– New Maruti Ciaz facelift is reported to launch in August, 2018.
– The updated model will see minor cosmetic and feature updates.
– The sedan might receive new 1.5L petrol and diesel engines.
Maruti Suzuki has some really big plans for the Indian market. The Indo-Japanese carmaker has begun this year with the grand launch of the new-generation Swift, followed by the Vitara Brezza petrol model. Now, the carmaker is planning to update its existing model lineup including the Ciaz sedan and Baleno hatchback. While the new Maruti Ciaz 2018 facelift is reported to hit showrooms in coming August, the updated Baleno might launch in the first quarter of 2019.
For 2018 model year, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz will see comprehensive cosmetic and feature upgrades. The facelifted model will derive its design inspiration from the Chinese-spec 2017 Suzuki Alivio that broke cover at the Chengdu International Auto Show in August, 2017. Major change will be made under the hood. Rumor has it that the new 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift will feature the brand’s new indigenously developed 1.5-litre diesel engine instead of the tried & tested 1.3-litre Multijet diesel powertrain. The latter one will be completely phased out from Maruti’s product lineup once BSVI norms will be enforced.
Interestingly, the 2018 Maruti Ciaz will also drop the existing 1.4-litre petrol engine for the new 1.5-litre VVT petrol motor. The new gasoline unit will also be used in the new-generation Ertiga MPV. The sedan will also continue to be offered with the SHVS mild-hybrid technology. This time around, however, the SHVS technology will come with petrol powertrain that will make it the first petrol hybrid car in its category. For performing transmission duties, the sedan might get a new CVT automatic gearbox along with a 5-speed manual.
First launched in 2015, the Maruti Ciaz cracked the c-segment sedan segment, and received outstanding response from buyers that was further boosted with the introduction of the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild hybrid system. However, the sedan has been witnessing drop in sales from last few months. Reason behind the downfall is the launch of new-generation Verna and the thoroughly updated City mid-sized sedan. In fact, the new City outsold Maruti’s popular sedan. Therefore, the Indo-Japanese carmaker will soon bring in the first mid-life facelift of the Ciaz. Read – More Details On New Maruti Ertiga 7-Seater MPV Emerge
– New front grille
– Revised bumpers
– Smoked headlamps
– New instrument cluster with two pods
– Larger MID screen
– New needles for tachometer and speedometer
– Cruise control
Official launch date and details of the 2018 Maruti Ciaz are yet to be announced by the Indo-Japanese carmaker. According to online reports, the sedan will go on sale in the first week of August, 2018. Bookings for the vehicle are likely to be commenced in the last week of July, 2018. Just so you know, the Indo-Japanese carmaker moved the Ciaz to its premium NEXA dealership in March 2017. Therefore, the facelifted model will continue to be retailed via NEXA outlets.
|Base Model||Rs 9 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 13 lakh|
The new 2018 Maruti Ciaz carline is likely to be spread in 5 trim levels – Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha and Sport. Reports suggest that Maruti might also bring in an all-new Ciaz Sport trim with a new body kit and sporty rear profile. With an aim to cater the taxi segment, the carmaker could roll out a segregate variant for the commercial segment. However, there is no official word about its Sport and Taxi models. With revised styling, better equipped interior and new powertrains, the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift will take on the likes of Honda City facelift and new-generation Hyundai Verna.
With GST (Good and Service Tax) in force, prices of all Maruti cars have dipped, though there has been a margin decline for most of the models, the SHVS variant of Ciaz and Ertiga have increased steeply. The new Maruti Ciaz 2018 is likely to see a major price hike ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. We expect that the 2018 Ciaz facelift price in India will start from Rs 9 lakh for the entry-level petrol variant and go all the way up to Rs 13 lakh for the top-spec diesel version. Read – Maruti Wagon R Is Set For A Generation Change
After a series of camouflaged and uncamouflaged spy pictures of the 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift, we have a fair idea about the changes the vehicle will receive. While the original design and dimensions will remain intact, the car will witness subtle design updates. As mentioned above, the India-spec facelifted Ciaz will share most of the styling bits with the China-spec new Suzuki Alivio. It’s the face of the sedan that will receive comprehensive changes including a new single piece grille, smoked headlamps with chrome work and new LED DRLs (daytime running lights), re-designed bumper and larger fog lamps. Read – Next-Gen Maruti Alto 800 In The Works
Similar to the Alivio, the India-spec Ciaz will get new black fog lamp enclosures combined by a slim strip running along the lower lip. The range-topping trim will be exclusively offered with feature such as LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and sunroof. Save for the new multi-spoke alloy wheels, the side profile of the car will look largely similar to the current model. Round the back, the sedan will feature slightly revised detailing on the tail lamps. In terms of dimensions, the 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift will remain unchanged. Similar to the previous model, the saloon will offer a substantially longer wheelbase (2,650mm) than most of its rivals. Read – Maruti Suzuki Celerio Facelift – All You Need To Know
Interior of the 2018 Maruti Ciaz will be adored by an all-new instrument cluster with two pods surrounded by chrome. The dual-tone (Beige and Black) interior theme will continue feature wooden garnish and chrome surrounds on the dash. What will make it look more premium are the centrally-positioned MID screen, speedometer needles, 2-DIN music system and new tacho. On the other hand, the black and beige themed interior will be carried over from the current model.
