The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is the most awaited Maruti product in the country as of now. With initial bookings that have long crossed the 10,000 units mark, the company is all set to unleash this car on to the Indian roads. Ram Suresh Akella, head of Commercial Business (Southern Region), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. mentioned that the car’s initial sales target will be 70,000 units, though he didn’t draw a timeline on that. Akella also stated that out of all the bookings, approximately 40% are for the petrol-powered Ciaz, while the rest are for the diesel variants.
Maruti has paid careful attention on fuel economy whilst designing this car, and that applies to both the petrol and the diesel motors. The petrol unit is the same 1.4-litre K-series engine that’s to be found under the bonnet of the Ertiga and churns out 92 PS of max power and 130 Nm of torque. This can be had either with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel Ciaz is powered with the now common 1.3-litre DDIS oil burner that powers many other Maruti products. This one shoves out 90 PS of max power and 190 Nm of twisting force to the front wheels of the Ciaz.
The petrol motor manages an Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) certified mileage of 20.73 km/l for the manual, and 19.12 km/l for the Ciaz with the autobox. The diesel car does an ARAI certified economy figure of 26.21 km/l making it one of the most frugal cars in the country (but that’s according to Maruti) and real-world figures are never that good, but that’s to be expected.
The car is to be priced between 7.40 and 10.26 lakh Rupees and will be the largest car in it’s segment. It will measure almost 4.5-metres in length, close to 1.5-metres in width and will possess 2.65-metre wheelbase. The Ciaz will have a 510-litre boot space.