Transmission:5 speed manual (Est.)
Horsepower @ RPM:91 @ 4000
Torque @ RPM:130 @ 4000
Top Speed:93 mph (Est.)
Price:699000car segment:concept carsbody style:sedan
2014 Maruti-Suzuki Ciazby Riju Ganguly , on
The Baleno and SX4 was Maruti bold step towards getting their hands on the sedan market of the Country but unfortunately both the sedans was not able to leave their mark amongst the crowd as Maruti though it would. So Indias largest auto manufacturer had to remain satisfied with the poor sales figures of their SX4 sedan and concentrate only on the hatchback segment of the Country. Only recently Maruti Suzuki again tried to take a dig towards the sedan segment of the Country and showcased a concept version of a new sedan called the Ciaz at the 2014, Auto Expo in Delhi. We also have showed you some live images of the concept sedan being displayed at the expo.
After just few months Suzuki took the covers off from another almost production ready version of the sedan christened as Alivio at the 2014, Beijing auto show and then what is even more interesting is the fact that few month earlier we have seen couple of camouflaged test mules of the Ciaz sedan on our Indian road which clearly indicated Maruti’s intentions and what they are up to. Now a sedan which has been completely built from scratch from the most popular small car manufacturer of the Country was something to look out for and now when it is out in the open let us just give you all the details of this newly launched premium mid-size sedan Ciaz which will take on the popular Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Maruti Ciaz
MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ CONCEPT
The Ciaz concept as already mentioned above was first showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi, It was one aggressive looking sedan with its strong shoulder line and coupe like roofline. Although Maruti did not revealed anything about the sedans drivetrain or its interior at that time but the concept surely brought a fresh new breeze of air to the Maruti Suzuki stands at the expo.
the tail lamps seems to have been inspired from the popular Honda City
Maruti has tried their best to give this new upcoming sedan of theirs an upmarket look so that Maruti could also enlist their name in the premium auto segment of the Country. They already have two other sedans right now under their interesting product lineup. The first one as we already mentioned above the not so popular SX4 while the second one is not exactly a mid-size sedan but a compact sedan and is built on the same platform as their popular hatch Swift and called the Swift Dzire.
The first thing that will definitely catch your attention is the fact that this car is huge and which is actually good considering the fact that the occupants will never have to complain about the interior space. The front of the car has a small typical Maruti grille with the Suzuki logo in the middle, what is even more interesting is the fact that the Ciaz sports new projector headlamps which will be available with all the trims. The lower front bumper also looks stylish with the presence of air dams and trapezoidal fog lamps. The front bonnet also has some contours lines which looks stylish too.
Towards its side profile there is not much interesting thing to explain or notice except a character line which flows all the way from the front wheel arch all the way towards its rear tail lamps. The only thing that we did not liked about the new Ciaz are its 16 inch alloy design which looks bit boring with plenty of spokes.
The rear profile although has a bit of surprise for everybody because the tail lamps seems to have been inspired from the popular Honda City, while we loved the chrome finish that has been given to the boot of the car, while the rear bumper too looks stylish.
Overall this new mid-size sedan looks interesting as well as practical and the sheer size of this new sedan will definitely attract lot of attention for sure while the clever touches like the projector headlamps and sharp front end are added deliberately to attract attention.
2014 MARUTI CIAZ DIMENSION
Length 4490 mm Width 1730 mm Height 1485mm Wheel base 2650 mm Boot volume 510 litres Ground clearance 170 mm19 photos
Before I start discussing about the interior let me tell you the interior on its first impression looks and feels upmarket with the addition of the duel tone dashboard finished in Beige and Black while the dash also has a wooden finish to it. However some of the switches and buttons are taken from other Maruti products which many consumers won’t like. The top end trims also comes with the steering mounted controls while the steering itself definitely looks attractive.
