New Maruti Ciaz facelift spied on test ahead of 2018 Auto Expo debut
A test mule of the upcoming face-lifted Ciaz was spotted, bearing an updated grille design. Images - Aman Kumar Khurana.
The C-segment sedan from country’s largest manufacturer is now due for a mid-life upgrade and the recent spy-shots confirm that the face-lift shall arrive soon this year, potentially as early as next week, at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Since its launch in 2014, the Maruti Ciaz has managed to give some serious competition to the segment leader – the Honda City. In the year 2016, it even dethroned Honda City of its top position and became the segment leader; however with the mid-life upgrade which the City received back in Feb’17, the City landed up grabbing the top spot, again.
The face-lifted Ciaz was spotted with heavy camouflage but still gave out hints of an updated front with a new one-piece grille. Going by the trend, it is fair to expect an updated set of alloys with the facelift along with some remodelled chrome inserts, both in the front and the rear.
The 2018 Maruti Ciaz should also come along with some changes in the interior, including updated upholstery and an advanced touch-screen system. Under the hood, the 1.3-litre diesel engine (88.47 hp) could make way for the newly tested 1.5-litre diesel engine, which the company has tested and developed in-house. The K14B VVT petrol motor which develops 91.15 hp & 130 Nm of torque is expected to continue in the facelift.
Currently, the Ciaz faces competition from the City, Hyundai Verna, VW Vento and Skoda Rapid. With the new Ciaz expected to make debut at the 2018 Auto Expo next month, launch should take place after that. Expect price to remain same as current Ciaz.