Maruti Suzuki has been preparing to launch the next- generation Ciaz in the country soon. Recently, a production spec of the Ciaz facelift has been spotted testing without camouflage in India. The model was seen in the Nexa Blue shade with just masking tapes covering the logo and badging of the car. Though, Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch the facelifted Ciaz sedan in India around the festive season but looking at the fact that the car has been spotted sans camouflage, we can expect the launch to be around the corner.
However, this is not the first time that we are seeing the 2018 Ciaz without any camouflage. Earlier in this month, images of a couple of undisguised Ciaz facelift surfaced online revealing a bunch of updates the car will offer. According to the spied images, the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift will offer an updated grille with chrome borders, which are flanked by a pair of updated headlamps featuring new LED DRLs, new front bumper with redesigned central air-dam and edgy C-shaped chrome inserts that border the fog-lamp housing while the projector headlamps and LED daytime running lamps indicate that this is the top-end Alpha trim.
However, the earlier spied images have revealed new multi-spoke alloy wheels similar to the existing Ciaz, chrome door handle, ORVMs with integrated turn signal lights and some others have also been carried over from the outgoing model. Also, this is the first time that the spied images has given a clear view of the revised LED tail lamps as well, which now get a new cluster design. Apart from these, the rear bumper has also been reworked upon and now features new reflectors as well.
At the interior, we can expect the upcoming Ciaz facelift to come with some updates in the form of a new lighter shade of the faux wooden design inserts for the dashboard and door panels, updated instrument cluster with a slightly repositioned MID, and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel. Other than this, rest of the cabin remains quite similar to the outgoing model with the same beige and black dual tone treatment along with air con vents and few others.
Mechanically, the new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is likely to get the new 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 104 bhp of maximum power and 138 Nm of peak torque and will replace the existing 1.4-litre motor from the existing one. This engine has already debuted in the next-gen Indonesia spec Ertiga and is expected to be offered on the Ciaz as well as the S-Cross. However, the diesel variant will still get the same 1.3-litre DDiS engine equipped with the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki) technology. In terms of transmission, a 5-Speed manual gearbox as well as possibly a new automatic transmission is expected to replace the existing 4-speed AT, though it's not clear whether it will be an AMT or CVT, but we think that it will be a CVT.
This is a mid-life update for the Indo-Japanese automaker’s C-segment sedan Ciaz, since it was launched in 2014. When launched, the updated Ciaz will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Honda City and the Skoda Rapid in the segment.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.