Suzuki Celerio to reach UK showrooms in 2015

Suzuki Celerio

The Suzuki Celerio – the latest budget hatchback from the Japanese brand – will go on sale in the UK early next year, priced from £7,999.

First shown at this year's Delhi motor show, the Celerio made its European debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

It is described by its maker as an 'A+ compact car' as it blends the outward dimensions and manoeuvrability of a city car with the larger passenger and luggage space of a more expensive supermini.

Under the bonnet lies a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, developing 67hp. Performance figures are yet to be confirmed, though expect a fairly sluggish 0-62mph sprint at around 15 seconds. More importantly, however, the Celerio will fall under the current vehicle tax threshold thanks to C02 emissions of 99g/km.

That figure is expected to fall further once the Celerio is established in showrooms, with Suzuki's new range of 'Dualjet' engine technologies improving cleanliness and bringing CO2 emissions down to 84g/km.

Suzuki Celerio

Suzuki Celerio

Also to be offered after the model's UK debut is a new automatic transmission, named AGS, which will join the manual gearbox that is currently the sole transmission option.

Despite the Celerio's budget price tag, Suzuki is keen to stress that it is not a bargain-basement option, and has equipped it with kit that you won't find on similarly cheap models from rival budget brands such as Dacia. Standard equipment includes stability control, six airbags, air conditioning, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, remote central locking and alloy wheels.

For £8,999, buyers will be able to get into range-topping SZ4 models, which are further equipped with rear electric windows, front fog lights, body-coloured door mirrors, a chrome grille and polished alloy wheels.

The new Celerio will replace both the Splash and Alto city car models, which are to be discontinued at the end of the year and in March 2015 respectively.