The existing 1.4-litre petrol engine will be replaced in favour of a brand new more powerful 1.5-litre K15B petrol hybrid unit making 104 hp and 138 Nm
Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to introduce the facelifted version of the popular Ciaz sedan by the end of July or in early August. The move will be crucial for the largest automaker in the country since the C-segment for sedan has seen increased competition from recently launched Toyota Yaris as well as the latest generation Hyundai Verna that entered market in August 2017.
While the well-received Honda City continues to gather in sales numbers, it was time for a revised Ciaz and more than just a mild refresh, Maruti Suzuki is banking big on the updated model. Having shifted the sales of Ciaz from regular Arena showrooms to Nexa premium dealerships, the brand has elevated its upmarket status.
The exterior features include new front fascia with a slender grille and restyled bumper. The revised headlamps get LED Daytime Running Lights, along with new rear bumper and a reworked tail lamp cluster with sleeker turn indicator and reversing lamp.
The interior will see updates as well with feature additions. The major change will take place on the mechanical front as the existing 1.4-litre petrol engine will be replaced in favour of a brand new more powerful 1.5-litre K15B unit. Its presence is evident from the blue hybrid badge at the boot and the lack of DDiS badge on the fender.
The new 1.5-litre petrol SHVS mild hybrid system will be making its way into other Maruti Suzuki models like Baleno and Vitara Brezza in the near future. But, the upcoming Ciaz and Ertiga are the vehicles getting the new powertrain in its initial phase.
It is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 104 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,000 rpm. In Indonesia, it is mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque converter automatic and we can expect the same transmission choices to feature in India as well.
Due to the start/stop technology, the engine will be more fuel efficient than the one found in Indonesia. With Toyota supplying Corolla Altis to Maruti Suzuki under latest partnership, the new petrol hybrid unit will also be present in the D-segment sedan by the end of this decade.