Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has cracked the mid-size segment code with its Ciaz sedan. It has been raking in good sales for the company and its diesel variant is among the most fuel-efficient cars in the country. MSIL is going a step further and is replacing its diesel variant with a mild hybrid SHVS version. Carwale reports that this model will be available in three trims – Vdi, ZDi and ZDi+.
The exterior of the Ciaz looks similar to its diesel sibling with the only differentiator being the hybrid badging on the boot lid. The real changes are under the hood, where it gets the Smart Hybrid Vehicle technology (SHVS), which is essentially regenerative braking with a lithium-ion battery and stop-start technology. All of which make the car more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly. The same 1.3-liter Fiat Multijet engine will power the new model and will have to be slightly tuned to work with SHVS. It has been reported that the hybrid system will enable the diesel Ciaz to reach the magical 30 kmpl mark.
The new Ciaz is expected to get loads of equipment especially on the higher variants like projector headlamps, SmartPlay touchscreen system with Bluetooth, CD, USB and AUX functionality, keyless entry with Start/Stop, automatic climate control, power folding wing mirrors, leather upholstery, steering mounted audio controls and auto dimming rear view mirror.
Bookings for the Maruti Ciaz SHVS are rumored to have already begun at dealerships with a token amount of INR 11,000. Deliveries are expected to follow soon, probably in a couple of weeks during the festive season.