Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Performance & First Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

Just when many automakers are giving up on diesel, Maruti Suzuki has bucked the trend and launched an all-new, in-house-developed 1.5 diesel motor under the bonnet of the Ciaz. Now, why on God’s not-so-green earth would India’s leading auto company risk investing in diesel powertrains, at a time when the future for them looks bleak? Next year’s stringent BS-VI emission regulations threaten to kill small-capacity diesel engines, including the trusty Fiat-sourced 1.3 Multijet diesel that has powered millions of Marutis for over a decade.

However, for the market leader to not have a diesel model in its portfolio is a greater risk. Diesel cars account for around 30 percent of all Maruti Suzuki sales, and even if that figure is set to fall post April 2020, due to costly BS-VI hardware that will push diesel car prices sharply north, there will still be substantial demand for them, especially diesel SUVs. But, for how long? Maruti Suzuki doesn’t yet have the answer to that troubling question, but it is taking no chances – even if it meant coming really late to the diesel party.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Look

While the Alivio facelift (Alivio = Ciaz in China) took a leaf out of Lexus’ handbook and got a grille big enough to have its own pin code, the new Ciaz does the opposite.Its face sports a sleeker grille that drops the old quad-chrome slats for two slim chrome accents. Even the fog lamps get new and more aggressively styled enclosures. All of this comes together to make the Ciaz look less business-like and sportier.It bedazzles too with not just LED projector headlights and DRLs but also, LED fog lights. Neat!

The side profile remains largely identical, save for the new wheel designs. With no change in dimensions, the Ciaz is still the longest car in its segment, so the badi gaadi look stays uncorrupted.It’s at the rear that you get a throwback to the original Ciaz concept car. The revised tail light clusters now sport LED stripes, adding a dash of flash to an otherwise simple looking rear. There’s even some chrome around the rear reflectors which should tickle the Indian taste just right.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Comfort

While the exterior is snazzier and new, the interior hasn’t really changed. It’s still the only car in the segment with enough cabin space to make the Honda City nervous and a big 510-litre boot to match.Also, while the interior is more functional than funky, it’s classy nonetheless. However, look closer and you spot a few experience enhancers. Rear seat owners, a big demographic for the Ciaz, will be happy to note that the sedan now gets adjustable rear headrests.Apart from the new faux wood, you also notice that the right side stalk of the steering wheel isn’t blank anymore. That’s because the Ciaz now gets cruise control.

Also, petrol Ciaz buyers get a cool new instrument cluster, complete with a 4.2-inch TFT colour MID. Apart from the usual trip info, range and average fuel efficiency readouts, it now features some cool displays too. There’s the power/torque graphical display we’ve seen in the Baleno, a graph showing your acceleration and braking patterns and another that shows the SHVS system in action like we’ve seen in proper hybrids like the Camry and Accord.To know more information on Maruti Suzuki Ciaz  check Isc2013

Why is this MID exclusive to the petrol Ciaz? Well, because the SHVS here is a first since this new system adds a lithium-ion battery to the equation. It’s also why the 2018 Ciaz petrol got so much more expensive. The lithium-ion battery is an import, at least until the Suzuki-Toshiba battery factory in Gujarat is operational.This battery enables better energy storage during brake energy regeneration and more torque assist during acceleration. And that’s not all that’s new in the petrol Ciaz.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Transmission

The starting point for the E15A, in-line, four-cylinder diesel engine wasn’t exactly a clean sheet of paper, but the Celerio’s E08A 793cc two-cylinder diesel, with which it shares a similar architecture, was a good place to begin. This new engine has the same 77.0mm bore and is essentially two Celerio diesels joined together but scaled down to 1,498cc (by reducing the stroke from 85.1mm to 80.4mm) to avail of the lower tax benefits offered to diesel cars with an engine cubic capacity under 1,500cc.The E15A also gets an aluminium cylinder block with cast-iron sleeves and is, hence, much lighter than the 1.3 Multijet’s cast-iron block.

