If you've been waiting for a new Celerio to arrive, it's finally here. Suzuki has officially revealed the 2022 Celerio in India. Now on its third generation, the humble hatchback gets a new look inside and out, improved powertrain, and upgraded features and amenities.
Starting with the exterior, the hatchback gets a complete redesign from nose to tail. The front fascia gets bold new headlights, a larger grille, and a sportier bumper with black trim. Along the side, Suzuki made the wheel arches more defined and is complemented by black alloy wheels. At the rear, there's a larger pair of taillights and a redesigned tailgate.
Size-wise, the 2022 Celerio is now bigger than the second-generation model. It now measures 3695mm long, 1655mm wide, and 1555mm tall. This makes the new hatchback 95mm longer, 55mm wider, and 15mm taller. The wheelbase has also been stretched by 10mm to 2435mm.
Inside, the interior underwent a major overhaul as well. Aside from the updated dashboard, there are new aircon vents, an updated instrument panel, redesigned gear selector, and a larger steering wheel complete with multimedia controls. The hatchback also has an all-black interior, fabric seats, faux chrome accents, and a new touchscreen infotainment system.
Thanks to the longer wheelbase, Suzuki claims the 2022 Celerio has improved rear legroom and shoulder room. There's also 313 liters of cargo space at the back. To further save on cabin space, Suzuki installed the switches for the power windows and automatic door locks on the dashboard, just below the touchscreen.
Powering the 2022 Celerio is a new-generation K10C 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. It makes 66 PS with 89 Nm of torque, which is 1 PS and 1 Nm less than the previous K10B inline-three. Despite having less power, the engine now benefits from Dualjet technology for better thermal efficiency and dual fuel injectors. It also comes with automatic start-stop technology to improve fuel economy.
Transmission options for the 2022 Celerio include a standard five-speed manual and a five-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) that Suzuki calls Auto Gear Shift. If the name sounds familiar, that's because it's the same AMT that's seeing use in the Dzire. There's no word yet if the CVT version found in Thai-spec models will be carried over.
When it comes to safety features, the Celerio is available with anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, speed-sensitive door locks, manual headlight leveling, reverse parking sensors, and hill-hold assist.
“The all-new Celerio ticks all the boxes of customer expectation with an unmatched driving experience, unrivaled fuel efficiency, and a host of features that offer comfort, convenience, and safety at an attractive price. The first generation Celerio introduced and democratized the Auto Gear Shift (AGS) two-pedal technology. We are confident that the all-new Celerio with its advanced features, stylish new design, and next-gen powertrain will further appeal to the urban customers and bring the much-needed excitement in the market,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
So now it begs this important question: will the PH source the next-gen Celerio from India, or will we have to wait for its arrival and launch in Thailand first? Remember, Suzuki Philippines sources the current Celerio from Thailand, not India. As of this writing, there's no final word if we'll still be sourcing from the former, but if not, then it might not be long before it arrives in other markets like the Philippines.