The Maruti Ciaz has turned out to be a popular choice among mid-size sedan buyers in India. Although there are hardly any major faults with the car as such there have been complaints about there the underpowered nature of the 1.3 litre diesel motor offered by Maruti. This unit produces around 89 bhp power and 200 Nm torque which are amongst the lowest figures in its class. To address this issue, Maruti is mulling launching a 1.6 litre diesel version of the Ciaz in the near future. If this actually happens then the Maruti Ciaz will be able to match the Hyundai Verna‘s power output and will become significantly more powerful than the Honda City. Read on to find out all there is to know about the Maruti Ciaz 1.6 diesel.
The Ciaz 1.6 will be priced significantly higher than the current Ciaz which comes with a 1.3 litre diesel. Prices could be around 80,000-90,000 higher than the standard car and it could be restricted to only the top of the line ZDi trim.
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This particular model of the Ciaz is yet to be confirmed by Maruti and hence, we can only speculate on the launch which could happen by the end of this year or early next year.
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The 1.6 litre diesel unit that will power the Ciaz is the same one that will be present under the hood of the soon-to-be-launched Maruti S-Cross. It is a Fiat sourced unit part of the MultiJet family which also consists of the 1.3 litre diesel motor that powers Fiat, Tata and Maruti cars in India. The engine boasts of power figures in the range of 118 bhp and 314 Nm torque. The usage of this engine in the Maruti Ciaz 1.6 diesel is expected to be a temporary arrangement till Maruti Suzuki roll out its very own 1.5 litre diesel unit by 2017.
- The Maruti Ciaz 1.6 diesel is likely to be offered only in the top level ZDi and ZDi(O) trims.
- It will be a feature packed proposition and could get additional features if Maruti feels the need to set it apart from the current 1.3 model.
- Additional features could include LED daytime running lights, a body kit and a rear spoiler. These features were earlier seen on the Ciaz RS spy shots.
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The introduction of the Maruti Ciaz 1.6 diesel would boost the car’s appeal in the market and enable it to take on the Hyundai Verna 1.6 as well. Although there will be a significant bump in prices it will still be at par with the competition which is already dearer by more than a lakh when compared spec fro spec. Added features could also help push sales of the Ciaz which, armed with a 1.6 litre diesel, would appeal to a wider set of car buyers.
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