Later this year, Maruti Suzuki will launch the Ciaz C-Segment sedan in India. The Ciaz is a car which will replace the SX4 sedan in India. Based on the Suzuki AuthenticS concept, the Ciaz was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Initially, the sedan will be sold in India and China. Patent images of the Ciaz have surfaced in China and these images reveal how the production version of the sedan will look like.
The production version is a milder version of the AuthenticS concept and is a much better looking car than the SX4 model it replaces. The Chinese-spec Ciaz is likely to be longer than the India-spec version, which could feature a stubbier boot design making for a shorter overall length. The Chinese love long wheelbases and Suzuki could give them just that while shortening the Indian version.
Codenamed the YL1, The Ciaz is based on the Ertiga platform, which itself is a modified version of the Swift’s platform. The car sold in India will feature the 1.4 liter K-Series (94 Bhp-130 Nm), naturally aspirated petrol engine and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet (90 Bhp-200 Nm) turbo diesel engine. Both motors will get 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard while an automatic manual transmission could also form a part of the gearbox mix on the car.
The Ciaz is likely to be priced similar to the outgoing SX4 sedan. Expect priced to start under 8 lakh rupees for the base-petrol variant. Maruti Suzuki has traditionally been a weak player in the C-Segment space and barring the Ertiga MPV, India’s largest car maker has failed to make a mark in the 8 lakh rupees+ segments. The Ciaz will be aimed at changing that and the car is likely to be one of the best finished Maruti Suzukis in terms of fit and finish, and quality levels on the inside. The Ciaz is likely to derive inspiration from the new Swift hatchback and the Ertiga’s dashboard.
Patent images courtesy AutoHome.CN