India’s leading automobile manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch its 2018 Ciaz, in the first week of August. Further, the bookings for the new sedan will start by end of the July.
Since the new sedan is a facelift model, so it will feature new cosmetic change on the exterior and interior. However, apart from the design, the 2018 Ciaz is expected to replace its 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder petrol motor with a new 1.5-litre SHVS (mild hybrid system) unit, earlier seen in the 2018 Ertiga introduced in Indonesia.
It will generate the maximum power of 104.7 bhp, which was earlier limited to 91 bhp and peak torque of 138 Nm. The motor will be mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. For safety, it comes with ISOFIX seats, dual SRS airbags, ESP and ABS, EBD.
The current Ciaz model was first unveiled in 2014 and apart from the minor cosmetic tweaks since then the manufacturer has not changed anything bigger yet. Retailingbetween the price tag of Rs 7.83 lakh to Rs 11.51 lakh, the sedan is available in 1.4-litre Petrol, 1.4-liter CVT Petrol and 1.3-liter Diesel variants.
Meanwhile,Toyota India haslaunched a new rival against the Maruti Ciaz. Dubbed at the Toyota Yaris, the sedan isranged between Rs 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs 14.07 lakh (ex-showroom). Itoffers a 1497cc capacity of 1.5-litre VVT-i, 4 cylinder petrol engine which will generate 109 bhp of power at 6,000 rpm with peak torque of 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm. It has a 6-speed manual and 7-step CVT (automatic) gearbox, with the claimed mileage of 21 kmpl. Currently, the sedan is only available in the petrol engine variant, but later the brand is expected to offer a 1.4-liter diesel trim as well.
Source: ET Auto