The Maruti Ciaz facelift has been in the news for quite sometime. The new offering from Nexa, it looks, will be in the showrooms soon. Maruti Suzuki has been rigorously testing the new Ciaz from the last few months. While just like any other facelift, this too will have cosmetic changes, the bigger news is about the addition of a new petrol engine. Not only this, the diesel engine will not be available at launch. Allow us to explain.
The new Maruti Ciaz facelift was teased recently in a Nexa TVC. The advertisement shows the car’s all-LED headlamps with guide lights and the new grille. We have seen the car before with camouflage and there are changes to the alloys as well as tail lights too. In the cabin, there will be a new wood trim on the dashboard as well as few additional features. The Maruti Ciaz facelift will continue to offer class leading cabin and boot space.
Maruti will be using a new 1.5-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine with the Ciaz facelift. This unit first debuted with the facelifted Ertiga that was launched in Indonesia. The engine makes 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual though there are talks that Maruti has developed a 6-speed unit too. The four-speed torque converter too will be available. Maruti will also add its much lauded SHVS mechanism to this engine. This is expected to bring in good fuel efficiency numbers and at the same time will not compromise performance. However, there will be no diesel engine on offer initially. Will Maruti bring the all-new 1.5-litre developed in house or continue with the 90PS Fiat unit is something which is unclear.
Maruti’s survey says that Ciaz customers are skewed towards the petrol more than the diesel. After the government of India withdrew incentives, prices of the Ciaz diesel have increased. This in turn has lead to less buyer interest.