Indian car maker Maruti Suzuki has begun the trial production of the Ciaz C-Segment sedan at its Manesar factory, the surest indication that the launch is just months away. The production of the SX4 sedan has been discontinued, and this means that the car will be replaced by the Ciaz once the latter’s launch happens.
Images of the production version of the Ciaz, known as the Alivio in China, has been revealed. The images depict the Ciaz to be pretty similar to the concept version that was showcased both at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and the recently concluded Beijing Motor Show.
The car sold in India will be available with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The petrol unit is likely to be the 1.4 liter K-Series motor (94 Bhp-130 Nm) sourced from the Ertiga while the diesel motor will be the 1.3 liter Multijet unit in a 90 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune.
Both manual and automatic gearbox options will be offered with the petrol motor with the diesel motor making do with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Ciaz will share interiors with the Ertiga and the Swift, albeit with quality improvements to raise the level of fit and finish to levels previously unseen in a sub-10 lakh rupee Maruti Suzuki.
Expect high localization levels and pricing that is sharp as Maruti Suzuki is yet to taste success in the C-Segment sedan space of India. The Ciaz will be the Indian automaker’s latest stab at establishing itself as a strong player in the C-Segment sedan space.
Expect the Ciaz sedan to be launched in India by the July of this year considering that trial production of the car has already begun. The Ciaz will be the second all-new car launch by Maruti Suzuki what with the first being the Celerio hatchback that was launched earlier this year.
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