The launch of the all new 1.5 diesel Ciaz has been in air since sometime. Now, However, Nexa dealerships across the country have started accepting bookings of the best selling C segment sedan. The booking for the upcoming Ciaz 1.5 diesel can be done by paying a token amount of Rs 5,000 to the dealership. Currently, the Ciaz is sold with either a 1.5 litre petrol engine or an ageing 1.3 litre diesel unit. The Ciaz has left behind rivals like the Honda City and Hyundai Verna to clench the best selling title in its category.
Talking of the new diesel engine, it is an all new unit developed by the company. The 1,498cc in-line 4-cylinder engine will be known as the DDiS 225 engine and will produce a maximum power of 94 Bhp @ 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 225 Nm between 1,500 rpm to 2,500 rpm. The new engine will also comply with the upcoming BSVI emission standards. Designed and developed in house by Maruti Suzuki, the engine will feature the SVHS mild hybrid technology and will have a high fuel efficiency figure. The Ciaz will be the first vehicle in the Maruti’s lineup to receive this new diesel engine.
Talking of fuel efficiency, the current 1.3 lire diesel engine on the Ciaz has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency rating of 28.09 km/l, which is the best in the segment. The new diesel motor is also expected to be very efficient and have similar fuel efficiency figures. However, it will offer more power and torque while mileage won’t take a hit. This is important because mileage is one of the key factor in the high sales of the Ciaz. That India is a mileage conscious country is no hidden fact for anyone and therefore manufacturers keep this in mind while making a new product for Indian market.
The current Maruti Suzuki Ciaz on sale is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces a maximum of 91 Bhp power and 130 Nm of torque. The fuel efficiency of this engine is rated at 21.56 km/l. The diesel version of the Ciaz is powered by a 1.3-litre engine and produces a maximum of 89 Bhp power along with 200 Nm torque. The diesel version of the car returns a phenomenal ARAI certified fuel efficieny of 28.09 km/l.
The main rivals for the new diesel Ciaz will be the Honda City diesel and the Hyundai Verna diesel. How Maruti Suzuki will position the new Ciaz diesel will also play a crucial role in the sales of the car. Also, the new 1.5 litre diesel engine will also power the new Ertiga along with some other models by the company that will come at a later stage. We expect the company to increase the price by around Rs. 20,000 over the current diesel variants of the car.