Snapshot: Maruti will be launching the SX4 replacement later this year. The production version of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz that was showcased at the Indian Auto Expo, has been seen in China. In India, the car is likely to be called the Alivio. The launch is likely to take place in the festive season this year.
If the latest reports are to be believed, Maruti Suzuki has stopped the production of the SX4 as it is planning to launch the car in July this year. Usually the production models from Suzuki are way off from their concept guise but it has made an exception this time around. The Ciaz in production-ready guise retains majority of the design and style cues of the concept version. You get projector headlamps up front with regular fog lamps which get chrome lining around them.
Chrome has been used generously on the outside as well as inside of the car. As you move to the rear, the rear tail lamp cluster, which somewhat resembles that of the Honda City catches your attention immediately and so do the dual trapezoidal exhausts. The car is expected to come with quite the spacious interiors which will cater to the Indian needs of always wanting something extra. Suzuki claims that it has laid emphasis on the comfort of the rear passengers so it will surely make for a good chauffeur driven car too.
Talking about what is expected to propel the Ciaz sedan, it will get a petrol and a diesel motor to choose from. The petrol unit will be the 1.4 litre K-series motor that is found in Ertiga and the diesel will be a 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet unit. Their state of tune is yet unknown. Suzuki might surprise us as well with the 1.6-litre G-INNOTEC petrol engine that will be present in its China specific model and the 1.6 litre Fiat Multijet for a diesel heart.
July 2014 is when we expect the car to be available for us and will be priced between Rs 7.5-10 lakhs.