Maruti India has once again succeeded in keeping the audience at awe by launching its long pampered sedan, Ciaz. It hails its entry with the new generation K14B VVT delivering uncompromising performance for its petrol versions. The Maruti Ciaz ZXi Plus is one of their top end version. It is loaded with quite a lot of comfort and safety aspects along with a reliable engine. The 5-speed manual transmission of this mill ensures a great fuel efficiency. The new cylinder head and the piston design has been placed to further deliver better efficiency. This has also enhanced the fuel efficiency by reducing friction in engine components, which contributes to smooth running and reduced engine noise. It has been equipped with the S-Tect (Suzuki's total effective control technology) by effective use of high tensile strength steel. On the other hand, the entertainment section is equipped with smartplay infotainment system that has touchscreen capacity. The 7 inch multi information system contains several prompts giving the driver all the updates at one glance. Then, the interiors are highlighted by a dual tone dashboard with wooden accents giving this sedan an antique look and also the top end of the instrument panel has been designed to match the dashboard improving and making the entire theme spread generously. When it comes to parking, the camera assisted reverse parking helps the driver with virtual positioning whilst the rear parking sensors improves the accuracy making the whole job faultless and a joy time. Apart from possessing a luggage capacity of 510 litres in the boot space, it has improved storage capacity even on the inside by adding pen and visiting card holders to the front armrest utility box, an overhead console with sunglasses holder. The concealed console with illumination stands as a highlighted feature with anti skidding mats and 12V accessory that has USB and AUX-In sockets along with twin cup holders. Then there is an electromagnetic latch and boot light enhancing the use. It has bonus comfort features like a rear sunshade and personal reading lamps making it a luxury inn and is been offered in seven attractive colors along with a set of 16 inch alloy wheels.
The exterior section holds a definite advantage for having offered this sedan in seven classic colors, where each shade stands in competition with the other making the choice wide as well as customized. On the front, it has projector headlamps, whereas the rear end comes with premium split tail lamps adding to its style. Then the radiator grille and door handles are in chrome, while the wheel arches are fitted with a set of alloy wheels completing the classic finish on its side profile. The B-pillar is in black, while there are body colored ORVMs, which are also equipped with side turn indicators. The door beltline ornament is in chrome too leaving no part of the exteriors off style and what makes the last touch up is that the antenna is embedded in the rear windscreen. This sedan has a huge built with an overall length measuring 4490mm, width of 1730mm, along with total height os 1485mm. The wheelbase is 2650mm and it also has a minimum ground clearance of 170mm. This sedan has a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters.
Internally, this sedan holds ample space, wherein it can easily accommodate five persons comfortably. The seats get leather upholstery making it look much more richer and complimenting to it, is a leather wrapped steering for a better drive feel too. The knobs on the central console have chrome finish, while there is a sating textured effect given to the AC vents in the dashboard as well as for the rear vents. The finishing on the insides has been layered by adding a chrome garnish to the steering wheel along with a chrome tipped parking brake lever. There is a trendy information cluster with various prompts like tripmeter and fuel consumption. It has a seven step illumination control and an outside temperature display as well. The smartplay infotainment section comes with an advanced 7-inch display with touchscreen capacity, which also facilitates navigation. It has a complete media connectivity, voice recognition, smartphone linkage along with playback. There is an illuminated console box and additionally it also has an overhead sunglasses holder. The proficient AC unit comes with an automatic climate control, which also has dust and pollen filters that add to the advanced features in this fully loaded sedan. As a combination to the exterior, the internal door handles too are in chrome.
Engine and Performance:
The Maruti Ciaz ZXi Plus has a fuel capacity of 43 litres. It comes with a DOHC valve system that has an engine capacity of 1373 cc. It can produce a maximum power of 68KW at 6000rpm and generates a torque output of 130Nm at 4000. This engine complies with BSIV emission norms and has got fuel efficiency of 20.73 MT.
Braking and Handling:
This trim is fitted with an anti lock braking system along with an electronic brake force distribution. The front wheels are fitted with ventilated discs and the rear ones have drum brakes. On the other hand, the front axle has a McPherson strut, while the rear axle comes with a torsion beam making the suspension more effective.
There are numerous features that can be considered as luxury and more than just comfort. A sure shot convenience is to have a rear sunshade making the passenger experience more pleasant. There driver's seat has an height adjustment feature that allows to adjust it according to the requirement. And there are shoulder height adjustable front seat belts. The ORVMs can be electrically adjustable as well as foldable too. In addition to this, it has a keyless entry and there is also an engine start/stop button with an intelligent key plus a keyoff reminder adds to the convenience. The front center armrest comes with a utility box, whereas the rear center armrest has cup holders. There is ample lighting provided with footwell lamps and also personal reading lights, which is a definite luxury. It has an electric trunk opening option and there are all four power windows too. Then there are front and rear accessory sockets and a vanity mirror in the front co-passenger sun visor. All its doors have bottle holders with a capacity of holding 1-litre bottles. It has remote pockets and the front seat has back pockets to keep some smaller stuff in it. The HVAC unit is quite powerful and ensures a pleasant temperature inside. The touchscreen based smart play system has a navigation system and teams with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. This stereo unit has a total of four speakers and 2 tweeters. Additionally there are steering mounted audio and calling controls plus voice command, which further adds to the comfort level of the driver.
The safety of this Maruti Ciaz Zxi Plus is ensured as it is built with the robust S-Tect body paired with sturdy tensile strength. The reverse parking sensor is teamed with a camera assisted reversing that gives great accuracy. Apart from all these, there is an auto dimming internal mirror along with an anti lock braking system electronic brake force distribution. A pair of front fog lamps adds to the visibility, while there is a defogger embedded on the rear windscreen. The passenger's safety is improved with airbags for the driver and co-passenger as well. The anti theft security system comes with an engine immobilizer. Additionally there is a dual horn and a seatbelt reminder too.
1. It is fully loaded with luxury features.
2. Price range is reasonable in comparison to the features it offers.
1. Sunroof and speed sensing automatic door locks can be added.
2. Engine capacity as well as its pick up can be better.