Maruti Suzuki is just weeks away from launching the facelifted Ciaz C-Segment sedan in India. The car has been spied testing numerous times under camouflage and Maruti Suzuki has even teased the new Ciaz in NEXA ads. A new development about the car is that it will skip a diesel engine during launch. At launch, the facelifted Maruti Ciaz will be a petrol-only car, becoming the first petrol-hybrid car in its segment. Maruti will offer a new 1.5 litre K-Series petrol engine with 106 PS-138 Nm, and the Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) mild hybrid. 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes are likely to accompany this engine.
Diesel fans needn’t fret though. The 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine that is offered with SHVS mild hybrid technology in the current Ciaz will eventually make it to the facelifted model sometime during Diwali. This was confirmed by RS Kalsi, senior executive director of marketing and sales, who said,
No, we don’t plan to discontinue because there are customers who are hardcore diesel lovers as well and diesel certainly has its own advantages of higher fuel efficiency, higher calorific value, more power. So we’ll continue with the diesel engine.
It’s not clear as to why Maruti isn’t offering the 1.3 litre turbocharged diesel engine with the facelifted Ciaz right from launch. Also, there’s no clarity on the new 1.5 litre diesel engine that Suzuki was said to be developing for use in a range of Maruti cars. That engine may not make it to the Ciaz anytime soon considering the fact that the facelifted model will continue using the 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet diesel from Diwali 2018. Apart from the new petrol engine and mild hybrid system, the facelifted Ciaz will get a small makeover with revised styling at the front and rear. New features are also likely to be added.