UPDATE: Bookings for the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift have officially opened for an amount of Rs 11,000.
The Maruti Ciaz facelift will finally hit Nexa showrooms on August 20, 2018. The refreshed Ciaz was initially expected to see a market launch on August 6, but Maruti had to push the launch event due to another event clashing with the date. A few Nexa dealers have already started taking bookings for the car unofficially, for amounts between Rs 11,000 and Rs 25,000.
In terms of design, the 2018 Ciaz facelift gets a more rounded nose and a smoother grille that merges with the headlights. It gets subtle chrome accents on the grille and larger ones around the new bumper. A welcome upgrade on the Ciaz facelift is the switch to LED headlamps embellished with LED daytime running lights. At the back, except for new inserts for the LED tail-lamps and chrome detailing on the rear bumper, the overall styling remains the same.
On the inside, as reported by us earlier, the car gets a new instrument cluster and multi-info display, a lighter shade for the faux wood trim, an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and new upholstery for the seats and door pads.
Powering the Ciaz facelift will be Suzuki’s new 1.5-litre petrol motor that will replace the current 1.4 petrol. Maruti will also offer this engine on the second-generation Ertiga that'll come to the market later this year. While the engine’s 104hp of power is average by sedan class standards, the 1.5-litre petrol unit will stand out for its SHVS mild-hybrid tech.
The prices for the updated Ciaz are not yet out, but we can tell you that there are good deals currently available on unsold stock of the outgoing, pre-facelift Ciaz. Depending on the location, Nexa dealers are offering discounts ranging from Rs 75,000 to Rs 1.3 lakh on the car.
The Maruti Ciaz takes on the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Toyota Yaris.