Maruti Suzuki will revamp the Ciaz C-Segment sedan this year. Test mules have been spotted in and around the Maruti factory near Delhi, and the car is likely to be unwrapped at the 2018 Auto Expo. CarToq’s rendering artist has put together the Ciaz facelift based on various styling cues revealed by test mules of the car. Here’s what the 2018 Ciaz could look like.
As the render shows, the changes to the Ciaz’s front end will be minimal. The grille and the bumper get tweaking while the rest of the car’s design more or less remains the same. There are a few significant mechanical changes expected on the facelifted car. The 1.4 liter K-Series petrol engine (94 Bhp-130 Nm) is expected to make way for the 1.5 liter M15A unit, which produces more power and torque – 108 Bhp-138 Nm.
Maruti may also add a newly developed 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engine to the Ciaz, again bumping up power and torque significantly from the current 1.3 liter diesel’s 89 Bhp-200 Nm outputs. Both the petrol and diesel engines are expected to retain 5 speed manual gearboxes. The 4 speed torque converter automatic option on the petrol could make way for a much smoother CVT automatic gearbox.
The insides of the 2018 Ciaz are expected to get a minor refresh, along with additional features. Maruti is likely to dump the SHVS mild hybrid system from the diesel variants as the Indian government no longer offers tax benefits for hybrids. The Ciaz will continue to be priced much lower than competition, read the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna.
The additional performance from the new engines and the mildly revised looks should help the car continue selling briskly in the Indian market. Currently, it’s in the second place in India’s C-Segment sedan segment in terms of sales. The facelift may just push it over the Honda City, into first place.