Suzuki has revealed its new global city car at the Delhi motor show. The Suzuki Celerio will reach the UK in January 2015, and will ultimately replace both the Alto and Splash in the firm’s line-up.

The Celerio is being billed as offering the space of the larger and more spacious Splash with the price and economy of the smaller, cheaper Alto.

Initially it will line up alongside the Alto and Splash as part of a three-strong range for Suzuki in the A-segment for city cars, but the Alto and Splash will be phased out over 2015 leaving the Celerio as Suzuki's sole offering in the class.

A European-spec model will be shown at the Geneva motor show in March, before going on sale in the autumn ahead of January deliveries. Celerios models destined for Europe will be built at a recently constructed factory in Thailand.

Suzuki has been tight-lipped about details on the European Celerio. "Celerio features an exceptionally roomy interior for an A-segment car as well as low CO2 emissions continuing Suzuki’s reputation for pocket-friendly motoring," read an official statement.

Power for the Indian-spec Celerio comes from a 998cc three-cylinder petrol engine with 66bhp at 6000rpm and 66lb ft of torque at 3500rpm. The claimed economy of the standard five-speed manual-equipped car is 65.3mpg, which works out at 100g/km of CO2 emissions.

Autocar understands the Celerio will be petrol-only in Europe, making the 1.0-litre triple in the Indian-spec car a clear candidate to power European models.

The new city car is one of several new models from Suzuki over the next few years, following the launch of the SX4 S-Cross last year. Among the new cars planned are a small MPV to rival the Ford B-Max, a compact SUV to rival the Nissan Juke, and a super-frugal city car inspired by the G70 concept.

Thanks to: Autocar