Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift expected to be launched in July this year…

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift has been spied again and this time, completely undisguised. The car appears to be parked in, what looks like, a Maruti stockyard. The new spy pics were shared by on their website. It is clear from these pics that the nose of the car has been completely redone. It looks very sleek & sharp now and, kind of, resembles the front of the new Indonesian Ertiga. The headlight units feature a smoked look and have LED DRLs included in them. There is an expectation that the car could get HID projector lamps. Apart from this, the design of alloys also appears to be slightly changed. The side of the car remains largely the same as the current one. The rear also remains very much the same with a slightly redesigned bumper and reflectors.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Interiors

The interior spy pics highlight the changes done inside the car. The car in these pics appears to be mid-level versions due to the presence of a 2 din, non-touch screen stereo system.

The new pics bring forward some more aspects of the facelift. The most interesting of these is the new instrument cluster with a much larger MID. The twin-pod unit gets chrome rings around the meters. Also, the needles look to be of different design with the centre pivots having chrome rings around them. The large MID is nearly double the size of the existing one and looks somewhat like the one offered on top variants of Baleno. Hope the new Ciaz ends up getting the same interesting graphics in the MID as the Baleno.

In the above pic, it is clear that Maruti is continuing with the black and beige color theme on the interiors. The other new addition is the light colored wood trim separating the top black half of the dashboard from the beige bottom part. We can also expect the use of new fabrics giving the cabin fresher, more premium look. Addition of a sunroof and more airbags would be a welcome move to make the car more competitive but, we do not have a concrete info about them.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Engine

The biggest speculation around the Ciaz facelift is that it will come with the new K15B 1.5L petrol engine which produces 104HP and 130Nm torque. Notably, this engine was recently seen on the newly launched Ertiga in Indonesia. As a side note, the same Ertiga is also expected to be launched in India soon. If Ciaz gets this engine, it will help the car to stack much better against its competitors, all of which have more powerful motors. Other big news is the petrol version of the car is expected to be a mild hybrid, similar to the current diesel version. This hybrid version of the car will feature Suzuki’s SHVS technology. It will help the petrol car to give higher fuel efficiency and would definitely become a huge crowd puller in the segment due to this.

The current 1.3 DDiS will be carried forward on the facelift. There is also speculation that this engine will be replaced by a 1.5L diesel engine being developed in-house, at a later stage.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Transmission

As the same 1.3 DDiS engine now comes with an AMT on the new Vitara Brezza, we can expect it to be offered on the new Ciaz too. In addition to the AMT on diesel, we expect and know from some older spy pics that the car might feature a 6-speed manual gearbox, mostly on the petrol version. We also expect the petrol version to get an autobox as there is a huge move of the market towards them and Maruti will not want to lose this opportunity. This autobox might be the same 4 gear torque converter unit being offered on the new Indonesian Ertiga but, have no concrete info on it as yet.

If we trust different reports and recent articles, the new Ciaz is expected to be launched here in July 2018. With the new Vitara Brezza AGS launched recently and new Ertiga also expected this year, Maruti looks to be taking the game up a notch for its competitors in terms of up to date product line up. It very well fits into their plan of hitting 2 million sales figure annually by 2020.




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