February 5, 2014: Maruti Ciaz, the all-new mid-size sedan from Maruti, has been introduced at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014. Codenamed as YL1 sedan, it is supposed to replace the current generation SX-4. This concept model is expected to be launched during the festive season, this year. Based on the Ertiga platform, it draws its styling cues from the Suzuki Authentics Concept previewed at the Shanghai Motor Show'13. The petrol version features 1.4-litre K2 petrol engine, while the diesel counterpart features 1.3-litre DDiS mill, both of which are coupled with five speed manual gearbox. There is also an automatic version of the model. Some of its exclusive features include extended headlamps, prominent and shining grille and increased ground clearance. Maruti Ciaz is available in six different variants - LXi, LDi, VXi, VDi, ZXi and ZDi. The top variants of this model are enriched with features like automatic climate control, sunglasses holder, ABS+EBD, twin airbags, 16 inch alloy wheels, stereo system with USB and Bluetooth functions, chromed door handles and wood trim over the dash. All the variants come with projector headlamps.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited has unveiled the much anticipated Ciaz Concept Sedan in the Auto Expo as declared. This new sedan is touted to be the replacement of the Maruti SX4 sedan, which was first launched way back in year 2007, and since then the vehicle has not received any major updates. The major rivals of the vehicle are Honda city and Hyundai Verna, these are constantly updated and even the Fluidic Verna dethroned the segment king City. The SX4 sold well in the initial years of the launch, but lacking of the diesel alternative and face lifts, mars the sales of the vehicle. The 1.3L Multi-Jet diesel engine powered sedan came late in 2011, this delay had cost the home grown manufacturer a lot. The market was already conquered by the Fluidic Verna. The vehicle got a mild facelift sometime back, which included the new chrome based grille and infotainment system along with quite a few other things. These minuscule changes didn't help the vehicle in sales and still showed declining numbers. None of the offerings from the manufacturer in the high end segment is helping in the overall profit of the organization, except the Ertiga MPV.
The company is planning to rebuild the SX4 brand in our country. Following this, the car maker has now unveiled this new vehicle called as Maruti Ciaz. This latest entrant is said to be in the same space as that of SX4 and is expected to increase the sales. The new sedan is based on the Suzuki's Authentics concept, premiered at the Shanghai Motor Show 2013. As Honda City is also regaining whats lost with this new revamp and introduction of diesel mill in the lineup. The company has definitely focused on class leading features and interior space. As far as the design of the vehicle is considered, it is now more streamlined and classy compared to the prevalent SX4 sedan in the market. At the front you get projector headlamps, long air dam and edgy bumper. Then there are a few prominent crease lines that flows from the grill merges with the A-pillar. Going onto the side profile of the vehicle is kind of simple with a crease line running along the shoulder line and the new external wing mirrors, which have been integrated with a turn indicator. The high boot design from the SX4 is continued in this sedan also. The large tail lamps flow into the back fender merging with the shoulder line.
Powering this sedan will be the K series based 1.4-litre petrol engine from the current line up. While it is expected to come with a 1.6-litre diesel mill, which will be a multi-jet based motor that is said to be from their Italian partner, Fiat. The petrol variants will be handled by K14 engine, powering the prevalent Ertiga MPV. This engine might be tweaked for better low end torque and efficiency. The 1373cc engine produces a decent power of 93.7bhp at 6000 rpm along with a maximum torque output of 130Nm at 4000rpm, which is rather decent. This engine revs up easily, and you can pull it hard till the red line while being efficient. The diesel variants can also come equipped with a Fiat sourced 1.3-litre, Multi-Jet, DDiS based diesel power house. The engine is expected to produce power in the range of 103 to 118bhp with a segment topping torque figure of 290Nm to 300+ depending on the state of tune. The max power of the engine might be less as compared to competitors, its the torque that will pay the game. These engines are expected to be transversally mounted, which will power the front wheels, transmission duties will be handled by a five speed manual transmission. This car is expected to be available with two rim sizes 15 inch for the lower variants and 16 inch for the high end variants.
