Maruti Suzuki introduced its updated Ciaz, finally. With the launch of the new model, the already competitive Ciaz will be taking an edge over its rivals with more added features. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift gets a price range of Rs 8.19 lakh to 10.97 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi) and with this pricing, Maruti also offers some cosmetic changes, more equipment and features along with a new petrol engine.So, let’s dig deep and know more about the new Ciaz facelift.
The new facelift did not come out with a whole new makeover, but some subtle changes give an enhanced road presence to it. The new model dons new front and rear bumper along with its newly designed grille and not to forget the new headlamp setup. The variants such as the Zeta and Alpha are offered with LED headlamps and taillamps with some chrome garnishing on the grille. Going further to the top-of-the-line Alpha trim comes with an LED daytime running lights and newly designed 16 inch alloys. The interior layout of the facelift is nearly identical to the outgoing version, however, the new touchscreen infotainment system could be quite luring for the consumers.
The safety-level in the new model gives it a thumbs up, although, the previous version was offered with dual-front airbags and ABS with EBD and now this has been carried over with some more features like the rear parking sensors, speed alert system, seat-belt reminders for both the driver and front passenger and Isofix child seat mounts, where these features are standard across all variants. Coming to the range-topping variant, it will now come packed with cruise control and automatic headlamps with auto-levelling function.
Suzuki’s new K15B engine
With the introduction of the 2018 Ciaz facelift, Maruti also introduced Suzuki’s new K15B engine, replacing the previous K14B, 1.3 L petrol motor that cranked out 91bhp with 130Nm. The new 1.5L four-cylinder engine produces 103bhp of maximum power and 138Nm of peak torque. The same engine will also make its way with the second-generation Ertiga MPV in India in a few months. As far as transmission system is concerned, there are no changes made to it and the petrol unit still comes with a choice of a 5-speed manual offered as standard and a 4-speed torque converter automatic.
The diesel engine is the same setup as seen on the predecessors – a 1.3L four cylinder engine that develops 89bhp with 200Nm, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile, Maruti is working on a BS-VI compliant new 1.5-litre diesel engine that would replace the current Fiat-sourced motor.
Fuel efficiency is not only an important factor for the consumers, but the car makers as well, and the new Ciaz still holds the position of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan. The diesel engine gets the same ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 28.09kmpl. However, the new petrol is even more fuel efficient rated at 20.28kmpl for the automatic and 21.56kmpl for the manual mileage. The increase in the figure than the older model, even with an increase in displacement. Thanks to the mild-hybrid system that runs start-stop and torque assist functions with a use of a lithium-ion battery mounted under the front passenger seat, while the battery is charged with the help of brake energy regeneration.
Priced very competitively
Speaking of the pricing, Maruti Suzuki keeps it very competitive, compared to its rivals. Nonetheless, the diesel variants of the Ciaz facelift are priced even lower than the outgoing model, despite adding more equipment and safety. The diesel version of the Ciaz starts with a price tag of Rs 9.19 lakh and goes up to Rs 10.97 lakh. This range undercuts its rivals in the diesel version as well - Honda City, which is ranged between Rs 11.10 lakh to 13.88 lakh, Hyundai Verna between Rs 9.60 lakh - 12.86 lakh, Skoda Rapid in a range of Rs 9.95 lakh - 13.93 lakh and Volkswagen Vento with a price range of Rs 9.65 lakh to 13.92 lakh. The difference of around Rs 30,000- Rs 50,000 clearly speaks of even better value-for-money proposition. The only thing which is not available in the diesel variant is an automatic transmission that is offered in Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento.
The price of the Ciaz petrol variant is higher than its predecessor by an average of Rs 50,000. The prices of the outgoing petrol variant were priced in a range of Rs Rs 7.83 lakh - 10.63 lakh and the petrol facelift version is priced between Rs 8.19 lakh to Rs 10.97 lakh. But looking at the price tags, it has been priced very attractively. Compared to its competition, it is the Hyundai Verna 1.4L petrol engine which is priced between Rs 7.90 lakh – Rs 9.20 lakh that undercuts the 2018 Maruti Ciaz. Other petrol rivals such as the Verna 1.6L gets a price range Rs 9.81 lakh to 12.66 lakh, Honda City with a range of Rs 8.77 lakh to Rs 13.76 lakh, Skoda Rapid between Rs 8.48 lakh - Rs 12.21 lakh, Toyota Yaris with Rs 8.75 lakh – Rs 14.07 lakh and Volkswagen Vento Rs 8.33 lakh – Rs 12.54 lakh (all prices, ex showroom), are all priced above the facelift model.