- The spotted test mule featured smart-hybrid badge.
- It could retain the same specs as the BS IV version.
- The power output could vary from the current version.
- Maruti Suzuki India is likely to use the BS6 1.5L petrol unit in Ertiga, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza.
- As for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz BS6 price, it is likely to change upwardly opposed to the current version.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz BS6 has been caught testing on the Indian roads much ahead of the April 2020 deadline for the stringent BS VI emission norms. The test mule sported the ‘Smart Hybrid’ badge at the back, implying the mild hybrid system will be retained from the current BS IV version. For those not in the know, Ciaz’s mild hybrid system consists of a dual-battery set-up and an integrated starter generator.
Maruti Suzuki India’s flagship sedan received a facelift in August last year which was primarily restricted to subtle cosmetic changes, albeit the high point of the facelift was the all-new 1.5-litre, K15B petrol engine. Talking of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz specifications, the new petrol unit makes a maximum power of 105 bhp against a peak torque of 138 Nm.
The hybrid system in the sedan facilitates brake energy recuperation and torque assist. It also comes with idle start-stop function, which aide fuel economy. That said, the claimed fuel economy for the new 1.5-litre petrol engine is 21.56 km/l. Transmission duties are handled by a conventional five-speed manual and an optional four-speed automatic gearbox, both direct power to the front wheels.
As for the BS6 Maruti Ciaz specs, it remains to be seen if it will be retained or not. Transmission options could also vary, details deeming which will be revealed later. While the company has begun testing BS6 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, its bread and butter model, Maruti Alto and the premium hatchback, Baleno has already been upgraded to BS VI norms. Maruti Suzuki India is expected to use the BS VI compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine in some of its other models including Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Maruti S-Cross. In its segment, the sedan takes on arch-rivals Honda City and Hyundai Verna, both of which received an update earlier this year.