The facelifted Maruti Ciaz is just a couple of weeks away from launch. According to Gaadiwaadi, the facelifted Ciaz will be launched in India on the 20th of August, 2018, a week after the media drives of the new C-Segment sedan conclude. The facelifted Ciaz will continue to go up against the Honda City, the Hyundai Verna and the recently launched Toyota Yaris. The car will be a petrol-only model at launch, and a diesel engine will follow sometime in October. Notably, the new Maruti Ciaz will be the first car in its segment to be a petrol-hybrid – a petrol-mild hybrid to be specific.
Maruti will introduce an all-new, 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine on the Ciaz Facelift. This motor makes more power and torque than the outgoing 1.4-litre K-Series unit, and is also expected to be more fuel efficient thanks to the Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) mild hybrid system that it will come with.
The petrol motor is likely to get 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The diesel engine, which will be introduced in a couple of months, is expected to be the same 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet unit with 89 Bhp-200 Nm, with a mild hybrid system as standard.
As for other key changes on the facelifted Ciaz, the front and rear end styling of the car gets a once over. The headlamps are sharper, the bumpers are new both at the front and the rear, and the tail lamps are also new. The front grille gets a refresh as well. Apart from these changes, the interiors of the car may get mild colour revisions. More features are likely to be added. As for pricing, the facelifted Ciaz is expected to still sit under Rs. 8 lakhs. Maruti is likely to position it as a price warrior, just like the pre-facelift model. Bookings for the new car are already open at many NEXA dealerships.