(UPDATED gallery and video) Suzuki Philippines has unveiled the Celerio, a mini hatchback suited for driving in tight urban traffic.
Dubbed as a "couture compact car," the latest India-made Japanese car to enter the Philippine market boasts of a European design, inside and out.
"The Celerio fits right in between the Alto and the Swift. So if you're looking for a truly mass-market car, the Alto's for you. If you have money to spend and you want a sporty hatchback, there's the Swift. But if you're a college student or if you're a young, married couple, then the Celerio's for you," said Arvie Fugoso, Suzuki assistant manager for automobile marketing.
The Celerio caters to a young market with its aerodynamic design that boasts a "boy-racer look." It measures 3,500 mm in length, 1,600 mm in width and 1,470 mm in height.
The car sustains its sporty feel on the inside with the dashboard-mounted rev counter and the bucket seats.
Under the hood, the Celerio is powered by a 1.0-liter 12-valve three-cylinder gasoline-fed engine. It meets the Euro 3 emission standards.
Celerio comes in five-speed manual transmission at P528,000 and in four-speed automatic transmission at P569,000.
For safety, the Celerio is packed with dual front airbags, side door beams, and anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist.
The Celerio is available in Arctic White Pearl Metallic, Silky Silver Metallic, Desert Brown Metallic, Fortune Rose Petal Metallic, and Paradise Blue Pearl Metallic.