It’s official. Maruti Suzuki will launch the most awaited C-Segment sedan of this year’s festive season, the Ciaz, on the 6th of October. Reports suggest a very competitive pricing for the Ciaz, whose base variants are likely to match the outgoing SX4 sedan, variant to variant. The outgoing SX4, which has already been discontinued, starts at 7.15 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, for the base petrol VXi variant.
The Ciaz will be offered in Petrol VXi, VXi+, ZXi and ZXi+, and Diesel VDi, VDi+, ZDi and ZDi+ variants. If Maruti can price a VXi variant of the Ciaz close to that of the SX4, the car has a great chance of finding initial traction that is so crucial in giving a car an extended good run at the hustings. Many reports indicate a 6.99 lakh rupee price tag for the Ciaz VXi Petrol, a price that has a potential to the stun the market.
The Ciaz gets the largest dimensions of its class and this is one factor that Maruti Suzuki would want to milk, and position the C-Segment sedan right against the best selling Honda City. Underpinned by the Ertiga MPV platform, the Ciaz uses 1.4 liter petrol (90 Bhp-130 Nm) and 1.3 liter turbo diesel (90 Bhp-200 Nm) engines borrowed from the MPV. While the Ertiga makes do with 5 speed manual transmissions on both its petrol and diesel variants, the Ciaz adds a 4 speed automatic gearbox onto its petrol motor.
Three point seat belts, twin airbags and ABS+EBD are standard safety features on the top-end Ciaz sedan. The car gets rear AC vents, a touch screen infotainment unit, push button start, key less entry, automatic climate control, electrically foldable wing mirrors and projector headlamps as its major features. Maruti Suzuki has released an official image rounding up the new features that the Ciaz brings to the table. You can check it out right here.