Now Ciaz is unwrapped finally and it's quite clear what Maruti has been cooking for so long in their kitchen to make sure it suits the taste of premium mid size buyers who are addicted to cars such as Hyundai Verna and Honda City. Does Ciaz has the right set of ingredients to be as tasty as its rivals? We tell you here in detail.
This is a segment of cars where size does matter and Maruti proclaims to have won it as Ciaz is longest and widest in class. Ciaz measures at 4545mm in length which makes it significantly longer than Verna which measures 4370mm and even City which stands at 4440mm. The width of Verna and City is 1700mm and 1695mm while Ciaz is likely to be around 1720mm wide surely making it the longest and widest in class.
Even in terms of wheelbase and boot capacity, Ciaz is expected to surpass Verna and City as it will have a wheelbase of more than 2600mm making it even longer than City's 2600mm and Verna's 2570mm. Expect Ciaz to have a boot capacity of over 510 litres as City has a boot capacity of 510litres while Verna only offers 465 litres.
As speculated, Ciaz debuts with the smallest petrol and diesel engine in its class. The 1.4L K-series engine of Ertiga served with a five-speed manual gearbox makes its way to Ciaz with a similar power and torque output of 92bhp and 130Nm respectively. Maruti will also offer this engine with a four-speed automatic gearbox which can already be seen in their international products.
Ciaz also retains the famous 1.3L Multijet diesel engine in 92bhp state equipped with a VGT. The maximum torque output of this engine is of 200Nm. The engine only comes mated with a five-speed manual gearbox again leaving Verna to be the only car in this competition to feature an automatic diesel engine. Verna comes with choice of four engines, set of two 1.4L and 1.6L petrol and diesel engines.
Both 1.6L engine comes mated with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 1.4L petrol and diesel engines produce 105bhp and 90bhp while the bigger units produce 121bhp each 126bhp respectively making Verna the most powerful car in its segment. City also fails to match the power of Verna on papers as its 1.5L diesel engine produces 99bhp while its 1.5L petrol engine pumps out a power output of 117bhp. The petrol engine is available either with a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic transmission while the diesel engine only comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Maruti has surely rolled up its sleeves to take on City and Verna in terms of features as Ciaz will debut with many premium features which are never seen in a Maruti before.
The top variants which are now known as ZXI+ and ZDI+ now shares features such as front center armrest, automatic climate control, push button start, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear parking sensors, touch screen audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls with Verna and City although it misses out premium features of City such as rear parking camera and sun-roof. However the car comes with rear a.c vents, bigger 16 inche alloy wheels, Mirror link technology and rear accessory socket which makes it a good value for money.
Ciaz surely seems a good package in terms of technical and comfort features and visually looks better than all its predecessors and some of its rivals. Now, Maruti has to make the final move; they have to garnish this tempting dish. If they manage to do it wise and well then Ciaz may prove to be one of their biggest success achievement ever.