In August, the Suzuki Alivio received a facelift in China. Now, Maruti Suzuki has started readying a facelift for its counterpart. The 2018 Maruti Ciaz was spied testing for the first time recently, courtesy GaadiWaadi.com.
Heavy camouflage on the body does not let the test mule reveal the changes. However, we do know what to expect in the new Maruti Ciaz, on the basis of the changes to the Suzuki Alivio Pro. The 2018 Maruti Ciaz will likely have a refreshed front fascia with a one-piece grille, restyled bumper and new fog lamp detailing. On the sides, one can expect a set of newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the new Ciaz may have tweaked tail lamp graphics, remodelled bumper and new garnish on the light reflectors. As for the interior, Maruti Suzuki may tinker with the trim and upholstery, and maybe upgrade the MID, but no major shifts are expected.
The Maruti Ciaz is currently available with two engines: K14B VVT petrol and DDiS 200 diesel. The 1.4L petrol engine produces 68 kW (91.15 hp) and 130 Nm of torque. The 1.3L diesel engine develops 66 kW (88.47 hp) and 200 Nm of torque. The SHVS mild-hybrid technology is available only in the diesel engine model. The company has tested the new in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel engine successfully, and it could replace the 1.3-litre diesel engine in the mid-cycle change.
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Maruti Suzuki could use Auto Expo 2018 to launch the 2018 Maruti Ciaz in India. The biennial motor show will take place from 9-14 February, 2018.