Maruti Suzuki recently launched the new version of the Ciaz fitted with the much-awaited 1.5-litre diesel engine. This all-new in-house developed engine will power many other Maruti Suzuki vehicles in the future as well. This new 1.5-litre mill is also BSVI emission norms ready, which is among the many feathers in its cap. It is also more powerful and reportedly is better to drive too. If you have been curious about the real world effect this engine would have on the Ciaz, the video below by Milind Kwatra will be helpful for you. Take a look at the video before we move further.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is among the best selling sedans in its segment and it will definitely get helped by this new engine. According to the video above, the steering feedback of this 1.5 litre equipped sedan has improved. Also improved are the power delivery and the driveability of the car in the city.
The new Ciaz 1.5-litre diesel has been made available with three levels – Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The prices for the Ciaz 1.5 diesel start at Rs. 9.97 lakh for the base Delta variant while the mid-level Zeta variant is priced at Rs. 11.08 lakh. The top of the line Alpha variant, on the other hand, is priced at Rs. 11 37 lakhs. The Ciaz powered by the older 1.3-litre diesel engine will remain to be on sale as of now and we expect its production to stop only before the BSVI emission norms are enforced.
Talking about the new 1.5-litre engine, it is an all-new unit developed by the company as mentioned before. The 1,498cc in-line 4-cylinder engine is called as the DDiS 225 engine and churns out a maximum power of 94 Bhp @ 4,000 rpm along with a peak torque of 225 Nm between 1,500 rpm to 2,500 rpm. As already mentioned, the new engine will comply with the upcoming BSVI emission standards. Maruti Suzuki’s new in-house developed diesel engine features the SVHS mild hybrid technology and has a high fuel efficiency figure, though it is lower than the older 1.3-litre engine’s fuel efficiency figure.
Speaking of which, the Ciaz 1.5 diesel has an ARAI Certified fuel efficiency figure of 26.82 km/l, which is less than the older 1.3-litre unit’s ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 28.09 km/l. The new Ciaz also gets a newly designed 6-speed transmission with the new engine. Among the other vehicles that will get this engine, the Ciaz is the first vehicle in the Maruti’s lineup to receive this new diesel engine. The other cars that will soon get this engine include the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the S-Cross. It now remains to be seen whether this new engine update will result in any sales gain for the new Ciaz.