Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview
Not really. Maruti’s promising a cleaner, more efficient drive with the refreshed petrol version and reduced prices with the diesel. Naturally, there are more features added to the Ciaz’ kitty too. On paper, then, the Ciaz seems to tick the right boxes. In that case, we’ll be answering one simple question – are the updates enough for you to cut a cheque for it?
The Ciaz continues to get the basics of space, ride quality and ease of driving spot on. This alone, in our books, are enough reasons to seriously consider buying one. Then there’s the fact that the new engine brings with it a bucketload of efficiency and also solves the automatic’s drinking habit to a fair extent. Yes, it still doesn’t have the wow factor of a sunroof or other flashy features like a hands-free trunk release or ventilated seats. The only real miss here is the lack of side and curtain airbags.
Given its price tag, the Ciaz makes for a value package. What sweetens the deal further is the fact that the lower variants come well kitted too. That means you don’t get a step-motherly treatment for being on a budget. If outright performance and driving dynamics aren’t the most important parameter on your list, and you just need a comfy, spacious sedan to drive to (or be driven in) to work and back, then the Ciaz makes a stronger case than ever.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Style
Facelifts are often either too subtle to differentiate or so over the top that you have to ask, “Oh God, why?” But with the new Ciaz, Maruti’s struck a good balance. It’s sharper, more distinctive and while you can tell it’s the Ciaz, enough heads will turn to assure you that you’re driving something new.While the Alivio facelift (Alivio = Ciaz in China) took a leaf out of Lexus’ handbook and got a grille big enough to have its own pin code, the new Ciaz does the opposite.Its face sports a sleeker grille that drops the old quad-chrome slats for two slim chrome accents. Even the fog lamps get new and more aggressively styled enclosures. All of this comes together to make the Ciaz look less business-like and sportier.
It bedazzles too with not just LED projector headlights and DRLs but also, LED fog lights. Neat!The side profile remains largely identical, save for the new wheel designs. With no change in dimensions, the Ciaz is still the longest car in its segment, so the badi gaadi look stays uncorrupted.It’s at the rear that you get a throwback to the original Ciaz concept car. The revised tail light clusters now sport LED stripes, adding a dash of flash to an otherwise simple looking rear. There’s even some chrome around the rear reflectors which should tickle the Indian taste just right.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Space
Step inside, and everything around you is familiar. The layout remains identical, so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises here. You’d also appreciate how quickly you’d be at ease in the driver’s seat. All controls fall to hand easily, and more importantly, they’re placed just where you’d want them to be. Be it the interface for the climate control, the switches for the power windows or even the boot release button. From the driver’s seat, you’d quickly notice the new additions to the feature list. The new dials (with blue needles, no less) as well as the 4.2-inch coloured MID grabs attention. This display is similar to the one we’ve seen on the Baleno. And while the Power and Torque pie charts seem gimmicky, we still manage to crack a smile while looking at them. Check for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in trauma2011
Second, the right-hand side of the steering wheel is no longer blank. It houses buttons for a feature the Ciaz cried out for — cruise control. The eagle-eyed bunch will also quickly spot that the finish of the wood inserts is now significantly lighter. It’s now finished in a shade Maruti likes to call ‘birch blonde’. If you’re being chauffeured around, you will appreciate the sheer kneeroom the Ciaz has to offer. It’s right up there with the Honda City and can house two six-footers one behind the other without a hiccup.What should make that journey a tad more comfy is the added adjustable headrests at the rear. Frustratingly, it’s limited to the top two variants only. Also available on only the Zeta and the Alpha is the rear sunshade that should keep you cool when the sun’s bearing down.
As we’d expect from Maruti, the basics are done right. The floor hump isn’t too tall, the window line isn’t too high and there’s a fabric/leather elbow pad. What could be better though, is the headroom and the underthigh support. Sadly, these snags have been carried over from the outgoing generation along with the good stuff.
