Maruti Suzuki’s next big launch is the Ciaz C-Segment sedan, which will replace the SX4 in the Indian car market. The Ciaz is based on the Ertiga, which in turn a modified Swift platform. Maruti Suzuki showcased the car at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and will launch the Ciaz in India over the next few weeks. Web reports claim that the car will be launched in September 2014.
The Ciaz is known as the Alivio in China, and will be offered with petrol and turbo diesel engines in India. A 1.4 liter-4 cylinder K-Series petrol engine borrowed from the Ertiga – in a 94 Bhp-130 Nm state of tune – and a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine – in a 90 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune – are the two motors that likely to be offered on the Ciaz.
A five speed manual gearbox on both the petrol and turbo diesel engines will be standard fare, while an automatic transmission is likely to be made available on the petrol powered motor. Although there has been chatter about an automated manual (AMT) gearbox on the Ciaz, Maruti Suzuki is likely to stay with a 4 speed automatic gearbox.
Notably, the Ertiga, whose platform the Ciaz uses, is available with a 1.4 liter K-Series petrol engine and a 4 speed automatic gearbox combination in the Indonesian car market. To keep a tight handle on costs, Maruti Suzuki is likely to use the same combination on the petrol-automatic variant of the Ertiga sold here.
The Ciaz promises to be a top quality car in Maruti Suzuki’s stable, with fit and finish levels raised to new highs. Maruti Suzuki has never tasted success in the C-Segment sedan market and the automaker is expected to go all out to gain a firm foothold by means of the Ciaz.
In terms of features on offer, the car is expected to come with 16 inch alloy wheels on top-end variants, key less entry, push button start, puddle lamps, leather seats, a beige and black dashboard with wood inserts, automatic climate control, Bluetooth functions, a dead pedal, sunglass holder, height adjustable steering, rear AC vents and steering mounted controls.
Weight reduction will be a major focus area for Maruti Suzuki on the Ciaz, with the car likely to be nearly 100 kilograms lighter than the outgoing SX4 sedan. Parts sharing will be a big factor that is expected to allow Maruti Suzuki to price the Ciaz competitively. Dashboard and interior parts are expected to be borrowed from the Swift and the Ertiga, albeit with higher degrees of fit and finish. Top end variants of the Ciaz will get safety features such as twin airbags and ABS+EBD.
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