The local hatchback segment might soon get a boost from a new, next-generation competitor.
Images of the all-new Suzuki Celerio on Philippine soil were recently sent to us, showing off the next-gen mini hatch in blue, silver, and red, albeit partly covered in white plastic. They’re sitting idle at a local port.
Suzuki Philippines has yet to make any announcements regarding a launch of the all-new Celerio, but these units indicate we can expect one in the near future.
2022 Suzuki Celerio
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No details regarding local specs or features, either. Units in India come equipped with a very efficient 1.0-liter K10C Dualjet dual-VVT engine capable of a modest 66hp at 5,500rpm and 89Nm at 3,500rpm. What kind of efficiency are we talking about? The Japanese car manufacturer claims the vehicle can do 26.68km/L.
The hatch runs on the brand’s new Heartec platform, which supposedly offers improved handling and safety. Oh, and the quirky design is a nice step up from what’s currently on offer in local showrooms, too.
When the all-new Celerio is launched here, it will compete directly with the likes of the Honda Brio and Toyota Wigo. Think this upcoming entry has what it takes to go head-to-head with either of these?