India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki, has added a new variant to its solitary C-Segment sedan, the recently launched Ciaz. The car is now available in the top-of-the-line Z+ trim on both petrol and diesel variants. The new variant bring in features and minor cosmetic changes to the equation. The ZXi+ trim is priced at 9.08 lakh rupees, while the ZDi+ trim costs 10.37 lakh rupees, Ex-Showroom Delhi. The new variants have now gone on sale in India, and replace the Z(O) trims. The new trim adds a few features in addition to those on the Z(O) variant. In terms of price revision, the Z+ Petrol is 24,000 rupees pricier than the option it replaces while the Z+ Diesel is about 25,000 rupees more expensive.
Feature additions on the new variant, in addition to those offered on the Z(O) variants are:
- 16 inch alloy wheels
- Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system
- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Leather seats
The new infotainment interface gets five functions – Audio Playback, Bluetooth Phone Connect, Smartphone Connect, Navigation and Reverse Camera Display. In terms of mechanicals, the car retains the 1.4 liter K-Series petrol motor with 91 Bhp-130 Nm, and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel motor with 89 Bhp-200 Nm.
Five speed manual transmissions are standard fare on both motors, with the petrol engine also gaining a four speed automatic gearbox as an option. Twin airbags and ABS+EBD are standard safety features on the top-end trims. In India, the Ciaz competes with sedans such as the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna.
The Ciaz has been one of the best finished Maruti Suzuki cars in recent times, a pointer to the brand’s upmarket push. The car is now the second best selling C-Segment sedan in India, next only to the Honda City. It remains to be seen whether the sedan retains its good run in the coming months, as its predecessor – the SX4 – only flattered to deceive, after a good run in its initial months of launch. The Ciaz does have features and space on its side, what with the car being one of the most spacious offerings in its segment. The car is also extremely fuel efficient, and in fact delivers the best mileage among all diesel sedans sold in India.