After plenty of teasers and leaks, Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the 2018 version of Ciaz. Apart from designing changes the Ciaz facelift also debuts Suzuki’s new 1.5-litre petrol engine in India, which replaces the car’s outgoing 1.4-litre unit.

Like the earlier mid-sized sedan, the refreshed model is also available with a choice of petrol-manual, petrol-automatic and diesel-manual. The petrol-manual (Rs 8.19-9.97 lakh) and diesel-manual (Rs 9.19-10.97 lakh) are available in 4 variants namely, Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha – while the petrol-automatic (Rs 9.80-10.97 lakh) is available in the Delta, Zeta and Alpha trims. The prices of petrol models has risen while that of diesel variants have dropped compared to the pre-facelift model.

The facelift includes changes like, a new grille design with chrome garnish on higher-spec trims, and LED headlamps and tail-lamps, new front and rear bumpers and 16-inch alloy wheels on the top-spec variant.

Equipment levels have also been enhanced in the facelift. While dual-front airbags and ABS remain standard across the range, a speed alert system, rear parking sensors and seat belt reminders for the driver and front passenger are also part of the package.

All these things are good but the talking point about the new Ciaz is the new 1.5 litre petrol engine. The older 92hp, 1.4-litre petrol engine has made way for a larger 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder motor with micro-hybrid tech. Gearbox options include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission. In this combination, the motor makes 104hp and 138Nm of torque, with an ARAI-certified fuel economy of 21.56kpl for the manual version and 20.28kpl for the automatic. The 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine continues in the facelift and makes the same 90hp and 200Nm of torque. This engine will soon be replaced down with a Suzuki-developed 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine that is currently under development.

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The Ciaz facelift will going to compete with the Honda City (Rs 8.77-13.88 lakh), the Hyundai Verna (Rs 7.90-12.86 lakh) and the Toyota Yaris (Rs 8.75-14.07 lakh).

Variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)

         Variant                          Facelift
Petrol Sigma Rs 8.19 lakh
Petrol Delta Rs 8.80 lakh
Petrol Delta AT Rs 9.80 lakh
Petrol Zeta Rs 9.57 lakh
Petrol Zeta AT Rs 10.57 lakh
Petrol Alpha Rs 9.97 lakh
Petrol Alpha AT Rs 10.97 lakh
Diesel Sigma Rs 9.19 lakh
Diesel Delta Rs 9.80 lakh
Diesel Zeta Rs 10.57 lakh
Diesel Alpha Rs 10.97 lakh



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