2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift receives subtle cosmetic updates and interior changes; India launch likely at upcoming Auto Expo
The current generation Honda City was launched at the beginning of 2014 in India and it became the fastest selling mid-size sedan to reach one lakh sales milestone in the next 15 months. Boosted by the arrival of the i-DTEC diesel engine, the City went on to set records before Maruti Suzuki rolled up its sleeves and entered the Ciaz. Both the C-segment models exchange blows with little to choose between them in terms of sales numbers and that beckoned respective facelifts to master the competition.
The Japanese brand updated the City with all-black interiors back in February 2016 before a thorough facelift greeted customers in February 2017 with several cosmetic and equipment upgrades that indeed made the City more expensive than ever. Deep in the segment, Hyundai introduced the new generation Verna back in August last year. It has been doing a stellar job in its opening months by beating both its top-notch rivals in our domestic market.
No sooner response is expected from VW regarding the Vento and the new Skoda Rapid launched last year featured several exterior and interior revisions. We expected Maruti to introduce a facelift as early as last year but it did not turn out to be the case.
Instead, Maruti strategically shifted the sales of Ciaz from regular showrooms to Nexa premium outlets starting from April 2017 and brought a sense of more upmarket ambience to the vehicle. However, the Ciaz facelift, upon its arrival, will likely have more than visible changes as it enters a refreshed battle with the City and Verna.
We got hold of the spy pictures of the upcoming Ciaz again and compared to the earlier prototype, the changes have evolved. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift:
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift India Launch
|Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Launch||February 2018|
Maruti Suzuki appears to be gearing up for an assault with the updated Ciaz and as far as we know, a launch is on the cards in the early parts of this year – most probably at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February before going on sale.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift India Price
|Ciaz Facelift Base Sigma||Rs. 8.1 lakh|
|Ciaz Facelift Top-End Alpha 1.4 AT||Rs. 12.2 lakh|
Currently, the Ciaz sedan is priced from Rs. 7.77 lakh for the Sigma 1.4 MT base variant. Sold across 13 different trims with two transmission and as many engine options, the Ciaz’s top-spec S 1.3 Hybrid trim carries a price tag of Rs. 11.55 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom Delhi). Expect the prices for the facelift to vary between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 40,000 across the range.
|Engine Displacement||1,373 cc petrol / 1,248 cc diesel SHVS|
|Max. Power||91 bhp at 6,000 rpm / 89 bhp at 4,000 rpm|
|Peak Torque||130 Nm at 4,000 rpm / 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm|
|Gearbox||five-speed manual or four-speed auto for petrol/ five-speed manual only for diesel|
|Suspension||McPherson Strut Front / Torsion Beam Rear|
|Brakes||Disc Front / Drum Rear|
Currently, it is powered by a 1,373 cc petrol engine developing 91 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm – mated to five-speed manual transmission or four-speed auto ‘box in select petrol variants. The diesel mill consisting of mild hybrid technology, as similar to the updated S-Cross, has 1,248 cc displacement and produces 89 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm.
It comes linked with a five-speed manual gearbox. Just like Maruti Suzuki upped the fervor during 2016 festive season with the RS sporty variant of Ciaz, it could incorporate a mild-hybrid fuel-saving system in the petrol engine. A 1.5-litre diesel engine produced in-house could eventually be added to the lineup as well replacing the existing oil-burner.
|Maruti Ciaz Top Speed||Around 170 kmph|
The maximum speed in which the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is expected to hit will be as similar to the outgoing model at around 170 kmph. If any sporty variant is launched, the mechanicals might be tweaked to allow a slightly higher top speed.
|Ciaz Facelift Expected Mileage||21 kmpl for manual and 20 kmpl for auto (petrol)/ 29 kmpl for diesel|
With a little improvement in mileage, the Ciaz sedan is likely to return a fuel economy of 21 kmpl for petrol manual and 20 kmpl for petrol automatic variant. Alongside, it may have a fuel efficiency of around 29 kmpl in the diesel department.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Exterior and Interior
It will receive premium touches on the outside as well as on the inside. As the number of Nexa showrooms increasing rapidly, the chances of the Ciaz facelift being highlighted primarily as a flagship product at the premium dealerships are also high.
From the visual standpoint, the facelifted Ciaz will come equipped with subtle cosmetic upgrades like reworked multi-slat grille, fog lamp area and bumpers, new prominent bonnet creases, inclusion of LED Daytime Running Lights, newly designed alloy wheels and HID projectors.
The fresh spy pictures denote that the rear end appears to have undergone minor tweaks with the tail lights and bumper area. The range-topping variants is likely to offer sunroof while the interior could be adorned with an all-black theme and touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Dimensions
No changes are expected dimension wise as the Ciaz facelift is likely to measure the same as its predecessor. It stretches to 4,490 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width, 1,485 mm in height and has wheelbase of 2,650 mm. The boot space should be good enough to hold a volume of 530 litres while the ground clearance stands at 170 mm for the four-door sedan.
|Fuel tank capacity||43 litres|
|Kerb weight||1,010 kg|
2018 Maruti Ciaz Ground Clearance
|Maruti Ciaz Facelift Ground Clearance||170 mm|
The ground clearance of the Ciaz Facelift is most likely to remain at 170 mm and it is already 5 mm more than what City could manage.
2018 Maruti Ciaz Boot Space
|Maruti Ciaz Facelift Boot Space||530 litres|
The boot space should be good enough to hold a volume of 530 litres considering that there won’t be any structural changes in the upcoming Ciaz. The platform in which the existing Ciaz will be based on is likely going to remain the same.
2018 Maruti Ciaz Tyre Size
|Front Tyre||185 / 65 R15 or 195 / 55 R16 on top end|
|Rear Tyre||185 / 65 R15 or 195 / 55 R16 on top end|
The tyre size of the base Ciaz variants will stick with 15-inchers we would predict while the top-of-the-line models will have a larger 16-inch alloy wheels.
2018 Maruti Ciaz Features
|2018 Maruti Ciaz Top Features|
|1. Panoramic Sunroof|
|2. Revised Cosmetic Updates|
|3. LED Daytime Running Lights|
|4. Newly Designed Alloy Wheels|
|5. Improved Material Quality on the Inside|
|6. Added Convenience Features|
|7. Added Safety Equipment|
|8. Bettered Comfort Levels|
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Rivals
The upcoming Ciaz facelift will compete against its arch rival Honda City along with Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and the likes.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Images
Image Credit: Sukhpreet Singh