The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has been spotted testing once again, this time in Delhi. As in previous instances, the car was heavily camouflaged, though it does let out small details like the double barrel headlamps and OVRMs with integrated turn indicators.
The Ciaz shares the platform with the S-Cross crossover. The Ciaz will draw design inspiration from the concept which was unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and unlike the SX4, will be a global model for Suzuki. The car will feature a sporty and flowing design as opposed to the conservative design the SX4 has.
Equipment levels will vary depending upon the market requirements. In India, we expect the car to be equipped on par with the competition, which means it will get climate control, a navigation system, rear A/C vents and an infotainment system among others creature comforts. The quality of interiors will also be raised up a notch to give it a more premium feel.
The diesel variants of the Ciaz will get the tried and tested 1.3-litre MultiJet unit. The petrol variants are expected to be powered by a 1.4-litre K Series engine which is currently used in the Ertiga. Both the engines will come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, though the petrol will also get the option of a CVT.
Though Maruti Suzuki’s current C-Segment sedan, the SX4, is selling in decent numbers, it has grown old and it is high time Maruti replaced it with a new car. Being a Maruti, we can expect the Ciaz to be priced competitively. It will compete with other sedans like the Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta and the Honda City.