Old against new: 2019 vs. 2016 Suzuki Carry

Wilbert Tan
·4-min read

Suzuki Philippines introduced the latest version of its popular light commercial vehicle last year, promising a bigger, more powerful, and more dependable workhorse for the Filipino businessman.

The 2019 Suzuki Carry replaces the 2016 Super Carry, and the difference between the two is more than just a name change. The biggest contributor to all the difference is that, while the Super Carry is built in India, the new Carry is assembled in Indonesia by Suzuki Indomobil Motor.

And here lies the reason behind the introduction on the new model: India is pushing for more stringent fuel emissions standards, which means Suzuki has to upgrade the Super Carry’s Euro 4 compliant engine to a Euro 6 compliant one—a move that entails an overhaul of manufacturing processes that can’t be justified by the sales numbers that the diminutive LCV pulls in.

Reasons aside, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of how the 2019 Suzuki Carry (which “carries” over to the 2020 model year) differs from the unit it replaces.

Powertrain

The 2016 Super Carry was powered by a 0.8-liter 2-cylinder turbodiesel engine doing 32hp and 75Nm of torque. This power mill is mated to a lone 5-speed manual transmission option.

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The 2019 Suzuki Carry is powered by the highly-efficient K15B 1.5-liter gasoline engine with multipoint fuel injection function that can dish out an ample 96hp and 135Nm of torque. Like the Super Carry before it, its shifting is handled by a 5-speed manual transmission.

Exterior

India’s Super Carry measures 3800mm long, 1562mm wide, and 1883 tall, with a wheelbase of 2110mm. Ground clearance is a respectable 175mm.

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suzuki carry
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Suzuki’s new Indonesian-made sub-compact truck has overall dimensions of 4195mm x 1765mm x 1910mm, making it 395mm longer, 203mm wider and 27mmm taller. It also has a 2625mm wheelbase that puts 95mm more between the undercarriage’s front and rear axles. The growth in size causes the Carry’s ground clearance to drop to 160mm, a -15mm difference.

Interior

The growth in size means the cabin is also more spacious in the new Carry, with improved elbow room for all three vehicle occupants, including the driver. The new Carry also allows for better seating position, giving ample distance between the hip point and the center of the accelerator pedal. Front air-conditioning is now standard with its full-sized engine. Of course, as this is a commercial unit, interior features remain sparse.

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suzuki carry
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In addition to the above, there’s also added storage in the dashboard and the cabin, and the shift lever for the manual transmission is now relocated on the dashboard, further providing extra legroom for an optimum driving experience.

Undercarriage

While the Super Carry relied on manual steering, the new Carry steers on an electric assist system. Suspension configuration remains the same for both models, comprising struts and coils at the front and rigid axle and leaf springs at the rear.

Weights and capacities

The outgoing Carry had a curb weight of 865kg, gross vehicle weight of 1600kg, and a payload capacity of 735kg to match.

Due to its added size and heft, the new Carry improves in all aspects of weight and capacity, growing to 1070kg curb weight, 2010kg gross vehicle weight, and a 940kg payload capacity, considered the best in class for the compact truck category. As an added selling point, all of the sides of the truck bed can now open, so regardless of which side of the road you park, you can always unload your cargo safely and without worry.

Pricing and options

During its launch in 2016, the Suzuki Super Carry was introduced with four body types, priced as follows:

  • Super Carry Truck - PHP479,000

  • Super Carry Utility Van - PHP565,000

  • Super Carry Cargo Van - PHP529,000

  • Super Carry Jeepney Body - PHP550,000

The all-new Suzuki Carry can be converted and modified to suit any business needs. It can be used as a utility van, cargo truck, or pick-up truck with the same reliability and functionality expected of a trusted workhorse. The all-new Suzuki Carry's variants and prices are:

  • Carry Cab & Chassis - PHP499, 000

  • Carry Truck - PHP509,000

  • Carry Cargo Van - PHP576,000

  • Carry Utility Van - PHP614,000

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