On the inside, the interiors will be more opulent than the current SX4 sedan. The insides might get lighter shades with wood inserts and brushed aluminum surrounds. This sedan is said to be loaded with an automatic climatronic AC, Bluetooth enabled audio unit with steering mounted audio controls. The instrumentation cluster offers simple and elegant two dial setup with centrally placed DIS. The rear seats will come equipped with AC louvers, which is certainly a beneficial factor in the Indian summers.
There are speculations going around in the automobile market that the petrol version of this Maruti Ciaz may be powered by either a 1.6-litre VVT petrol engine or the 1.4-litre, K-Series mill, which is currently powering the Ertiga MPV. This variable valve timing based 1.6-litre petrol mill has the ability to give away a mileage in the range of 15 to 16 Kmpl, while the K-Series engine can generate a decent 17 to 18 Kmpl. On the other hand, the diesel version of this upcoming sedan is most likely to get 1.3-litre DDiS diesel mill that comes with direct fuel injection system. This engine has the ability to produce 21 to 23 Kmpl of mileage, which is quite good.
The recently unveiled concept version of Maruti Ciaz represents the future of sedans by MSIL. It comes with a dynamic body design accentuated with a lot of chrome lining and stylized by edgy characteristic lines. The manufacturer had managed to create a buzz around the Indian Auto Expo 2014, thanks to the breathtaking design of Ciaz. To start with its frontage, it comes with a neatly structured radiator grille with five horizontally positioned chrome slats and with the company logo fitted in the middle. The headlight cluster comes with an edgy design and it is equipped with projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and turn indicator. The bumper has a unique structure with an in-built air intake console along with fog light console. The side profile of this sedan is very sleek, thanks to its low stance and edgy characteristic lines. The wheel arches of the concept version have been equipped with diamond-cut style alloy wheels. The structure of the external mirrors is very slim and it comes with body colored paint and incorporated with turn blinkers. There is an extensive usage of chrome on its side profile, as we can see that the window sill surround, door handles and the side moldings have been treated with chrome. What truly is impressive about this concept version is its magnificently crafted rear profile. The taillight cluster on the rear comes with LED light pattern that gives a glittering look to the rear. The rear bumper comes incorporated with exhaust console unlike any of the conventional vehicles. On the whole, this yet to be introduced Maruti Ciaz has a splendid body design that will certainly lure the buyers.
The manufacturer has not disclosed anything about the exterior dimensions of this concept version. However, this sleek sedan expected to come with a length of above 4 meters and with a width of above 1.6-meters. This concept version has a very low stance on the ground and we can expect its height to be less than 1.45-meters and at the same time, it is expected to come with 150 to 160mm of minimum ground clearance. On the other hand, there is no information about the exact measurement of the wheelbase, but we can expect it to be around 2.6-meters.
The interiors of this upcoming Maruti Ciaz are expected to be plush with a two tone key color scheme. Although, the company has not revealed much of its interiors, we can expect it to be good as the company is now very keen towards better futuristic designs. Some of the exclusive interior pictures reveal that the seats are pretty wide and have been covered with good quality fabric upholstery. The central console is heavily loaded with features such as AC unit, infotainment console, AC vents and so on. Also there is a storage unit provided in the dashboard that adds to the convenience of the passengers. The images also disclose that the chrome treatment have been given to the interior door handles, steering wheel and to the gearshift console. We can expect some of the utility based features such as cup holders, glove box unit, accessory power sockets, map pockets, vanity mirrors, sun visors and so on.
It is too early to say anything about the comfort features as the company has not revealed anything regarding the features. It is speculated that the vehicle will be introduced in the C-segment. Hence, we can expect for some of the features such as an automatic air conditioning system with heater, power windows with one touch operation, electrically adjustable ORVMs, power steering with tilt function, driver seat height adjuster, cooled glove box unit, rear center arm-rest with cup holders, 60:40 rear split seats, remote trunk and fuel lid opener, an advanced infotainment system and much more. We can also expect for a 2-DIN music player with USB, AUX-In and Bluetooth connectivity for High definition entertainment.