Also, much like the outgoing generation, the Ciaz seems properly well-equipped for the price. Features on the inside include automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), rear-AC vents, and a reverse parking camera. The luxury factor is upped by the leather(ette) upholstery, front and rear armrests as well as the leather-wrapped steering wheel. An addition like the sunroof would’ve sealed the deal, but Maruti Suzuki has surprisingly chosen to stay away from the fad. Summing up, the cabin of the Ciaz is equipped well enough to keep the millennial happy, and spacious and comfy enough to make sure Papa bear doesn’t complain either. Thumbs up.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine
So the most noteworthy change on the Ciaz is it’s new 1,462cc K15B petrol engine, with an updated Smart Hybrid system that uses an additional lithium-ion battery for deeper charge/discharge capabilities, resulting in being useful more often. The engine itself is very quiet and refined, but so much so that it’s probably verging on the edge of too mature in character for my tastes. For a comparatively large engine, it doesn’t have the outright bottom end you’d expect, instead offering just enough to get the job done. No harm there,I suppose. If you really want to add some excitement to your commute, you will have to rev it out but the motor does that willingly, feeling most alive between 2,500-5,500 revs. It did prove to be surprising in the 0-100kmph dash, posting a time of 10.2 seconds.
Importantly, the Smart Hybrid system does work. It’s seamless in its operation, though you might find yourself switching it off on a warm day, as the air-conditioning reverts to blower mode when you’re in traffic. This gets noticeable only if you happen to be in the same spot for over five minutes or so. By which point the you’ve already saved approximately 10ml of fuel, something I know because of that aforementioned 4.2-inch display. The Ciaz proved to be exceptionally frugal on the highway, at 21.9kmpl. While surprisingly in the city where you’d expect the mild hybrid to make the most difference, the Ciaz managed 12.8kmpl. Both are very good figures for such a large car. You can also feel the Smart Hybrid regenerative braking at work if you pay real close attention. As a result, the brake pedal offers the driver a good amount of modulation but doesn’t always feel the sharpest.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving
Much has been spoken about the ride and handling of the Ciaz already but what you need to know is that it’s comfortable and very confident in the way it tackles bad roads. The suspension is set up on the soft side, but we noticed that the extra degree of plushness we loved went away when the tyres are inflated to the recommended pressures. Make of that what you will. Book a Test Drive for Maruti Ciaz in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.
A steering that’s heavy at low speeds adds up to the perfect weight for city and highway speeds. It’s not very communicative but the plus point is that it never feels fidgety or nervous. It also means that the Ciaz doesn’t like being thrown into corners, and takes some doing to get its 4.5m length rotated through a corner. For the odd burst of enthusiasm, it’s fine. But a calm and serene experience is what the Ciaz does best.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety
While we sincerely hoped rumours about the Ciaz featuring six airbags were indeed true, that’s (sadly) not the case. It soldiers on with dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and ISOFIX child seat mounts, which are offered as standard. Additionally, the sedan also gets a seatbelt reminder for both the front passengers as well as a speed warning alert.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cost in Chennai
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 9,10,274 to 14,31,360 for variants Ciaz Sigma Petrol and Ciaz S Diesel respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is available in 13 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz variants price in Chennai. For more info on Maruti Suzuki Ciaz visit iiit-bh
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Conclusion
Maruti Suzuki has done a fine job on the 2018 Ciaz facelift. The car looks and feels much more premium now, the new mild hybrid petrol engine and the overall package does make for a compelling look at the new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The prices for new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz petrol start at ₹ 8.19 lakh for the base petrol variant and go till ₹ 10.97 lakh for the top-spec petrol automatic variant.
The diesel variants begin at ₹ 9.19 lakh and go up to ₹ 10.97 lakh again for the top-spec model. While the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift petrol models are priced at a premium, the diesel models are actually priced lower than the outgoing model. The 2018 Ciaz was a best-seller in its segment which has rivals such as the Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris and the Honda City, and with the facelift now on sale, it should retain its momentum going forward.