Suzuki Alivio Pro features subtle exterior and interior updates; takes power from a 1.6-litre petrol engine making 120 bhp
The 2017 Suzuki Alivio, which is more likely to be the facelifted Ciaz for India, was unveiled at the Chengdu Motor Show back in August and now it has been officially revealed for the Chinese market. The Chinese spec sedan has arrived in its updated avatar known as the Suzuki Alivio Pro. As expected, the exterior has witnessed several design changes while the interior is revised with addition of new features.
The dimension remains identical to its predecessor and the inclusion of Pro suffix is the major change. Up front the single frame grille takes the prominence while the fog lamps are revised and bumper gets updated to go well with the grille. The fog lamps gain chrome bezels for a more premium stance. While the headlamps appear similar, Suzuki has made subtle modifications.
Going to the rear, the bumper signifies a more clean profile and the tail lamp units are redesigned to allow for the big stop lamp. The 2017 Suzuki Alivio Pro has seen its interior being largely modified with the addition of bigger touchscreen infotainment system with supposed SmartPlay interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A whole bunch of features offered includes automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, engine start-stop button, etc.
As for the safety, the Japanese manufacturer will be selling the Alivio Pro with dual airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) among others. On the mechanical front, the new Alivio Pro sedan gets a 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
It is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 120 bhp. Some of you might be wondering, why fixing something that hasn’t been broken? The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is still a good looking car and comparatively the Alivio Pro is certainly a downer in terms of looks. It will provide some design cues for the facelifted Ciaz but nothing would drastically change though from what we used to.
Earlier this year, Maruti Suzuki moved the sales of Ciaz from regular showrooms to Nexa. It was a no-brainer for a sedan with premium looks and features. With Honda City having already received a facelift and the new generation Hyundai Verna just entered the fray doing good volumes, Maruti is expected to launch the updated version of Ciaz sometime early next year.