The facelifted Ciaz is long overdue since the current version is ageing rapidly, while facing stiff competition from the new Verna and Honda City models. As per reports, the new Ciaz has been spotted testing in Delhi and may be launched in the second quarter of 2018.
The new Ciaz will get many feature upgrades including a head-up touch screen infotainment setup along with new alloy wheels as per reports. The front fascia is expected to be redesigned with a new grille and new rear bumpers. The new Ciaz for the Indian market will be different from the Alivio Pro which has been launched in the Chinese market. The cabin may be refurbished with all-black interiors along with new fabric upholstery.
The instrument cluster may be brand new and the MID (multi-information display) setup may also be upgraded.
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The interesting part is that Maruti Suzuki is reportedly considering a new in-house 1.5 litre diesel engine for the new Ciaz and Ertiga models. Built in partnership with its parent Suzuki, the new engine may make over 100 BHP and could be paired to either 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission units while a 5-speed CVT automatic unit may also be offered.
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Maruti Suzuki is also working on a new 1.5 litre petrol engine which may replace the 1.4 litre petrol K-Series engine. The new diesel engine may be used for the new S-Cross and facelifted Vitara Brezza models in the future as well going by reports. The new engine will have multiple tune states across models. The facelifted Ciaz will compete with strong rivals like the Honda City and Hyundai Verna in its segment along with the likes of the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid among others.
The Ciaz presently comes with a 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel engine that churns out 89 BHP and 200 Nm.