Maruti Suzuki announced at the launch of the 2018 Maruti Ciaz yesterday that it had sold over 220,000 units of the sedan since its launch in October 2014. Further, Maruti said that the top end Alpha variant (earlier sold as the Ciaz ZXi+/ZDi+) accounted for 41 percent of total sales.
The Maruti Ciaz takes on the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Toyota Yaris, with prices for the 2018 Ciaz ranging from INR 8.19 lakhs to INR 10.97 lakhs, ex-Showroom. The company said yesterday that in 2017-18, a leading 34% of the market share was captured by the Ciaz in the C2 segment.
While the old Ciaz offered the SHVS mild hybrid system only with the diesel engine, the 2018 Ciaz offers the next generation hybrid technology in petrol and diesel as standard. The new hybrid system comes with dual battery and provides torque assist, idle start-stop, and brake energy recuperation.
The petrol engine is the new K15B 1.5-liter VVT unit developing 104.7 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. Paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, it offers 21.56 km/l, and with a 4-speed automatic Maruti claims 20.28 km/l. The 2018 Ciaz diesel continues to offer the Fiat sourced 1.3-liter DDiS making 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque, coupled to a 5-speed manual delivering 28.09 km/l mileage. Reports state that Maruti will update this engine towards the end of this year with a Suzuki developed 1.5-liter adhering to BS6 emission standards.
The 2018 Ciaz now offers LED lighting technology for the headlights, foglights, daytime running lights and rear combination lights. The petrol AT models gain ESP and Hill Hold Assist, and reverse parking sensors have been standardized across the variants.