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Maruti Ciaz: All you need to know about the Honda City killer

July 25, 2014 15:38 IST

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Not wanting to be disheartened by poor performance in segments outside the B-Size, Maruti is planning a comeback in the mid-size sedan category with the Maruti Ciaz this festival season.

Here are 5 things we know about Maruti’s upcoming Honda City rival.

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Design inspiration from the Chinese Suzuki Authentics concept

The Ciaz takes styling inspiration from the Suzuki Authentics concept that was shown at the Shanghai Motor Show last year.

The concept was shown in India at the Auto Expo this year as the ‘Concept Ciaz’, and it materialised into the near-production Alivio sedan at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.

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Petrol and Diesel engines

The Ciaz will be offered with petrol and diesel engines. The petrol motor is likely to be the 1.4-litre K-Series engine from the Ertiga, while the diesel would be the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced Multijet engine. The petrol Ciaz could get the option of a CVT.

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Petrol and Diesel engines

The Ciaz will be offered with petrol and diesel engines. The petrol motor is likely to be the 1.4-litre K-Series engine from the Ertiga, while the diesel would be the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced Multijet engine. The petrol Ciaz could get the option of a CVT.

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Focus on the rear seat

Maruti understands that buyers in this segment ache to be chauffeur driven, and the Ciaz will be a Maruti with a clear focus on the rear seat.

The car is expected to measure 4,545 mm in length, making it longer than the new Honda City.

Maruti engineers are believed to have tuned the sedan for a comfortable ride.

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Festive season launch

Maruti will launch the car during the festive season this year. The launch is likely to take place in August or September.

The Ciaz won’t be the only new mid-sizer in its segment, as VW and Hyundai are planning to introduce refreshed versions of the Vento and Verna by the year end.

A prospective mid-size sedan buyer would do good to wait for sometime before zeroing-in on his next car.

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Pricing and competitors

Competitors: Honda City, VW Vento, Hyundai Verna

Expected Price: Rs 7.5 - 10.5 lakh, ex-Showroom

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