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, the country's largest car maker, has reportedly stopped the production of its under-performing SX4 sedan in India to welcome its new model Ciaz.

SX4, a sedan from the country's most trusted brand Maruti has been on Indian roads since 2007. Although it's a car packed with all good features and stylish elements, the SX4 failed to make it to the hit list of Maruti in the country. A report of Auto Economic Times says that Maruti has stopped SX4 production in the country.

Maruti Ciaz, a sedan based on the Suzuki Authentics concept car, was first seen at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and is expected to reach Indian shores during this festive season. We do not know yet the exact launch date of the car in the country, but if emerging reports are to be believed Maruti will bring its Ciaz in September.

Ciaz was caught on test in the country numerous times. It is speculated to come with new design and style and is likely to host a slew of features like alloy wheels, engine start button, rear AC vents and front armrest along with dual tone black and beige interiors and leather seats.

The car is also expected to come loaded with safety features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).

Under the hood, Ciaz is likely to pack the same 1.3 litre Multijet diesel or 1.4 litre K Series petrol engine of Ertiga. The car is rumoured to get transmission from manual and CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Once it hits the market, Ciaz will be competing with the segment's current leaders Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento in India and the competition is not going to be easy unless Maruti offers something exciting in its upcoming sedan.

Although Maruti has not revealed the details of its new Ciaz sedan, rumour mills have spat out a few details. Going by this, Maruti Ciaz is likely to get a price tag around ₹7.2 lakh to ₹10.5 lakh in the country.

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