Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) today launched a new feature-loaded Ciaz for the Indian market. The premium sedan will now be available for a price range between Rs 8,19,000 (for the basic Sigma petrol model) to Rs 10,97,000 (top-end Apha-diesel variant) ex-showroom Delhi, and will host a set of new exterior and interior features for a sporty appeal.
The most notable changes in the Ciaz are on the petrol version. The Ciaz will now be fitted with 1.5 litre K-series petrol engine that will churn out 104 bhp power @6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque @4,400 rpm. The K15 engine was introduced by Suzuki in Indonesia for its Ertiga earlier this year. This replaces the 1.4 litre powerhouse in the outgoing model that puts out 91 bhp power and 130 Nm torque. MSIL has also taken the opportunity to introduce its Advanced Smart Hybrid Technology with lithium-ion battery for the first time in any of its petrol cars to address growing emission and fuel efficiency concerns. Save for the Sigma model, the petrol smart hybrid automatic will be available for all other three models. Where the engine will be mated to a five-speed transmission in a manual model, the automatic version will get a four-speed transmission. The diesel version will continue to sport the 1.3 litre DDiS engine that delivers 88 bhp power and 200 Nm torque and will be coupled to the SHVS technology as well as in the previous model. The next generation smart hybrid system gets features like brake energy regeneration, torque assist function, and idle start stop for the new Ciaz.
The company claims that the A3+ segment has been growing at five percent over the last five years and Ciaz controls 34 % market share. So for a distinctive appeal, the Ciaz has given way to its large chrome grille in front and will now sport a multi-pixel front grille and bumper for a new front facia. It also gets LED projector headlamps with DRLs and LED front fog lamps. The car will now also get 16-inch precision cut alloy wheels in a dual tone metallic pebble grey finish in the top-end Alpha variant, where the Delta model will get 15-inch alloy wheels. Along with the cosmetic uplift, the Ciaz will now also get safety features like dual airbags, ABS & EBD, cruise control, electronic stability programme with hill assist and speed alert system as a standard in the automatic version. ARAI fuel efficiency figures for the new Ciaz are 21.56 kmpl for petrol model and 28.09 kmpl for the diesel version.
Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, MSIL has said that the car has redefined the sedan segment and is confident that the new Ciaz will present a complete package in line with the aspirations of the evolving customers. The Ciaz has been clocking 5,000 units sales per month despite fierce competition.