Suzuki Auto South Africa has launched a refreshed version of its Celerio budget hatchback, with the range’s pricing unchanged and its “promotional” five-year/200 000 km warranty still intact.
As before, the local line-up comprises three derivatives, all powered by the Japanese automaker’s familiar naturally aspirated 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine (with unchanged outputs of 55 kW and 90 N.m), linked either to a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automated manual transmission.
So, what has changed? Well, the updated Celerio features a redesigned front bumper (complete with a new lower air intake), fresh front foglamps (for the GL models), redesigned wheel covers and apparently a new garnish strip round back (although we're struggling to see it). GL models are set apart from the entry-level GA variant by way of their colour-coded side-mirror caps and door handles, plus chrome accents in the grille.
Inside, the facia layout is unchanged, although it gains a new two-tone design, with a lighter coloured bottom section. This is mirrored in the new cloth upholstery, which features a lighter patterned section in the seat-inlays.
Specification lists for the base GA and high-specced GL derivatives remain unchanged, with all three models still featuring ABS, two airbags and an immobiliser as standard. As before, the two GL variants come standard with a two-year/60 000 km service plan and some extra kit (from an audio system with Bluetooth functionality to front and rear electric windows, remote central locking and electrically adjustable side-mirrors).
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