The new Maruti Ciaz will also be equipped with a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports all type of media files and equipped with AUX, AM/FM, data card support and above all a satellite navigation system last but not the least it also comes with Bluetooth compatibility. There is also climate control, rear view camera for easy parking available with the top end trims. The instrument cluster with all the dials looks pretty impressive too. The cabin also features plenty of leather wrapped accessories including the seats, steering wheel. While the driver and side passenger will get manual seat adjusts and there will be no option of electronically adjustable seats. The rear passengers too will also get plenty of leg and headroom for a comfortable journey and plenty of storage spaces both inside the cabin and also at the boot. The soon to be launched Ciaz will come with 510 liters of boot space which is quite impressive.
The new Ciaz interior like every other Maruti product is practical, spacious and comfortable and also will come equipped with plenty of features. It will also be available in 4 trims both with petrol and diesel variants which include the V(base), V+, Z, Z+.
The soon to be launched Ciaz sedan will be powered by the 1.4-litre K-series petrol engine which also powers their MPV Ertiga however this engine has been specially tuned for the Ciaz sedan. This petrol engine is capable of producing 91bhp of peak power at 4000 rpm and 130 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. This newly tuned engine has been mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.
While the diesel variant is powered by a 1.3 liter DDIS Fiat Sourced diesel engine which produces about 89 bhp of peak power at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1750 rpm. Maruti Suzuki will also offer a 4 speed automatic transmission but it will only be available with the petrol variant of this mid-size sedan.
Maruti claimed that the the DDIS diesel engine will return 26.21 kmpl which will also make it Ciaz the most fuel efficient diesel drivetrain of the Country while the Petrol engine will return a fuel efficiency of 20.73 kmpl, the best amongst the sedans of its class.
The Introductory prices for the Ciaz sedan are provided below:
Trims (Petrol) Prices (ex showroom Delhi) Maruti Ciaz V INR 6.99 lakhs Maruti Ciaz V+ INR 7.55 lakhs Maruti Ciaz V+ AT INR 8.65 lakhs Maruti Ciaz Z INR 8.24 lakhs Maruti Ciaz Z AT INR 9.34 lakhs Maruti Ciaz Z (O) INR 8.59 lakhs Trims (Diesel) Prices (Ex showroom Delhi) Maruti Ciaz Vdi Rs 8.04 lakh Maruti Ciaz Vdi+ Rs 8.63 lakh Maruti Ciaz Zdi Rs 9.45 lakh Maruti Ciaz Zdi+ Rs 9.8 lakh
The Honda City will perhaps be the biggest rival of the upcoming Ciaz because this is the most popular choice of the owners who are planning to get their hands on a premium sedan priced below the 10 lakh rupee mark. Honda recently launched the next generation City with a diesel engine. The 1.5 liter diesel engine produces about 100 ps of peak power and 200 Nm of torque while the 1.5 Liter petrol engine remains mechanically unchanged and produces about 119 ps of peak power and 145 Nm of torque figures. People love the City for its premium looks and quality interiors.
The Hyundai Verna too is one popular model amongst the crowd, those who love the Korean auto manufacturer and their aggressive styling on their products loves to get their hands on the Verna Fludic. The Verna Fludic comes with variety of diesel and petrol engine options but the 1.4-liter CRDi is among the more popular variants of the new Verna Fluidic. This 1396 cc common-rail diesel engine with direct-injection generates 90 PS of peak power and 220 Nm of torque which drives the front wheels. Beside that a more powerful 1.6-liter diesel with a variable geometry turbocharger is also available with the Verna.
This was the most neglected car in the Indian market until now Ford launched the facelift version of the Fiesta sedan recently in the Indian market priced really aggressively. The new sedan received some cosmetic changes on its exterior but it is available only with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel unit which produces about 91 Ps of peak power at 3750 rpm and 204 Nm of peak torque in between 2000-2750 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.
The Maruti Ciaz will set a new benchmark in terms of styling and interior space for sure because this car is longer than the current Honda City and with these interesting new fuel efficient Drivetrain this sedan will surely impress many. The Ciaz will not only attract attention just because of its new features and drivetrain but also for its aggressive and sporty styling and practicality.About the author
Horse Power91 @ 4000 HP
Top speed93 mph