On the inside, the current Ciaz is at par with competition on the features front and we think Maruti might not change it much. It might get automatic headlamps or wipers to compete with the new Verna. Under the hood, it will continue to get the 1.4-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engines mated to five-speed manual gearboxes. The petrol will continue getting the four-speed automatic while the speculations are rife that the Ciaz will be the second Maruti to get the 1.6-litre Multijet II diesel engine.
It is also speculated that with the addition of the 1.6-litre engine, the Ciaz might be moved to the premium Nexa scheme of things with the Vitara Brezza becoming the flagship model for the regular dealers. The price will not increase by much for the base petrol but the 1.6-litre diesel Ciaz might supersede the top-spec Honda City in terms of pricing.
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