Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Performance & Test Drive


Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was originally launched in 2014 and since then the Ciaz sedan has been a strong performer in its segment and has been the sales leader too, consistently beating the Honda City and previous Hyundai Verna. Recently though, the Honda City got a facelift and the new Hyundai Verna too was introduced. Even Toyota entered this segment in India with the Yaris sedan, making it critical for Maruti Suzuki to give the Ciaz an update. Finally, after weeks of speculation, the company has launched the 2018 Ciaz facelift and we drove it around Bengaluru to find out if the updates are going to be enough to keep the competition at bay or not.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Exteriors

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was always a handsome looking car and now with the facelift, it has a completely different personality. The front end on the sedan is completely new! The old grille with horizontal chrome slats have been replaced by a new and sexier grille with a ‘multi-pixel’ design with chrome borders. Adding to the freshness are the re-designed headlamp cluster with LED projector lamps, new DRLs and the new bumper with LED fog lamps housed in chrome surrounds. The facelift sure works for the new Ciaz and all these new features make the car look much more upmarket and elegant.

At the rear, the new Ciaz gets LED combination lamps along with a slightly tweaked bumper! The chrome garnish on the bottom adds to the premium look of the sedan…. Overall the silhouette of the car remains the same and viewed in profile, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets new 16-inch alloys with a lovely pebble grey finish. The new alloys though, will be offered only on the Zeta and Alpha variants along with the LED projector lamps and the daytime running lights.Check for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Interiors

Similar to the exterior, changes in the cabin too are subtle and pleasant. The dashboard now gets a faux wood finish that adds richness to the cabin. The instrument cluster gets a new multi-information display that is energetically colourful. This is the same unit found in the Baleno but being flanked by redesigned circular speedo and tacho pods gives the cluster a modern touch. Another new inclusion is the cruise control, which should prove helpful on highways.

Apart from this, the cabin remains largely similar to the previous version and that isn’t bad since the Ciaz retains strong points such as great rear legroom, good seats and practical and convenient features including the same touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Aux-in and navigation options.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Gearbox

This is the area, which has witnessed a transformation in the new Ciaz and the changes are quite nice. The old 1.4 litre petrol engine has been replaced by the new K15B 1.5 litre engine, which is not only more powerful but offer higher fuel-efficiency too. The previous engine was adequate at best for the Ciaz but always left one wanting for a bit more. With a power output of 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque the new engine resolves that issue and does a good job of moving the Ciaz with more ease now.For more information on Maruti Suzuki Ciaz check Vci-india

The engine is smooth and is happy to rev to about 6,000 rpm and offers linear acceleration. Achieving triple digit speeds is easier now and overtaking on the highway is also quicker. The other big addition is the SHVS technology across all variants. Unlike the previous system’s larger lead-acid battery, the new system gets a lead-acid and lithium-ion battery. The system not only provides assist during acceleration but also has brake energy recovery and start/ stop. As a result of this, the new Ciaz despite being heavier than the older one by about 30 kg offers higher fuel-efficiency of 21.56 kmpl (claimed).

Gearbox options include a five-speed manual with reworked ratios, especially the 2nd gear, which is shorter now to improve drivability. The unit works well and changes are smooth and the throws are quite short, which coupled with a light clutch makes driving very easy. The automatic option includes a four-speed torque-convertor, which is well-suited for urban environments but fails to hide its limitations of ratios on highways, past 120 kmph.

That said, the unit works well in traffic, giving no reasons to complain. The good thing about the 4-speed AT is that it now comes with ESP and Hill-Hold Assist, which improves the safety quotient of the Ciaz along with front dual airbags and ABS.As a result of all these changes, the new Ciaz is a much better car to drive and is more refined too, which will be appreciated by potential buyers.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Riding

While the suspension setup on the new Ciaz is the same as the old one it has been tuned for more comfort. The change is quite evident and the Ciaz now pretty much glides over small surface undulations. Larger potholes are dealt with in a much better manner and the overall ride quality feels more cushioned too. The improved ride quality along with the impressive rear seat comfort makes the Ciaz a great option for people looking to be chauffeur-driven.

However, one thing that felt amiss was the steering, which feels strangely heavy while operating when not in motion. The feedback too felt lesser than that offered in the previous Ciaz. A company spokesperson confirmed that no changes have been made to the steering unit and the additional weight of the steering wheel could be due to the additional weight of the car upfront as the engine alone is about 20 kg heavier than the older unit.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety

Along with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, the all-new Maruti Ciaz 2018 now comes with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Hold Function, while co-passenger seatbelt reminder, speed alert system and reverse parking sensors are offered across the range.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On Road Price is 9,55,088/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,19,000/- in Hyderabad. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes in 7 colours, namely Nexa Blue,Pearl Midnight Black,Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown,Pearl Snow White,Pearl Sangria Red,Metallic Silky Silver,Metallic Glistening Grey. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes with 2WD with 1373 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 91 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 130 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Summing Up

The new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift is a better car in multiple areas, especially the engine and safety ones. The car, which has always been positioned as a comfortable, practical and elegant car now builds further on its strengths. However, the car isn’t short of drawbacks that have been discussed earlier in this article. This brings us to the price and this is where Maruti Suzuki claws back lost ground with a starting selling tag of Rs 8.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi with the top petrol AT and diesel variants costing Rs 10.97 lakh. For its price, the new Ciaz offers exceptional value-for-money and I won’t be surprised if the new Ciaz becomes the best-selling sedan in its segment in the months to come.

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