There is no information regarding the interior measurements of this yet to be introduced Maruti Ciaz concept sedan. However, considering its long wheelbase and wide stance, we can expect its interiors to be spacious with impressive leg and shoulder space. On the other hand, its is expected to come with a large boot space capacity of around 500 litres.
It is speculated that the upcoming Maruti Ciaz will be introduced with either a 1.6-litre VVT petrol or 1.4-litre K-Series petrol engine along with a 1.3-litre diesel motor as well. The 1.4-litre K-Series engine comprises of 4-cylinders, 16-valves and makes a total displacement capacity of 1373cc. This engine is capable of churning out 93.7Bhp at 6000rpm, while yielding 130Nm of commanding torque at 4000rpm. On the other hand, the 4-cylinder, 1.6-litre K-Series engine comes with a total 1586cc displacement capacity. This engine is based on DOHC valve configuration and it comes incorporated with MPFI fuel supply system. This power plant can churn out 103.3Bhp of maximum power at 5600rpm, while generating 145Nm of peak torque at 4100rpm. The diesel version of Ciaz is expected with a 1.3-litre DDiS engine with a displacement capacity of 1248cc. The company engineered this engine with 4-cylinders, 16-valves and incorporated with direct injection system, which allows it to churn out 88.8Bhp of maximum power at 4000rpm, while producing 200Nm of peak torque at just 1750rpm. All these petrol and diesel engines are expected to be mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that sends the torque output to the front wheels.
The company has not disclosed anything regarding the technicalities or specifications of this upcoming sedan. However, as per the speculations, this four wheeler is expected to be launched with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel version is expected to be equipped with a 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder engine that can churn out a maximum power of 88.8bhp at 4000rpm, while generating a peak torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. The company is most likely to offer the petrol version of this Ciaz sedan with a 1.4-litre K-series petrol mill considering its fuel efficiency and performance. This engine can churn out a maximum power of about 93.7Bhp at 6000rpm, while generating 130Nm of peak torque output at 4000rpm. This four wheeler is also expected to get a 1.6-litre VVT petrol engine option, which is currently under the hood of SX4 sedan. This power plant can produce 103.3Bhp at 5600rpm, while generating 145Nm of commanding torque at 4100rpm.
The K-series, 1.4-litre petrol engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that allows it to reach a top speed in the range of 145 to 155 Kmph. At the same time it can break the 100 Kmph speed barrier in just 13 to 14 seconds. On the other hand, the 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder diesel mill takes about 15 to 16 seconds to breach the 100 Kmph mark and it can go up to a maximum speed of about 155 Kmph. As far as the 4-cylinder, 1.6-litre, VVT petrol engine is concerned, it comes with an ability to reach a maximum speed in the range of 170 to 175 Kmph, while taking only 12.1 seconds to reach 100 Kmph mark from a standstill.
The car enthusiasts who are waiting for the launch of Maruti Ciaz may plan to personalize the vehicle with a wide range of accessories. Some of those includes deck-lid spoiler, body decals, new style alloy wheels, roof rails and much more. Inside this sedan, individuals can opt for leather seating while incorporating advanced GPS navigation system and several other such features.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The upcoming Maruti Ciaz sedan is expected to come with either 15-inch or 16-inch diamond-cut cut alloy wheels. These alloy wheels will be covered with a set of high performance based tubeless radial tyres.
We can expect that this sedan will be blessed with conventional disc and drum braking combination. Its front wheels will be equipped with ventilated disc brakes, while its rear wheels are going to be fitted with solid drum brakes. On the other hand, the company will be offering this sedan with advanced features such as ABS+EBD, which will enhance the braking mechanism.
The market experts speculates that this vehicle will be introduced with a robust suspension mechanism that determines its handling aspects. Its front axle is expected to be equipped with McPherson Strut system, while its rear axle is expected to be fitted with Torsion Beam type of system accompanied with coil springs. On the other hand, this sedan is expected to be offered with some of the most important safety aspects such as air bags, engine immobilizer, central locking, side impact beams, seat belts and much more.
Maruti Ciaz Pros :
Very sleek and striking body design, impressive features.
Maruti Ciaz Cons :
High maintenance cost, Fuel efficiency.
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