Ciaz isn’t an ordinary car from Maruti pitched to fill the gap. It’s the gate-pass of automaker to penetrate the upmarket section with a very efficient price tag. The launch is still days away, but details are sneaked quite before to notch up the excitement level. Just to brief, the Bollywood actor Ranbir Singh is roped in for the endorsement deal, means the youths are on spearhead.
Maruti Ciaz to be available in four trims: V, V+, Z and Z+ provided in seven color options.
The first impression marked by Ciaz is tastefully obvious of a long sedan measuring 4490mm in length and having deployed 16-inch wheels on the top-end variant. Other styling cues are sufficient to comment it from a Maruti’s stable. The Suzuki’s logo boldly engraved on the front daunts over the projector headlamps and chromed grille. The tails lamps of production-specific Ciaz get differentiated than the concept that was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014. Turning the car around, creases aren’t so remarkable but they seamlessly join the front bumper to the tail lamps; rather the tail lamps impose a resemblance from the new Honda City. The blackened B-pillar completes it all as per the taste.
The cabin is plush than any of the Maruti available on sale in this category. With finer quality materials, and better plastic grains, the car flaws out to be from the German repertoire instead. Beige color selection for the cabin, and black contrasting patters the packaging ideology. Chromes on certain areas are subtle and aren’t in abundance to feed the typical Indian customer. The central console is adored to ‘partly-empty and partly-filled’ aura. Touchscreen infotainment system dominates the whole attire. Large size cup holders and charging socket hidden underneath a stealth cover isn’t understood yet.
Rear air-con vents are ergonomically perfect not obstructing the space for third person. The spacious rear seat filled to entice the Indian buyers with ample of leg and head room may house three at a time. There will be steering mounted controls for the top-end. Meanwhile, the boot is gulped with enormous space and an electrically lifted tail gate.
The driver’s console doesn’t boast panoramic drama. Dials are kept simple with easy to read numbers and the plastic quality near the power-window switches are of nifty uality. The hold of steering is good but lacks that sporty and youth feel.
The infotainment system on the Ciaz is named as “SmartPlay” deployed only on the higher trims. It gets compatible with the media playback via SD card and AUX/USB. Bluetooth telephony for hands-free calling, built-in navigation, voice recognition for phone and other media functions are its added advantages. The screen doubles up its role-play when needed for the reverse parking camera.
Equipment list controlled by number of features includes projector headlamps, rear AC vents, automatic climate control, keyless entry, side-indicators infused and electrically foldable ORVMs, charging sockets, twin reading lights for the rear passengers. High-trim buyers can get leather on the steering. Push-start button, auto-dimming rear view mirrors, adjustable height for driver seat, rear sunshade, and controls mounted on steering are the gimmicks for those who prefers to drive Ciaz by themselves. The standard alloy size is 15-inch, but anyone opting for the top-two trims (Z and Z+) will be given with 16-inch. Music system consisted of four-speakers and two-tweeters isn’t sources from a branded sound maker.
Safety is not overlooked despite the preference of a pocket-friendly pricing. The ABS and EBD with driver airbag is standard on V+ trims, where the higher variants are done with passenger airbag inclusive of the rest.
Now, ultimately the engine is not going to portray a new story for the Maruti’s only lacking category. The existed 1.4L K10B petrol engine of 91bhp and Fiat’s 1.3L Multijet diesel of 89bhp are the best. Refinement is much needed to drive the sales. Aesthetically, the company has given a better compression ratio to the petrol motor for improvement in performance, whereas the diesel engine is cranked on designing to whop a better fuel-efficiency and sounding reduction in friction. With such dedication, the Ciaz is claimed to deliver country’s best fuel-efficiency of 26.3kpml in diesel and 20.73kmpl from petrol.
Though, there couldn’t be any better option in the category than Ciaz if it will hit the nail with absolute pocket-friendly pricing.