Even as Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch a facelifted version of the Ciaz in India within a few months from now, engineering teams at India’s largest automaker are working on an all-new, next generation model. The second-generation Ciaz will be launched in India during 2020. Apart from this key detail, little else is known about the new car. The all-new Ciaz will meet Bharat Stage 6 emission norms. It’s likely to pack in petrol-hybrid and turbocharged diesel engine options for the Indian market. Considering the big focus on electric cars worldwide, the new Ciaz is likely to be electric powertrain ready.
The 2nd generation Ciaz will be built at Maruti Suzuki’s Gujarat factory, which is currently producing the new, 2018 Swift. The new Ciaz is likely to be similar in size to the current version, but other than that it will have a lot of new features, higher quality interiors and better performance. It’s expected to be positioned in the same segment, at slightly higher price levels. Expect Maruti Suzuki to start testing the all-new Ciaz next year. The facelifted model, due in August this year, will hold the fort and keep buyers interested in the car until the all-new model arrives a couple of years down the line.
As for safety, the new Ciaz is expected to go a step ahead from offering just twin airbags and ABS as standard. The top-end model of the car could get a full complement of 6 airbags,and other new safety features, such as a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), front proximity sensors and ESP. While the 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine is likely to be offered with a hybrid or mild hybrid combination, the diesel motor is expected to be the all-new, 1.5-litre unit developed in-house by Suzuki. The diesel engine is also expected to come with the newly developed 6-speed manual gearbox. This combination is expected to make its debut in the facelifted Ciaz.