More importantly, this new DDiS 225 engine benefits from the hard lessons Suzuki learned whilst developing the Celerio’s underwhelming two-cylinder unit, which was also the company’s first independent shot at a diesel engine.Maruti says this engine is practically all-new, with a stiffer engine block, a redesigned combustion chamber, revised valve gear, new intake and exhaust manifolds and even a dual-mass flywheel.Still, I must admit, I was pretty sceptical about Suzuki’s latest diesel effort, given the company’s track record first time round. The Celerio diesel flopped because it was noisy, underpowered and anything but a joy to drive.

But the moment I fired up the 1.5 diesel, any misgivings I had quickly disappeared. In fact, I was utterly blown away with how refined this motor is; it’s partly because my expectations were set low and also because there is no doubt that this all-new Suzuki diesel is right up there with the best in class, when it comes to NVH. It’s impressively quiet at idle, and when you rev it hard, you do know it’s a diesel, but noise levels increase in a subdued sort of way. There’s none of that annoying diesel clatter of the 1.3 Multijet or the gruffness of the VW 1.5 diesels, and, quite honestly, I would rate this engine on par with the Verna’s 1.6 diesel, when it comes to refinement. In fact, when you’re cruising, the engine sound is so low that it’s drowned out by road noise, which ironically exposes the Ciaz’s lack of underbody insulation.

So, this time round, how did Suzuki manage to develop such a remarkably refined engine, something which even Honda couldn’t do? Apart from the usual measures that involve lots of sound-deadening material, optimised engine mounts and intake manifolds, Suzuki had two tricks up its sleeve. Firstly, as mentioned earlier, this motor gets a dual-mass flywheel, which is a very effective (but costly) way to dampen engine vibrations. Yes, a dual-mass flywheel is expensive, and it took a long time to integrate it between the engine and gearbox (the main reason for the delay), but it’s clearly been worth the effort and money.

The second secret is a low compression ratio of 15.9:1, which is much below the norm of around 17-18:1.Lowering the compression ratio leads to smoother and progressive combustion, which has a positive impact on noise levels. Another benefit is that combustion temperatures are lower, resulting in lower NOx levels. This leads me to the engine’s emission control systems, which currently meets BS-IV standards but could be upgraded to BS-VI norms once the fuel is ready.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving

Much has been spoken about the ride and handling of the Ciaz already but what you need to know is that it’s comfortable and very confident in the way it tackles bad roads. The suspension is set up on the soft side, but we noticed that the extra degree of plushness we loved went away when the tyres are inflated to the recommended pressures. Make of that what you will. A steering that’s heavy at low speeds adds up to the perfect weight for city and highway speeds. It’s not very communicative but the plus point is that it never feels fidgety or nervous. It also means that the Ciaz doesn’t like being thrown into corners, and takes some doing to get its 4.5m length rotated through a corner. For the odd burst of enthusiasm, it’s fine. But a calm and serene experience is what the Ciaz does best.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety

Along with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, the all-new Maruti Ciaz 2018 now comes with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Hold Function, while co-passenger seatbelt reminder, speed alert system and reverse parking sensors are offered across the range.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Price in New Delhi

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On Road Price is 9,46,989/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,19,000/- in New Delhi. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes in 7 colours, namely Nexa Blue,Pearl Midnight Black,Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown,Pearl Snow White,Pearl Sangria Red,Metallic Silky Silver,Metallic Glistening Grey. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes with 2WD with 1373 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 91 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 130 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Final Word

Maruti has pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the new 1.5 diesel Ciaz, and it has turned out to be far better than expected, considering Suzuki’s lack of experience with diesel technology. Priced at Rs 9.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the starting Delta variant, the 1.5 diesel is just Rs 17,000 more than the 1.3 Multijet variant, which eventually will be phased out.

The new engine is remarkably refined, has sufficient punch and lives up to Maruti’s tradition of offering the best-in-class fuel efficiency. The 1.5 diesel Ciaz feels more polished and takes the fight to its arch-rival’s doorstep – the Honda City. More importantly, the new 1.5 diesel comes at a time when several rival mid-size sedans won’t have a diesel option next year. Maybe Maruti’s timing wasn’t so bad after all.

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