The 2018 Suzuki Ciaz facelift is all set to be launched in the Indian market. Although the new Ciaz has been spotted numerous times already, however the clear pictures are finally out in the open.
From the front, the original headlight shape remains the same but now gets LED headlights and a DRL’s. The grille has been redesigned too which now extends all the way to the headlamps while the bumper receives a sporty treatment with chrome accents for the fog lamp housing.
On the sides the changes are limited to chrome door handles and newly design alloy wheels. The rear gets subtle touches too like a slightly revamped tail light and chrome accents around the reflectors. The rear looks more reminiscent to the China-spec Alivio Pro (Ciaz facelift) that was launched in October last year.
Inside, the instrument console of 2018 Ciaz facelift gets a fresh design with faux wood inserts. The steering wheel gets additional buttons which now includes cruise control. The temperature gauge and fuel gauge are now housed in the tachometer and speedometer respectively. The infotainment system has been updated as well that will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Instead of the 1.4 liter engine, the 2018 Suzuki Ciaz facelift will be powered by a new K15B VVT 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 104.7 PS and 138 Nm. The old 1.4-liter engine delivered 90 PS and 130 Nm of torque.
Reportedly, Maruti will also offer its smart-hybrid SHVS technology with this petrol engine, earlier the SHVS technology was reserved for its diesel models only. The 2018 Ciaz diesel in India, will continue with the 1.3-liter DDiS unit.
The Suzuki Ciaz was introduced in the Indian market back in 2014 and has been a highly successful model in Maruti’s lineup. It is considered as the market leader in its segment with sales well above 4,000 units a month. Now 4 years after it was introduced, the Ciaz needed a mid-life refresh to keep it competitive against its rivals. It primarily competes against the likes of Honda City, Toyota Vios, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and VW Vento in Indian market.
On the other hand in Pakistan, the stripped down Ciaz which allegedly smashed its critics right after its launch in February 2017, has been struggling to leave the showroom floors since then. However since Pak Suzuki doesn’t assemble the Ciaz locally, rather it imports the sedan as CBU, it will be interesting to see if they are able to launch the facelift here, after it reaches other Asian markets by year end.