India’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki will launch the facelifted Ciaz, in India, on August 20. The updated Ciaz gets a brand new 1.5-litre petrol engine, which despite the increase in size is more efficient than the 1.4-litre unit it replaces, returning a mileage of 21.56 km/l, allowing the Ciaz to retain its title as the most efficient petrol sedan in the segment.
The new K15b engine from Maruti Suzuki will first be seen on the revised Ciaz, before arriving under the bonnets of the second-gen Ertiga and the Vitara Brezza compact SUV. The all-new engine, which was developed in Japan will be built in India by Maruti Suzuki. The new engine, which is around a 100 cc more than the 1.4-litre unit it replaces, produces 102.5bhp and 138Nm of torque that is sent to the front wheels via either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
The new petrol engine on the updated Ciaz produces 12 bhp and 8.4 Nm of torque more than its predecessor and also ups the efficiency figures to 21.56 km/l and 20.28 km/l when paired with the manual and automatic gearboxes, respectively. The current-gen Ciaz, on the other hand, returns 20.73 km/l with the manual and 19.12 km/l when fitted with the automatic.
The reason for the increased efficiency from the new 1.5-litre engine is the fitment of Maruti’s mild-hybrid SVHS system to a petrol engine for the first time. The mild-hybrid setup on the new petrol Ciaz is the same as the one found on the current diesel variant of the sedan with a start-stop system that kills and restarts the engine when the car comes to a halt or is coasting. The energy saved is then used to help the car’s initial acceleration, when it starts moving again.
Maruti will retain the popular 1.3-litre mild hybrid diesel engine found on the current Ciaz, which produces 89 bhp and 200 Nm of torque while returning a mileage of 28.09 km/l. A larger 1.5-litre diesel, which is being developed in-house by Maruti Suzuki, will eventually replace the 1.3-litre engine.
The new Ciaz will be available in the same four variants as before but will come packed with more features with the base variant featuring dual airbags, ABS+EBD and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill Start Assist. The highest-specced Zeta trim will get LED headlamps with LED DRLs and LED fog lamps along with 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.
Maruti’s premium Nexa dealerships have already started accepting bookings for the new Ciaz, which will arrive five days after Independence Day.