Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), the largest-selling car manufacturer in the country, is only weeks away from launching the much-awaited 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift. The updated version of the popular mid-size sedan has been totally revealed in the latest batch of spy images, which show the new version in all its glory. The 2018 Ciaz will be launched next month and will command a slight premium over the current model. Akin to the current car, the facelift will take on the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Toyota Yaris.
As can be seen in the above image, the 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift gets a thoroughly updated front-end. The large grille of the current model has made way for a sleeker version that is flanked by chrome garnishing on its top and bottom. The headlamps have been updated, too. While they retain the projector setup, they’ll also offer LED DRLs. Also, the front bumper is completely new and looks more aggressive than the one on the existing model. The side profile looks largely the same as that of the current version. However, the current 15-inch wheels will get a slightly updated design. At the rear, the car will get an updated bumper that will have chrome garnish around its reflectors.
On the inside, the Ciaz will get some significant changes. The faux wood trim of the current model has been replaced with a new one that has a lighter colour tone. This wood trim starts from the middle of the front door and runs across the dashboard to terminate at the middle of the opposite front door. We feel that the new trim looks classier than the one on the outgoing version. This is not all; the interior also gets an updated instrument cluster. The dials have been updated and there’s a larger MID display. We’re not sure but the display could be a TFT unit. While the steering wheel remains unchanged, the refreshed car will offer cruise control. The Alpha variant will retain the touchscreen Smartplay infotainment system.
The biggest change will be under the hood. The current 1.4-litre petrol engine will be replaced with an all-new 1.5-litre unit that will output a max. power of 104 PS and a peak torque of 138 Nm. This is 10 PS and 8 Nm higher than what the 1.4-litre motor offers. The new engine will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard and a four-speed automatic gearbox as optional. Cartoq’s sources reveal that the engine will offer an ARAI-certified fuel mileage of more than 22 kmpl. The diesel variant, which is powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre unit, will be discontinued.
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