Maruti Ciaz
Maruti Suzuki Concept car Ciaz is displayed during the Indian Auto Expo in Greater Noida, New Delhi on 5 February 2014.Reuters

Maruti Suzuki's much anticipated sedan Ciaz entered production in India at the company's Manesar plant.

Slated for a launch in September in India, Maruti Ciaz, a sedan based on the Suzuki Authentics concept car will be offered in both petrol and diesel engine options in India.

The petrol Ciaz will get its power from 1.4 litre K series (K14B) petrol engine, which can churn out 95 PS power and 130 Nm peak torque and the diesel model will be powered by a 1.3 litre DDIS motor that can generate 90 PS power and 200 Nm peak torque.

As far as the power transmission of the new Ciaz is concerned, rumours are rife that the car will get manual and CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Although Maruti has not formally conveyed any details of the car, the Ciaz was caught on camera numerous times in India. Earlier last week, the production version of Ciaz was spied at the company's plant by the folks at GaadiWaadi, indicating that the company has commenced the production of Ciaz.

The Ciaz, which is pegged as the game changer of Maruti in the big car segment, will take on the likes of the current market leaders like Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento in India. The car will be launched in six variants: 3 petrol - VXi, VXi+, ZXi and 3 diesel - VDi, VDi+ and ZDi in India.

From what we heard so far, the car will come in seven body paints - Pearl metallic arctic white, Midnight black, Silky Silver, Glistening Grey, Clear Beige, Chocolate Brown and Fire Brick Red.

In terms of the features, the Ciaz is expected to include steering mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors, ABS, height adjustable driver's seat, rear AC vents, driver arm rest and electrically adjustable mirrors.

The Ciaz will show door to Maruti's underperforming SX4 sedan in the country and going by the rumours, the new Maruti sedan is likely to be priced in the ₹7.2 lakh-₹10.5 lakh range. The booking of the vehicle is likely to commence towards the end of this month.

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