2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift could be inspired by this Suzuki Alivio 2017 model

16/08/2017 - 15:03 | ,   | Dhruv Saxena

First images of the 2017 Suzuki Alivio from China hint at the probable design changes on the Maruti Ciaz facelift coming in 2018. As is the case with most Maruti facelifts, expect the majority of the changes to be restricted to the exterior.

2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift (2017 Suzuki Alivio) from China
The 2017 Suzuki Alivio from China gives us a glimpse of the possible changes the upcoming facelift of the Ciaz can entail.

These spy shots, published by Auto Home, capture the front and rear end of the refreshed Suzuki Alivio which appears ready for the Chinese showrooms. It gets a new single piece front grille and new front and rear bumpers. New black fog lamp enclosures are unified by a thin strip running along the lower lip. Just above the fog lamp area are slim black inserts that could house LED DRLs on higher trims.

At the back, the bumper does away with the cut outs and features a dual tone look. Closer observation also reveals slightly tweaked tail lamp detailing with an increased stop lamp size. It is possible that the 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift will bear some of these changes when it arrives next year, but note that Changan Suzuki has made China-only designs and facelifts in the past.

Based on images of a test mule spotted in May, the Ciaz facelift will also get an updated instrument console with a new higher resolution colour MID. Reports also suggest Suzuki's new 1.5 L diesel engine will replace the 1.3 L DDiS200 Fiat unit to bring the Ciaz at par with rivals Honda City and Hyundai Verna, in performance.

2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift
The Maruti Ciaz retails through the Nexa sales channel since April 2017 gaining a new Nexa Blue (Stargaze) exterior colour.

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The Maruti Ciaz has been a popular choice amongst C2 segment sedan buyers outselling the Honda City consistently. In April, MSIL moved the Ciaz from regular dealerships to Nexa outlets. The Maruti Ciaz currently retails for INR 7.66 - 11.44 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

[source - Auto Home]

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