Ciaz aka Alivio from Maruti Suzuki is soon about to enter our Indian market replacing company's current mid-size sedan, SX4. Maruti is betting really high on this car as they expect Ciaz to change company's image in our market and find itself competitively pit against one of the most popular cars in its segment, the new gen Honda City 2014. Let's find out more about both these cars.
In case of City, Honda has kept the styling quite basic and the new car looks much like the evolved version of the previous car whereas the new Ciaz looks much more dynamic and aggressive in comparison to its predecessor and the new City as well. The dynamic appearance of the car is mainly contributed by a large multi-layer chrome front grille, extended projector headlamps and bold creases on its front bumper and side body panels.
The face of Ciaz has high resemblance with much higher segment car and that surely works in its favor.
In comparison to City which is available with 15 inches alloy wheels, Ciaz is likely to feature bigger 16 inches alloy wheels. As far as equipment list in concerned, both cars will share many features like climatronic control along with rear a.c vents, electronically foldable and adjustable side mirrors, keyless go, integrated music system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls.
Some more safety features in common will be Dual Front airbags and ABS with EBD. Apart from these, it will be really interesting to see how Maruti will deal with the highly feature equipped City which also gets first in class electric sunroof and rear parking camera with sensors and big touch screen display.
Technically, Honda City is equipped with two 1.5L petrol and diesel engines with a power output of 118bhp and 100bhp respectively whereas Ciaz will be implanted with a 1.6L 102 bhp petrol engine and 1.3L Multijet 90 bhp diesel engine. Currently, City is only available with manual transmission whereas it’s speculated that Ciaz might debut with Maruti's revolutionary AMT technology which will surely heat up things in this segment,
Honda has strategically placed City in our market denting almost every variant of the current segment leader, Verna and with new approach;it’s quite possible that Maruti will consider City as the new benchmark to beat in this segment. City pricing starts at INR 7.19lakhs and goes all the way to INR 10.99 lakhs for its top diesel variant (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Let's see what Maruti has to gift Indians on this upcoming Christmas or New Year.