With the advent of modernity, rudimentary steel wheels and alloy wheels have taken over chrome hub caps, which are showcased on Suzuki Celerio Classic
2023 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) has commenced. It will go on till 2nd of April 2023. There are many new cars and motorcycles on display. At the Suzuki stall, you will find the 2023 Celerio Classic Edition. It is based on the previous gen model and not the latest one that we get in India. It gets a retro-classic paint scheme with a dual-tone effect, stylized front and rear bumpers with quad exhausts and chrome hubcaps we used to see on HM Ambassadors. Yeah, those old-school-styled chrome hub caps.
2023 Celerio Classic Edition
Before you go gaga over its quad exhausts and diffuser, they are likely to be fake styling bits, while the real exhaust will be somewhere beneath its rear bumper. Disappointing fake design bits and tactics are unfortunately being followed in this day and age too, even by the oldest car manufacturers in existence. *Cough*Mercedes-Benz*Cough*
The actual rear bumper design is really sporty and neatly flows into side body cladding and wheel arches. At front, they merge from both sides into a front lip spoiler which gets winglet-like elements at either end. All of these are kept unpainted, which reduces visual bulk and comes off as sporty.
Unlike Celerio X we got in India, this Suzuki Celerio Classic doesn’t get fake roof rails. Coupled with wide-section tyres jutting out of its wheel wells, Celerio Classic has a wider stance, giving it a wide-body look without a roof rail. We almost wish Maruti Suzuki never launched the new Celerio or Celerio X of the past and instead, have launched this Celerio Classic.
Coming to this vehicle’s party piece are the retro chrome hub caps. These are not wheel covers. They’re proper old-school hub caps that are installed over the hub of its steel wheels. If Suzuki had opted for white-wall tyres to couple with this, it would have been an absolute retro delight.
The base colour is an off-white shade, playfully complemented by dark beige. This dark beige is present on its roof, extending downwards through A-pillars, an off-center stripe on its bonnet and tailgate, and inside profile above its running board. These off-white and dark beige shades are carried over to its seat upholstery too, vehicle dashboard is kept stock.
Adding classiness (if that’s a word) is Celerio Classic branding on a dark beige stripe above its running board in a very classy font. There are oddities though robbing some of its charms. They are red-painted ORVMs looking out of place on an otherwise stellar colour combo and unpainted roof spoiler, front grille and door handles.
All of its unpainted black elements should have been finished in gloss black. It is powered by a sole 1.0L K10B petrol motor, promising 20 km/l of fuel efficiency. Looking at chrome hub caps on modern vehicles, makes us feel like they might have some fight left in them, before declaring them dead. In Thailand, 2023 Celerio Classic is priced from THB 482k (approx Rs 11.62 lakh).