Suzuki has introduced this week in Geneva the European version of the 2014 Celerio which will be built in Thailand.

On the old continent Suzuki is about to retire the Alto and replace it with the all-new Celerio which sports a more upscale design. It will have to face some serious competition from recent segment contenders such as the Peugeot 108 / Citroen C1 / Toyota Aygo as well as the rear-wheel drive Renault Twingo.

Most likely the Celerio will be considerably more affordable than the above mentioned cars but even so it will go up against the more spacious Dacia Sandero. Under the hood it will get a frugal 3-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engine equipped with stop/start enabling the model to have CO2 emissions of only 85 g/km. Customers will be able to link the economical motor to a newly developed automated manual gearbox.

More details about the EU-spec Celerio will be disclosed in the following months, before the car's market debut towards the end of the year.

2014 Suzuki Celerio launched in Geneva in European specification