Maruti Suzuki launched the much awaited Ciaz sedan on Monday with introductory prices of the car ranging between Rs 6.99 lakh to Rs 9.80 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. First shown as a concept model in the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo earlier in 2014, the Ciaz has replaced the aging SX4 in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio in India.
The Ciaz will be offered in a choice of two engine options across a total of eight variants, namely- VXi, VXi+, ZXi and ZXi Optional for the petrol variants; and VDi, VDi+, ZDi, and ZDi Optional in the diesel variants. The petrol variants of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz feature the company’s K-Series 1.4 litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that develops 92.5PS of max power @ 6,000 rpm and 130Nm of peak torque @ 4,000 rpm. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while a 4-speed automatic transmission is also on offer. Although, the automatic gearbox can only be had in VXi+ or ZXi trim. The ARAI certified fuel economy is 20.73 km/l for the manual car, whereas, the automatic version has a slightly lower figure of 19.12 km/l.
The diesel variants are powered by the Fiat derived 1.3 litre four-cylinder turbocharged MultiJet diesel engine that develops 90PS of peak power @ 4,000 rpm and 200Nm of maximum torque @ 1,750 rpm. In the Ciaz, Maruti claims this engine to return an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 26.21 km/l, thereby, making it India’s most fuel efficient car! Unlike the petrol, the diesel engine variants will only be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Speaking of the features, the base -VXi / VDi variants are decently equipped and come fitted with central locking, a driver information display, projector lamps, fog lamps, keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs, a double din stereo, rear air-conditioning vents, tilt adjustable steering, front and rear armrests, front and rear cup holders, power steering, all four power windows and rear defogger. The subsequent VXi+ / VDi+ variants get anti-lock brakes, steering mounted audio controls, driver airbag, and reverse parking sensors in addition.
Further up the range, the ZXi / ZDi variants feature alloy wheels, climate control, rear sun blind, illuminated foot well with adjustable lighting, dual airbags, reverse camera, height adjustable driver’s seat, and electrically folding ORVMs.
The top of the line ZXi (O) / ZDi (O) come with start/stop button, leather upholstery, a touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition, electronic brake force distribution and 16 inch alloy wheels. The ZXi (O) and ZDi (O) variants, however, will be made available in early 2015.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is also claimed to be the most spacious car in its segment as it has the longest wheelbase amongst its competition. The Ciaz will be taking the fight against the Honda City, which is by and large the favorite in the segment.
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