It was widely believed that Maruti Suzuki will launch Ciaz with Automated Manual Transmission technology, especially after the kind of success their Celerio hatchback has received. But, it seems that this is no longer a possibility. A person close on the development has revealed that Ciaz AMT will not be launched, instead it will be offered with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) so as to take on rivals such as the new Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
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