Maruti Suzuki to launch Ciaz and facelift Swift, DZire by 2014 Diwali
Maruti Suzuki has a series of launches lined up for this year, in bottom through top segments. Though Maruti cars sell in huge numbers and cars like Alto, Wagon R, Swift and Dzire continue to stay on top of best seller list, revamping them could push sales further north. Leader for over 30 years, Maruti has less market share (about 40%) compared to last year, owning to market dullness; new launches could help regain old numbers.
Maruti Swift facelift is expected to launch in mid-July 2014. Launched in UK last year, updated Swift hatchback to have contemporary features like LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) around front fog lamps, turn indicators embedded onto Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVM), electronic foldable ORVMs, redesigned centre stop light at the back, dual tone interiors, foldable rear seats, six airbags, upgraded music system with bluetooth connectivity, touched up instrument cluster and automatic headlamps.
Engine options of 2014 Swift facelift would be the same as current ones, we don’t expect Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) to be offered yet. Price hike is also unlikely.
Maruti DZire, launched in 2012 based on third generation Swift hatchback, will also receive facelift treatment for this year’s Diwali season launch. Spy shots of DZire facelift suggests trending practice of splashing chrome on front fascia is ticked. Minor changes like smoked headlights, DRLs and absent centre reflector unit on the rear can be expected in the production version. New Boost Blue Metallic exterior colour and newly designed wheel covers are also anticipated.
Internally, features like push button start, climate control, art-leather seats and bluetooth and iPod supported In-Car Entertainment (ICE) system would be seen. Add rear Air-con, electric seat adjuster and improved boot space to the list. Same engines will do duty.
New Maruti Ciaz is expected to be spotlighted in showrooms by Diwali. Unveiled in 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, SX4 replacement Ciaz sedan will compete with Honda City, Hyundai Verna and new Ford Fiesta facelift.
Also to be launched in China as Suzuki Alivio, Ciaz is believed to feature best in class interiors and seat comfort. Usual belts and whistles found in cars of the segment will be available in Ciaz as well. Engine options would be 1.4 litre petrol producing 95 PS max. power and 130 Nm peak torque, and Fiat’s 1.3 litre diesel generating 90 PS and 200 Nm.
There has been a slight change in best seller order recently. Maruti DZire trumped Alto’s sales for the second time in over 20 years of floating above all. This time, Alto is pushed to 3rd, after Swift hatchback. Will upcoming facelift models of Swift and DZire continue to stay atop Alto?