Here are the cars that were spotted testing in August likkely to hit the Indian shores.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift
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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Preview
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is the Indian car maker’s C-segment offering. After a couple of years after its launch, the Ciaz finally gained momentum to surpass the Hyundai Verna and then the Honda City to become the C-segment leader, a first for Maruti in the Indian car market. The Ciaz has been around for about three years and is due for a mid-life update.
Being a mid-life update, the changes are more or less cosmetic. We haven’t spotted the test mules yet which means the launch would certainly be in the latter half of the year. Going by the segment standards, the Ciaz facelift will get LED Daytime running lamps and projector headlamps at least on the higher-spec trims. The bumpers will be tweaked along with the grille for a fresher look and we hope the Honda City-ish tail lamps go under the knife.
On the inside, the current Ciaz is at par with competition on the features front and we think Maruti might not change it much. It might get automatic headlamps or wipers to compete with the new Verna. Under the hood, it will continue to get the 1.4-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engines mated to five-speed manual gearboxes. The petrol will continue getting the four-speed automatic while the speculations are rife that the Ciaz will be the second Maruti to get the 1.6-litre Multijet II diesel engine.
It is also speculated that with the addition of the 1.6-litre engine, the Ciaz might be moved to the premium Nexa scheme of things with the Vitara Brezza becoming the flagship model for the regular dealers. The price will not increase by much for the base petrol but the 1.6-litre diesel Ciaz might supersede the top-spec Honda City in terms of pricing.