Maruti Suzuki will launch the facelifted Ciaz C-Segment sedan in India soon. The car will get a few stylistic tweaks to make it look fresher. Under the hood, there will be significant mechanical changes. The 1.4-litre K-Series petrol of the current Ciaz will be replaced by a larger, 1.5-litre K-Series unit, which will also be more powerful with 106 PS-138 Nm outputs. Apart from the enhanced power and torque outputs, this engine will also get Suzuki’s Hybrid Vehicle System, known as SHVS.
SHVS is a mild-hybrid system, meant to make the engine more fuel efficient, and this techonology was first introduced in the current-gen Ertiga Diesel MPV. The current-gen Ciaz Diesel also features SHVS technology but by introducing this technology in the upcoming Ciaz Petrol, Maruti will be launching its first petrol-hybrid car in India. This system is likely to make the Ciaz Petrol the most fuel efficient C-Segment sedan in the country. The SHVS system is also expected to boost acceleration of the car.
The petrol engine with SHVS won’t be the only significant mechanical change in the facelifted Ciaz. The sedan is also expected to debut Maruti’s all-new turbocharged diesel engine developed in-house by Suzuki. Little is known about the new diesel engine, except that it will have a 1.5-litre displacement and will replace the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet diesel that’s currently offered in the pre-facelift Ciaz. The diesel engine is likely to get a manual gearbox as standard. An automatic gearbox option could be offered in due course of time.
The Ciaz will get a fresher front end and a major revision in rear end styling. The interiors are expected to get a few new features. Currently one of India’s best selling C-Segment sedan, the Ciaz is expected to sell even better after the facelift.