Spied - (Maruti) Suzuki Ciaz spotted testing in China

18/02/2014 - 13:30 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Camouflaged prototypes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz were spotted testing in China recently. The Ciaz, which goes by its codename YL1, was previewed through concepts shown at the Shanghai Motor Show 2013 and the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz spied China front quarter
The Ciaz will replace the SX4 in India.

While the Shanghai show concept was called "Authentics", the Auto Expo show car went by the name "Ciaz Concept", which according to our sources is the name reserved for the production car, at least for the Indian market.

Maruti Ciaz Concept front three quarters far
Front three quarter of the Maruti Ciaz concept added for reference.

The Ciaz when it goes on sale towards the festive season of this year, will replace the SX4 sedan in India. As it is now, Maruti will offer the C-Segment sedan with a petrol and a diesel engine. The petrol motor can either be the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (found in the SX4 S-Cross) which produces 120 PS and 156 Nm of torque, or the fuel-efficient 1.4-liter K-Series engine which powers the Ertiga.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz spied China rear quarter
Expect a festive season launch for the Ciaz in India.

The diesel engine will most likely be the 1.3-liter Multijet motor borrowed from Fiat, though reports suggest that Maruti is looking to introduce the 1.6-liter version of this engine in India soon.

Maruti Ciaz Concept rear three quarters left
Rear three quarter view the Ciaz concept from Auto Expo 2014.

The Ciaz has already been caught without any disguise, revealing an exterior design inspired by the concept and an interior vaguely similar to the Ertiga/Swift. For now, features such as ABS, dual front airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, steering integrated audio controls and rear AC vents are confirmed for the top-end variant of the car.

[Images from Auto.163.com]

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