- It is a facelift, not a new-gen car
- Will get new engine options
- Interior tweaks and equipment upgrades are expected
According to previous reports, the facelifted version of Maruti’s C-segment sedan, the Ciaz, was expected to be launched on 6 August. With fresh reports coming in, it seems that, the launch has been pushed further towards the end of August.
The stocks of the old Ciaz have almost been shipped out of the factory and dealers are offering sizeable discounts depending upon the stock and location to clear out their shelves before models of new car starts coming in. The production of the new Ciaz has already begun with the pictures of the dispatch-ready cars at the factory leaking on the internet.
The new Ciaz gets sharper looks with a sleeker grille, elongated headlamps and a sportier front bumper. While the rear bumper might also have been reworked, it looks very similar to the current design. The interiors might get a little revamp in terms of a touch-screen and a cabin layout resembling that of the new Swift and the Dzire.
Also, the new Ciaz will debut with the 1.5-litre petrol engine. The 1.5-turbodiesel is also in the making for over a year now and looks like it will be introduced on the new Ciaz, but not at this launch. The new diesel will be BS-VI compliant and might also get a fully automatic option. In terms of the interiors, expect new wooden patterns and little tweaks to the dash.
Competing with the new Verna, the City and the Skoda Rapid, the new Ciaz might become a little more premium in terms of pricing, especially when it gets at par with the competition in terms of power figures.