Suzuki's Alto replacement leaked

Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
The eager-beaver marketing mavens at Suzuki GB have released details of the Celerio city car, due to go on sale in Britain in February 2015.

This has stirred up a bit of a hornet's nest among their colleagues at Suzuki SA, who were hoping to keep the replacement for the entry-level Alto under the radar until at least a little closer to the South African launch of the Celerio in January.

Yes, that's right; South Africa will be the first country outside of India, where it's made, to get the new A-segment Suzuki global compact city car, first seen in public at the Geneva motor show in March this year.

Suzuki is known as a small-car company, and the Celerio certainly is compact - just 3600mm long on a 2425mm wheelbase, 1600mm wide and 1530mm wide - but, thanks to a non-slanting roofline and upright seating, provides accommodation for five and 254 litres of boot space.

Standard kit, in the UK at least, will include air conditioning, alloy rims, radio/CD player with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, six airbags and electronic stability control.

The Celerio will be available at launch with Suzuki's familiar 996cc three-cylinder K-series petrol engine, rated for 50kW at 6000 revs and 90Nm at 3400rpm, driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual 'box, and using 4.3 litres per 100km in the combined cycle.

Scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2015 is a new DualJet version of the same engine with higher compression ratio, twin fuel-injectors and idle stop, mated to automated manual gearbox with a 'creep' function for heavy traffic, for which Suzuki promises the same outputs but at a combined-cycle cost of only 3.7 litres per 100km.

Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
Maruti Celerio : Official Review - 4 June 2014

The Maruti Celerio is on sale in India at a price of between Rs. 3.76 - 4.78 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

What you’ll like:

• The cheapest Automatic car in India. LXi AMT starts at merely Rs. 4.14 lakhs
• Celerio AMT is a breeze to drive in the city. Has 'manual mode' too
• Well-packaged cabin. Decent legroom, excellent headroom and a 235 liter boot
• K-next engine has peppy performance & good fuel economy
• Suspension offers neutral ride quality & predictable handling
• Maruti’s excellent after-sales service & wide dealer network

What you won’t:

• ZXi trim and safety features (ABS & Airbags) unavailable with the AMT. Also, VXi trim is poorly equipped
• AMT lacks the refinement & shift-speed of conventional ATs
• 3-cylinder 1.0L against competitors that have smoother 4-cylinder 1.2L engines
• Flimsy build & economy-grade quality. NVH levels could be better as well
• Manual variant is overpriced. The more accomplished Ritz (Splash in UK & SA) costs only a little more
• The Celerio AMT currently has an extremely long waiting period

The Maruti Celerio is based on the Suzuki A-Wind concept which was unveiled at the Thailand Motor Show back in November '13.

There's no doubt that the Celerio is what the 2014 Alto should have been (it also replaced the A-Star in India, that was essentially the 7th-gen Alto worldwide).

But then, every other manufacturer follows this practice in our price sensitive hatchback segment, including Hyundai who sells the Eon, Santro, i10 & Grand i10 side by side.

Maruti has always insisted that an overlapping product range is better than losing a sale to a competitor.

The Alto 800 & K10 sell over 20,000 units month after month; Maruti doesn't want to disrupt that ready business.

There's no market other than India where Suzuki can sell multiple generations of the Alto concurrently with this level of success.

Must add, the company smartly didn't name the Celerio as the next-gen A-Star (as the A-Star brand flopped in India).