Maruti is working on the launch of the Ciaz facelift in India. The upcoming mid-size from Maruti has been spied multiple times on the Indian roads with heavy camouflage. This is the first time that the upcoming Ciaz has been caught uncovered at a Maruti stockyard. The new picture indicates that the production of the car has started. Maruti is scheduled to launch the new Ciaz in August 2018.
The undisguised picture is taken from a distance and it is difficult to tell the details clearly but the updates of the front-end are quite evident. The updated grille of the car flows into the outlines of the new headlamp. The new headlamps get a new prominent highlight on the top part. Maruti is also expected to offer LED headlamps on the new Ciaz. It is a norm for new Maruti cars to sport LED headlamps.
The front bumper has been recarved and looks sleeker than the current model. The foglamp housings are now dipped in chrome. The updates on the new Ciaz are similar to the all-new new Ertiga that was launched in the Indonesian market. Suzuki Alivo, which is the re-badged Ciaz in China, looks significantly different from the upcoming Ciaz that has been spied.
The multi-spoke alloy wheels have been updated on the Ciaz and they look slightly different from the current version. The rear is expected to remain more or less the same but Maruti will update the tail lamps to give it a fresh look. The interiors are also expected to get updated with new features and looks.
Maruti will introduce the updated Ciaz with the all-new petrol engine. The 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder petrol engine will replace the current 1.4-litre K14 unit. The new engine develops a maximum of 104 Bhp and 138 Nm of peak torque. It will get both manual and automatic transmission options.
The current 1.3-litre diesel will continue in the new car. However, Maruti is currently developing an all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine that will replace the 1.3-litre Multijet engine from the sedan. Maruti is not expected to increase the price significantly. The car currently competes with the likes of Honda City, Toyota Yaris and Hyundai Verna in the market.