IAB Speculation - Maruti YL1 (SX4 replacement) to be called 'Ciaz'?

17/01/2014 - 20:15 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

Indian Autos Blog has received a tip that the upcoming Maruti YL1 sedan, the replacement to the SX4, could be called the 'Ciaz'.

The Maruti Ciaz, previewed by the Suzuki Authentics Concept at Auto Shanghai 2013, has been revealed through spyshots on the internet last year, and the first prototypes carried completely revamped exterior and interior designs.

Suzuki Authentics front three quarter at the 2013 Auto Shanghai
The Ciaz was previewed by the Suzuki Authentics Concept at Auto Shanghai 2013.

The car is sporty and elegant, featuring a long wheelbase, a strong character line and a low roofline.

The entire cabin is rich in beige, and though it has parts that can be traced back to cheaper Marutis like the Swift and Ertiga, it emerges as a much better place than the SX4.

To keep up with the VW Vento, Skoda Rapid, Nissan Sunny and the new Honda City, Maruti has improved the rear knee room and included an aircon vent there.

Suzuki Authentics rear three quarter at the 2013 Auto Shanghai
The concept's proportions have cascaded into the production car, but the snazzy taillights, exhaust tips and alloy wheels apparently have not made it.

Spyshots also show a music system with the design and finish of a Volkswagen, an auto climate control system and steering-mounted buttons for audio and Bluetooth furnishing the high-end variant.

Little is known about the powertrains planned for the Ciaz. While the petrol could be a dialed up version of the 1.4-liter K Series engine matched to a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission, the diesel motor could either come from Fiat (the 1.3L MultiJet) or be Suzuki's first in-house 1.5L diesel engine.

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