Reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki will launch the Ciaz facelift in April next year. Changes to the model will be limited to the visuals and we expect the new Ciaz to carry over the same mechanical specifications. What we did not expect though, is the speculation that the model will be sold via the Nexa dealership network instead of the regular Maruti Suzuki dealerships.
Cosmetic updates to the Ciaz facelift could come in the form of a tweaked bumper, new grille and LED DRLs, analogous to the Alivio sedan sold in Japan. While the aforementioned features would be standard across the trim range, the top end trim could come equipped with a new set of alloy wheels and even an electronic sunroof.
Power-train options would continue to be the same 1.3-litre diesel engine with the SHVS technology, and a 1.4-litre petrol engine. The latter is capable of producing 91 bhp and 130 Nm of torque while the former is tuned to produce 88 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. Transmission duties are taken care of by a five speed manual transmission as standard while a four speed automatic transmission is available only with the petrol motor.
A few reports suggest that the SHVS system could be introduced for the petrol engine while there is also a possibility of a 1.6-litre diesel engine making it to the Ciaz facelift. Once launched, the model is likely to be sold through Nexa, the ‘premium’ dealership network that currently sells the Baleno and the S-Cross. It can be noted that the Ciaz facelift could be launched sometime close to the launch of the Honda City facelift which is scheduled to take place in mid-2017.