Maruti Suzuki, which has sold over 1.7 lakh units of its premium sedan, the Ciaz, since its launch in October 2014, on Thursday introduced a ‘sportier’ version of the car, called Ciaz S. The sedan has been refreshed with a spoiler pack—front, side, rear underbody plus trunk-lid spoiler—that, the company says, improves the aerodynamics of the car. The Ciaz S also gets all-black interiors with grey chrome finish. It’s priced Rs 9.39 lakh for petrol and Rs 11.55 lakh for diesel SHVS (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Ciaz, which was once India’s largest-selling midsize sedan (A3 segment), in the first six months of CY2017 ceded ground to Honda City. One of the reasons was that the government, earlier this year, withdrew incentives given to mild hybrid and hybrid vehicles under the FAME India scheme, increasing the price of such vehicles, including of the Ciaz SHVS.
The Ciaz SHVS (short for Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) is a mild hybrid vehicle. It gets fuel-saving features such as power assist, brake energy regeneration, idle engine start-stop and gear-shift indicator. Power assist, for example, uses the stored energy in the high capacity battery of the car and assists engine power during acceleration. This results into improved engine efficiency and prevents unnecessary loss of fuel. The idle engine start-stop function turns off the engine automatically when the car is idling. These technologies, in combination, result in improved fuel-efficiency, making the Ciaz SHVS India’s most fuel-efficient car with a claimed mileage of 28.09kpl.