Standard safety equipment on the new Celerio includes dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, rear camera, reverse parking sensors, speed alert, and seatbelt reminders. For the first time in its segment, the 2022 Celerio comes with hill-hold assist. 

Engine & Drivetrain

The new Celerio is the first Suzuki to come equipped with a next-generation 1.0-liter K10C 3-cylinder engine. The power plant comes with dual variable valve timing, dual injectors, and a cooled exhaust gas recirculator.

Power figures are listed at 66 horsepower and 89 Nm of torque. These are slightly lower numbers than the ones on the outgoing model, but the engine comes with Dualjet technology for better thermal management. Start-stop technology is also included to improve fuel efficiency, up to 23 percent compared to the old model.

2022 Suzuki Celerio front shot

2022 Suzuki Celerio

Suzuki has replaced the old continuously variable transmission with a 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission, while the 5-speed manual gearbox will still be offered. The carmaker says that the all-new Celerio is capable of driving 26.68 kilometers for every liter of gasoline.

Pricing

In the Indian market, the 2022 Suzuki Celerio is offered in seven variants, starting at INR 499000 (Php 336,565) for the base LXI manual to INR 694000 (Php 468,000) for the range-topping ZXI+ AMT. Hopefully production commences soon in Thailand, where Suzuki Philippines currently sources the Celerio for our market.

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Know more about Suzuki Celerio 2022

Suzuki Celerio

The 2022 Suzuki Celerio is a subcompact hatchback. In the Philippine market, it has two variants. There’s the Celerio 1.0 MT, and the Celerio 1.0 AGS. These come at a price of Php 708,000 and Php 754,000, respectively.

Size-wise, the third-generation Celerio is 3,695mm long, 1,655mm wide, and 1,555mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,435mm, and a ground clearance of 170mm.

Under the hood, the 2022 Celerio uses a 1.0-liter K10C inline-3 gasoline engine capable of making up to 66 horsepower and 89 Nm of torque. It can either be paired to a five-speed manual gearbox, or an automated gear shift transmission (AGS).

Locally, the Celerio competes against the likes of the Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage, Kia Picanto, Honda Brio, etc.
 

₱ 708,000 - ₱ 754,000

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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 Philkotse.com’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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