The Suzuki Celerio : Small but perfectly formed

 Suzuki has always done things small .When you think of Suzuki you think of the Swift, Jimny, Vitara/Grand Vitara, and even the Super Carry. To the brand, small isn’t a bad thing at all. Rather, it is a statement. With that, Suzuki has introduced the Celerio, a model that straddles the line as a bigger brother to the Alto and a smaller sibling to the Swift. Suzuki is aimed mainly at urban people who want a small car that offers style and enjoyment together. By keeping weight to a minimum and the car compact and bijou it reduces running costs but still keeping it stylish.

Suzuki offers five different colours for the Celerio all metallic – Arctic White Pearl Metallic, Silky Silver Metallic, Fortune Rose Pearl Metallic, and Paradise Blue Pearl Metallic.

The colours remind me slightly of nail varnish.

Inside the Celerio, cuteness is replaced by a bit of manliness, evident in the front with the red illumination over the black and grey dashboard. The tachometer is absent from the main dash and is placed next to the driver’s air-con vents like a turbo gauge to add a little racer-feel to cockpit. There is a host of practical features. Electronic power steering, power door locks, front power windows, and keyless entry system are some of the convenience features. Audiophiles will appreciate the integrated audio system with MP3 capability auxiliary input and 6-speakers

More value-added features include a functional instrument panel that incorporates a dash-mounted tachometer and digital trip meter. A host of storage spaces such as front cup holders and rear door bottle holders, front/rear door pockets accommodate all the necessary driving gear. When needed, the rear seats fold down for additional luggage space

The 999cc, inline-3 SOHC engine may not be a strong engine, but when putting the “pedal to the metal,” the engine actually sounds like a V6 on full throttle. Take note though, that sounding like a V6 is very different from performing like a V6 engine. On the other hand, it is capable of short overtaking manoeuvres and fuel consumption is low.

Being a small car, the Celerio’s handling is pretty stable on bends. That is, of course, if the bends are not taken at full speed.

The Celerio has front dual air-bags as well as ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution).

It also incorporates Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (Tect); a strong cabin structure that absorbs and disperses impact energy ensures a high-level of passenger safety.

Japanese-chic is one word that would describe the Suzuki Celerio. European styling but still definitely Japanese. Whether in Fortune Rose Pearl Metallic or any other colour, the Celerio will turn heads.

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