Maruti Suzuki has updated its mid-size Ciaz with more safety features and additional paint shade options. The Ciaz now comes with ESP and Hill Hold Assist as standard across all variants. Earlier these features were only available on the automatic variants of the mid-size sedan.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets ESP, hill hold on manual variants
Dual-tone paint shade costs Rs 16,000 more
In addition to the safety equipment, Maruti Suzuki is also offering dual-tone colour options on the top-spec Alpha variant of the sedan. These updates are an attempt from Maruti Suzuki to keep the almost nine-year old Ciaz fresh in the light of newer competition in the mid-size sedan segment.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz update: more safety features, colour options
The Ciaz now gets Hill Hold Assist and ESP on all its variants. The sedan was available with these safety features earlier, however, they were confined only to the automatic variants of the car. Now, even the manual variants get it. The Ciaz continues to be offered with ABS, ISOFIX child-seat anchorages and dual front airbags. Do note that most of its rivals offer up to six airbags, at least on their higher variants.
Maruti Suzuki is also offering the Ciaz with three dual-tone paint shade options – Pearl Metallic Opulent Red, Pearl Metallic Grandeur Grey and Dignity Brown – all offered with black roof. The dual-tone option is only available on the top-spec Alpha variant and is offered at a premium of Rs 16,000 over the standard paint. The dual-tone Alpha manual is priced at Rs 11.15 lakh and the automatic variant is priced at Rs 12.35 lakh (ex-showroom).
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz continues with the same powertrain
Mechanically, there is no change to the Ciaz, and that means it continues to be powered by a 105hp, 1.5-litre K15C petrol engine paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter automatic. The engine comes with mild-hybrid technology, and Maruti has fuel efficiency of 20.65kpl for manual and 20.04kpl for the automatic variants.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz: current and upcoming rivals
Launched back in 2014, the Ciaz is one of the oldest cars in the segment. It competes with much newer cars like the Volkswagen Virtus, Skoda Slavia, Hyundai Verna and the Honda City. The new generation Verna is India bound and bookings for it are already underway. Honda is also working on a mid life-cycle facelift for the fifth-generation City.