Maruti Suzuki is readying a facelift of the Ciaz for the Indian market. The 2018 Maruti Ciaz won't just get cosmetic updates, but will also bring with a major change in terms of the powertrains on offer. Autocar India reports that the sedan will get a new 1.5 L petrol engine which debuted on the 2018 Suzuki Ertiga launched in Indonesia earlier this month.
The Maruti Ciaz facelift will swap the current 1.4 L Petrol for a bigger 1.5 L K15B unit. This engine is likely to have power and torque outputs of around 104 PS and 138 Nm. In contrast, the current 1.4 L mill develops 92 PS and 130 Nm. This engine does duty on the 2018 Suzuki Ertiga in Indonesia and comes paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
A report from March claims that the 1.3 L DDiS 200 diesel will be replaced by a new 1.5 L diesel unit developed in-house by Suzuki. Although there is no word on its exact specifications yet, the new engine could have a power output of around 100 PS and torque in the 200-250 Nm region.
The 2018 Maruti Ciaz will get minor updates to the exterior. Spy shots suggest there will be a new, wider radiator grille, a sharper looking front bumper, tweaked tail lamps, and updated rear bumper. Maruti may add LED DRLs/pilot lamps as well. Inside, there is likely to be an introduction of new upholstery and trim.
Maruti Suzuki will launch the new Ciaz in August, reportedly. As is the case with the current model, it is expected to arrive with a sub- INR 8 lakhs (ex-showroom) starting price. The Ciaz now has a new rival in India in the form of Toyota Yaris that launched a few days back.
[source - Autocar India]