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2018 Maruti Ciaz Facelift Top Features: The new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift was launched at a starting price of Rs 8.19 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). The latest version of the Maruti Ciaz brings quite some new features on the table. However, the main highlight of the premium Maruti sedan would be the new petrol engine.
On the aesthetic front, the new Maruti Ciaz brings some subtle updates to the exterior, while the overall design looks similar to the previous model. On the mechanical front, the Maruti Ciaz facelift employs a new petrol engine but the same 1.3-litre diesel engine that makes 88bhp and 200Nm of torque. The diesel unit comes mated to a 6-speed manual.
Here are the top features of the new 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift!
New Petrol Engine
The main highlight of the 2018 Maruti Ciaz is the new K15 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 103bhp and 138Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual and has got an optimal balance between performance and fuel efficiency, while also being really refined. We can expect the same unit to power future Maruti models, including the possible Maruti Brezza petrol.
Maruti promises a smooth driving experience with the new petrol unit. The powertrain is also a mild hybrid, dubbed as SHVS. Till now, only the diesel engine had the technology.
SHVS (Small Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) is a mild hybrid unit employing a Lithium-ion and Lead Acid dual battery setup, for efficient engine output. The system will be extended to future Maruti products too and has got three functions:
The engine automatically stops when it is idle and starts by its own according to the gear and accelerator inputs. This aids a lot in fuel economy.
Brake Energy Regeneration
The system makes use of the brakes and the electric motor. When the brakes are applied, a retarding force acts on the motor and in turn, makes it a generator. The generated energy is stored in the Li-ion battery.
Torque Assist Function
The electric motor, using the energy stored in the Li-ion battery, supplies extra torque to the engine during sudden acceleration. This gives the car more performance without compromising much on fuel efficiency.
The interiors of the new Maruti Ciaz have been refreshed and now gets wooden panelling while the previous beige/black dual-tone layout is maintained. There are some subtle chrome highlights too. Overall, the dashboard and door panels look really elegant.
The 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift also features leather seats finished in a beige shade. The seating offers brilliant comfort and support. The steering is leather-wrapped too.
Multi-Information Instrument Console
The new Maruti Ciaz facelift gets a revised instrument console design. The unit has also got a 4.2-inch TFT display at the centre which shows various details such as fuel consumption, energy flow, trip details, driving range and gear shift indicator (for the manual version).
LED Headlamps & Tail Lamps
The Maruti Ciaz comes with LED projector headlamps with DRLs. The fog lamps are also LED-based. The units, in addition to being functional, add to the exterior styling of the sedan.
At the rear, the Ciaz employs an LED combination tail lamp cluster which looks very much similar to the older model, at first glance. Though a subtle addition, it does add a modern touch to the design.
Other Important Features
In addition to the above-mentioned features, the Maruti Ciaz also offers the following:
– 16-inch alloy wheels
– Cruise control
– Electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs
– Climate control
– Voice command
– Reverse parking camera
– Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Hill-Hold
Thoughts On The Maruti Ciaz
The new Maruti Ciaz brought some much-needed updates and features for the sedan to compete in the C-segment category. Sales of the previous model were going down at a fast rate and the new model should make up for it in the coming months. What are your thoughts on the new Maruti Ciaz?