Maruti Ciaz completes trial production, SX4 already killed
New Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is all ready to be launched in the country by September 2014, just ahead of the festive season. The first batch of production has already been successfully completed at Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki India. Seen as a replacement to the outgoing SX4 sedan, that has not been doing very well lately, the upcoming Ciaz is undergoing extensive tests at the company plant in Manesar currently.
Shown at 2014 Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is based on Suzuki’s Authentics concept, showcased at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. Once launched, the Ciaz will be priced a bracket of INR 7.2 lakh to INR 10.5 lakh, and will compete against Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Vento. Maruti Suzuki India has already stopped production of SX4.
Ciaz will sport a 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine or 1.4 liter K Series petrol engine seen on board the Ertiga. It will come in with a host of features with heavy emphasis on safety which will include ABS with EBD besides others. Features will also include keyless entry, push button start and leather seating while the Ciaz will sit on 16” alloy wheels.
Rear seat comforts with better on board equipment and premium space will be highlights of the new Ciaz specially designed keeping in view buyer’s preferences in countries like India and China where the new Ciaz will be sold. Passenger seating will see improved ride quality with softer springs and better suspension components leading to a cushioned ride.
Leg room is also at a premium on board the new Ciaz which has an overall length of 4545mm which is even longer than the new Honda City, the current leader in the segment. It is this extended length that will give back seat passengers more space specially since a large percentage of owners will prefer to be chauffeur driven and hence rear seat comforts have been given more emphasis. Ciaz is 1,730 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall.
Earlier today, the first clear spy shots of Maruti Ciaz in production ready avatar were revealed online by Autohome. You can have a look at them in the gallery below.
Source Financial Express