Maruti Ciaz Concept’s production variant spied in China

Caught on test in China was the production variant of Ciaz Concept, showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Based on the Suzuki Authentics Concept, the production variant of Ciaz is expected to make its presence felt at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April. To be manufactured locally by Changan-Suzuki joint venture, sales could commence in China in the second half of this year.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (Chi-aaz) is based on the same platform as  S-Cross crossover, which was also showcased at the Auto Expo. To be offered in China with a different name, probably Authentics, in India it might go under the Ciaz nameplate where it will be available for sale later this year in time for the festive season. In India, Ciaz will take the place of the ageing SX4 sedan, which has been around since 2007.

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Ciaz/Authentics sedan will be powered by a 1.6 liter petrol engine also doing duty on the S-Cross which is capable of 120 bhp peak power and 156 Nm torque. Car buyers in India will be offered the option of a 1.3 liter DDIS diesel engine or a 1.6 liter diesel engine with more details being revealed closer to launch date.

Ciaz goes by the code name YL1 in India. It could be seen sporting well designed exterior updates and an interior much akin to the Ertiga and Swift. Safety features will include ABS, dual front airbags, 16” alloy wheels and automatic climate control. Maruti Ciaz will also sport steering integrated audio controls and rear AC vents to be seen on board its top end variant. Prices are yet to be announced.

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