Maruti Ciaz will have automatic and manual transmission, no AMT
Maruti Suzuki gears up for launch of the new Ciaz sedan just ahead of festive season in India. The company has competed trial production of Ciaz at the Manesar facility in Haryana, while production of SX4 has been already stopped.
The company is of the opinion that with AMT, Ciaz will be labelled a poor man’s automatic, a title which could prove detrimental to its image. Maruti wants to project Ciaz as a premium car, and thus they are looking at a set of customers who would not want such a tag associated with the car. AMT is also said to be jerkier and will not result in smoothness on board the Ciaz as much as will be seen with traditional transmission.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is longer and sportier with more premium features as compared to the outgoing SX4. It will be presented with both petrol and diesel engine options in the form of a K Series 1.4 litre engine seen on board the Ertiga besides a 1.3 litre Fiat sourced DDiS diesel engine while a 1.6 litre diesel engine could also be part of the engines on board the new Ciaz.
Ciaz will see added focus on rear seat comforts and in cabin design as it will be sold in markets where a large percentage of customers prefer chauffeur driven vehicles. Prices will commence at just below the INR 7 lakh mark going all the way upto INR 9.50 lakhs.
via Autocar India
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