A facelift version of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has been spotted without disguise in China. The mid-cycle refreshed version of the car, which sells as Suzuki Alivio in China, was spied by Autohome. The cosmetic changes on the Alivio give a perspective on what can be expected from the new Ciaz. Currently, the Indian version Ciaz and its China-spec version Alivio have a similar design with some minor differences. First launched in 2014, the Ciaz has been due for an update in India. But, Maruti moved it to its premium car network Nexa only a few months back. The Ciaz facelift is expected to be revealed next year, most likely during the Auto Expo 2018.
In terms of design, the Alivio does not sport the two-part grille anymore, instead, it gets a larger grille. The fog lamp housing is glossy black, however, the headlamps have not been changed, but the current halogen bulb may be replaced by Bi-Xenon or LED units. At the back, the Alivio gets a new dual-tone bumper.
The Ciaz facelift is expected to come with additional features, including a sunroof among others. Under the bonnet, the car will likely carry forward the same engine, however, it could also be made available with a 1.6-litre diesel from the S-Cross as well. The current four-speed automatic is expected to be replaced by a CVT or a six-speed AT.
Maruti also just launched the S version of the Ciaz. The top end trim is available in both petrol and diesel options, priced at Rs 9.39 lakh and Rs 11.55 lakh, respectively. The S variant has received cosmetic upgrades such as projector headlamps,16- inch alloy wheels and others.
Read all about it here: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz S launched, prices start at Rs 9.39 lakh
It is powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine that produces 91 hp and 130 Nm and a 1.3-litre diesel engine with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki) system generates 88.5 hp and 200 Nm.