Maruti Ciaz moves to Nexa from today as it will be sold alongside other premium offerings; it’s expected to contribute 20% overall sales at Nexa
Maruti Suzuki was initially thought to be launching its facelifted avatar of the Ciaz sedan in the beginning of this April especially as an imminent answer to the new City. But, standing in contrast was the news from our trusted sources earlier that the facelift will be delayed till the opening half of 2018 and likely premiere at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February.
As we additionally confirmed, the existing Ciaz has been moved from regular sales outlets to Nexa dealerships underlining its premium nature from today. It’s worth noting that, the variant badges and Maruti Suzuki inscription have been removed as we already revealed in pictures down below. The SHVS diesel variants will have the badge carried over while the RS version switches to just ‘S’ badge.
Moreover, the existing trims – V(O), V+, Z, and Z+ – are dropped in favour of Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha variant levels as customary with Nexa. With no added equipment, visual change or engine tweak, the Ciaz continues with the price range between Rs. 7.73 lakh and Rs. 10.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Maruti has so far crossed over 200,000 units of sale from the Nexa outlets. Across the country over 250 of these premium dealerships have been established over the last couple of years. The Ciaz, which is the fourth product to enter Nexa following S-Cross, Baleno and Ignis, is expected to contribute about 20 percent overall sales and more footfalls guaranteed considering its already overwhelming popularity.
To celebrate the shift to Nexa, a new ‘Nexa Blue’ colour option has been added and it will sit alongside Pearl Snow White, Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown, Pearl Sangria Red, Metallic Silky Silver, Metallic Glistening Grey, Pearl Midnight Black and Metallic Clear Beige. Currently, the Ciaz is powered by a 1,373 cc petrol engine making 91 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
It is coupled to either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto ‘box in select petrol variants. The diesel motor employing mild hybrid tech has 1,248 cc displacement and develops 89 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm and is connected to a five-speed manual gearbox. Maruti might add a new 1.6-litre diesel mill to the Ciaz lineup in a later time following the launch of Ciaz facelift next year. The Ciaz C-segment sedan competes against its arch rival Honda City along with Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and the likes.
The facelifted Ciaz is likely to come with subtle cosmetic upgrades such as tweaked grille, fog lamps and bumpers along with addition of LED Daytime Running Lights, new set of alloy wheels and HID projector lamps. The range-topping variant is expected to get sunroof alongside a range of customisation options. The interior may sport an all-black theme and a big touchscreen infotainment system will provide access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
No changes are expected in proportions as the Ciaz facelift will measure 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 and the ground clearance stands at 170 mm. Expect the prices for the facelift to vary between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 40,000 across the range when it gets released next year.
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