Suzuki Alivio (Maruti Ciaz) concept inches closer to production

Earlier this year, the Suzuki AuthenticS concept was showcased as the Ciaz in India at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The car has now reappeared at the Beijing Motor Show, as the Alivio concept. At Beijing, additional details of the Alivio/Ciaz have been revealed, indicating that the concept car is inching closer to production. As is the case in India, the Alivio/Ciaz will go into production at China, later this year.

Suzuki Alivio Concept Sedan Pic
Suzuki Alivio Concept Sedan

 

Newly revealed details about the car include its dimensions, engine and transmission. The China-spec Alivio concept features a 1.6 liter, naturally aspirated petrol engine that runs a 16 valve DOHC head and variable valve timing. This engine is said to be heavily revised for a higher power output and better fuel efficiency.

Suzuki also announced a newly developed 6 speed automatic transmission for the Alivio concept’s production version. Like the 1.6 liter petrol motor, the 6 speed automatic gearbox gets tweaks for better fuel efficiency. A compact form factor and a light weight are two other key aspects of the newly developed transmission.

The car will make its debut in India later this year. Dimensions of 4,545 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width and 1,475 mm in height mean that the Alivio is a much larger car than the model it seeks to replace. Also, these dimensions could be specific to the Chinese-domestic market given the preference of longer cars in China.

For India though, the Alivio concept’s production version could see some amount of shortening. Also, the Alivio (Ciaz in India) is likely to get a turbo diesel engine. Given its Ertiga platform underpinnings, the 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel motor could be central to the India-spec Ciaz/Alivio.

The car has also been tipped to be made available with an automated manual transmission (AMT), a feature that is the rage across car makers in India. A diesel powered Alivio/Ciaz with the AMT technology seems like a very interesting option for the Indian C-Segment sedan space.