The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is a highly anticipated C-Segment sedan which has been spotted testing around Delhi on numerous occasions. While the company is still mum about the launch date of the sedan, reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki has stopped the production of SX4 sedans and that it intends to launch its replacement in September.
The Ciaz is based on the same platform which is used in the S-Cross crossover. The design has will be inspired by the concept car which was unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Unlike the SX4, the Ciaz will be a global model for Suzuki and will feature flowing design as opposed to the conservative design the current SX4 has. The Ciaz is expected to get the standard equipment list including climate control, a navigation system, rear aircon vents and an infotainment system.
The diesel variants of the Ciaz will get the tried and tested 1.3-litre MultiJet unit while 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 unit.
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 Suzuki product, 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.