To be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options, Maruti Ciaz will replace SX4 in the line-up. Petrol engine will be in the form of a 1.4l four cylinder generating 92.45 PS and 130 Nm torque, while diesel will be in the form of a 1.3l generating 90 PS and 200 Nm torque. Official claimed mileage is 20.73 kmpl for petrol and 26.21 kmpl for diesel (making it the most fuel efficient car in India, previous car was Honda City diesel). Transmission option is in the form of five speed manual and 4 speed auto (only petrol).
Dimensions are 4490mm length, 1730mm width, height is 1485 mm while wheelbase is at 2650 mm, ground clearance at 170 mm and boot capacity is 510 litres. This makes the Ciaz longest and widest in its class. Kerb weight of petrol model is at 1010 kgs, and 1105 kgs for diesel. A total of seven colour options are on offer.
Talking about features on offer, Ciaz comes with remote key, start/stop button, electric ORVM, rear AC vents, six speakers, airbags, ABS, ESC, central lock, speed sensing lock, adjustable steering wheel, steering mounted controls, 5 inch colour screen on dashboard, reverse park assist with display on screen, rear defogger, power windows, leather seats, multi spoke alloys, 16 inch alloys, projector headlamps, voice recognition. Apart from this, the new images also reveal that the Ciaz will be offered in a choice of four variants – VXi, VXi+, ZXi, and ZXi+ for petrol and VDi, VDi+, ZDi and ZDi+ petrol.
Maruti has probably invested the most in Ciaz’s marketing strategy (hiring Bollywood star Ranveer Singh), compared to any of their previous car’s in recent years. This is probably because with Ciaz, Maruti is trying to break away from their image of small car maker.
Yes, Ciaz will be Maruti’s top of the line offering in sedan segment, and will come with many first-time features to be seen in a Maruti, but will it be able to compete with established leaders like Honda City and Hyundai Verna, that remains to be seen.
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