With customers preferring more of the petrol variants than that of diesel, Maruti Suzuki will be dropping the existing 1.3-litre SHVS diesel mill
After months of speculations, Maruti Suzuki will be introducing the updated Ciaz sometime in August. With increased competition in the C-segment for sedans, the largest automaker in the country is reacting with revised version of the Ciaz. The upcoming sedan will feature a number of exterior and interior changes, along with a new powertrain.
The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets several cosmetic updates mainly concentrated at the front fascia. While the overall silhouette and the tail section are carried forward, Maruti Suzuki has tweaked the front portion with a new grille assembly embellished in chrome at the borders.
Besides updated headlamp cluster and integrated LED Daytime Running Lights, the bumper is redesigned for enhanced aggression against chief rivals Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The interior does have two-tone black and beige theme with faux wooden inserts on the dashboard. The top-end trims will boast touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
On the engine front, the 1.4-litre K14B petrol engine is replaced in favour of a newly developed 1.5-litre K15B SHVS mild-hybrid unit with more power and torque. It is tuned to produce as much as 104.7 PS power at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,000 rpm. Transmission duties will likely be handled by the same five-speed manual and optional four-speed auto found in the outgoing engine.
With customers preferring more of the petrol variants than that of diesel’s, Maruti Suzuki will be dropping the 1.3-litre SHVS diesel mill currently being used. We had indeed spotted the updated diesel Ciaz with DDiS badge on fender last week, along with a six-speed manual gearbox on the Ertiga recently on test.
We suspect Maruti Suzuki is bringing a more powerful diesel version on the new generation Ertiga instead as family-oriented MPV customers tend to buy more oil-burners. The Ertiga will also feature the 1.5-litre SHVS petrol in its new avatar and it can be expected by this festive season (September or October).