Maruti Suzuki has revealed its Ciaz concept at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Previewing the replacement for the SX4 sedan (codenamed YL1), it’s another entrant in the burgeoning B-segment sedan sector.
Now, for those of you who feel a sense of familiarity – no, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is, in fact, the exact same Suzuki Authentics concept that was at last year’s Shanghai Motor Show; only this time it has been given a new name and a deep shade of red. Hence, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (pronounced chi-aaz) retains the same handsome styling and lack of a full interior with the Authentics concept.
What has changed are the details regarding the final production model. In India at least, the Ciaz will come with two engines – a petrol and a diesel. The 1.4 litre VVT petrol engine, shared with the Ertiga MPV, produces 95 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The 1.3 litre DDiS turbodiesel engine, on the other hand, will be a carryover from the outgoing SX4, and it produces 90 PS at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm.
The production Ciaz will debut sometime during the Indian festive season later this year. As of now, it is unclear whether it will be brought in to Malaysian shores, as the SX4 didn’t do so well sales-wise over here.
Live launch pix courtesy of Faisal from MotorBeam India.