Maruti Ciaz gets ISOFIX mounts as it becomes the first vehicle from the MSIL stable to feature it as standard fitment
In a bid to improve child safety, Maruti Suzuki has introduced ISOFIX mounts as standard on the successfully running premium C-segment Ciaz sedan. It is the first model from the leading car maker in the domestic market to provide such facility as the internationally recognised mounts are offered on the rear seats. The new system could kick start a trend in the lower level segments as you don’t often see mid-size cars being fitted with the much-needed ISOFIX mounts as standard.
For those wondering, ISOFIX is the internationally standardised fitting system for attachment points of child safety seats in passenger vehicles eliminating the need of seat belts. The Isofix child seat system, which has been around in foreign markets since 1997, is fitted into the corresponding fitting mounts in the car which in turn removes the need of seat belts for securing it safely. From 2012 onwards automakers started to provide an additional top tether or support leg which restricts the child seat titling or rotating upon impact.
Of late, encouragingly, many car makers in the country have started fitting their cars with safety features like dual airbags as standard. With government’s move towards making car companies sell safer vehicles, elements like airbags, seat-belt reminder alarm, speed-warning technology and reverse gear sensors for child pedestrian safety are expected to be made compulsory soon. As we have exclusively revealed, the Ciaz is about to get a facelift launched by April 2017 and it may feature additional safety tech too.
It will have subtle revisions to the exterior alongside improved interior equipment list. 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 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.