There will be a new large LCD display placed in the center of two pods. In addition, the tachometer and speedometer will get new needles with a chrome boundary. The sedan will inherit most of the feature from its predecessor including the SmartPlay touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, reverse parking camera, new leather seat upholstery, navigation system and push start stop. Read – New-generation Maruti Alto – What To Expect
|Diesel With SHVS||1.5-litre diesel|
|Petrol||1.4-litre or 1.5-litre VVT|
|Maximum Torque||130Nm /138Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & 4-speed Automatic or CVT|
Engine mechanism of the 2018 Maruti Duzuki Ciaz facelift will completely revised by the carmaker. The updated model will ditch the existing 91bhp, 1.4-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel SHVS powertrains for the newly developed 1.5-litre VVT petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines respectively. The new gasoline unit will deliver a maximum power output of 105bhp, while generating a peak torque of 138Nm. What’s more interesting is that the new petrol motor will also be benefited with Suzuki’s mild-hybrid technology – SHVS. This will make the new Ciaz the first mid-size sedan to feature a petrol hybrid powertrain. The sedan carline will continue to come with the conventional 5-speed manual transmission. As per the media reports, Maruti might offer a new CVT unit instead of a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
The diesel model, on the other hand, will make use of a new 1.5-litre engine that will come as replacement to the 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel with SHVS powertrain. The new indigenously built 1.5L oil burner will save heavy loyalties paid to Fiat for its 1.3-litre unit. The new powertrain is likely to address the issue of less power in Ciaz. The details on the power and torque figures of these engines are obscure, but these are likely to be more powerful than the current units. If the carmaker will introduce an automatic transmission on the 2018 Ciaz diesel, it is likely to be a torque converter. A 5-speed manual gearbox will continue to be standard on the carline. Read About – 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift
|2018 Maruti Ciaz Petrol (MT)||20.73kmpl|
|2018 Maruti Ciaz Petrol (AT)||19.12kmpl|
|2018 Maruti Ciaz Diesel (MT)||28.09kmpl|
If Maruti retains the current petrol and diesel units, the Ciaz could continue delivering a mileage of 20.73kmpl and 28.09kmpl respectively. However, reports claim that the saloon will receive new 1.5-litre petrol engine with SHVS mild-hybrid technology and new 1.5-litre diesel engine. With SHVS technology, the Ciaz could be the most fuel efficient car in its category. Picture Gallery – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
Similar to the previous model, the 2018 Maruti Ciaz will offer a generous cabin space with lots of storage compartments. The top-spec trim will feature leather seats offering excellent shoulder and thigh support. Improvement will also be made to its material quality. The top-spec trim will continue to feature a SmartPlay infotainment system with a large touchscreen. This Bosch-sourced unit is, currently, equipped with navigation system, voice recognition, integrated rear view camera and Bluetooth. On the facelifted model, the same unit could be integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Features such rear AC vents, reading lamps, extra shade on the windscreen, etc. will further enhance its comfort level. Read – Maruti Ertiga Based Crossover ‘YHB’ Under Development
The Ciaz is one of the most practical cars in its segment. The sedan offers a generous 510-litre boot space, which is more than the Hyundai Verna. There are multiple easy to access control buttons and switches.
With respect to safety, the 2018 Maruti Ciaz will come equipped with the standard dual airbags and ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution). On the old model, the latter one was optional right from the base variant. In late 2016, the Indo-Japanese carmaker introduced the ISOFIX mounts as a standard feature on the carline. Safety features such as reverse parking sensor, seat belt reminder buzzer for driver, reverse parking camera, seat belt pre-tensioner & force limiter will also be on offer.
With the new Ciaz facelift, Maruti Suzuki aims to game up in the mid-size sedan segment. For the 2018 model year, the sedan will receive significant cosmetic updates inside and out. In terms of quality and features, the new model will be a step ahead from the current one. The company will also address the less power issues of the sedan with new 1.5L diesel engine. With all these attributes, the 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift will surely give a tough a fight to the new Verna and City.
The new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 facelift will see comprehensive exterior and interior upgrades. It will also receive new 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines.