Maruti Suzuki Ciaz to Debut in September; Bookings, Price Details
Maruti Suzuki posted 26.9 percent growth in its total sales in August 2014.Reuters

A fresh batch spy pics of Suzuki Alivio aka Ciaz sans camouflage has emerged on the web, indicating the arrival of the vehicle in the market soon.

Suzuki Alivio, a car which was unveiled earlier this year at the Beijing Show is spotted online with new spy pics from China. The Suzuki's Alivio is likely to measure 4545 mm in length, 1475 mm in height, 1730 mm in width and a wheelbase of 2650 mm. Going by the previous reports, the Alivio is likely to get the power from 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder petrol engine and comes mated to six-speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to AutoHome for the spy shots. In the images, the Alivio is donned in black colour and it looks similar to the India bound version Ciaz. According to the emerging reports, in China the new sedan will go on sales later this year. The car is based on the Suzuki Authentics concept car, which was displayed at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.

India specific version of Alivio is called Ciaz. Under the hood, Maruti's new C-segment offering, Ciaz is likely to pack the same 1.3 liter Multijet diesel or 1.4 liter K Series petrol engine of Ertiga and is expected to carry some of the features of both SX4 and Ertiga. Apparently, Maruti's Ciaz would come with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and not Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technology.

On the safety front, Maruti Ciaz is speculated to come with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and the company is likely to price the upcoming sedan in the ₹7.2 lakh to ₹10.5 lakh range.

The Ciaz will take on the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento in the sub-continent. The car will replace Maruti's underperforming SX4 in the domestic market.

Although the company is yet to announce the launch date of the car in India, rumours suggest that Ciaz would make its India entry during the festive season this year, possibly by August.

Beside Ciaz, Maruti is also seen testing its first crossover SUV SX4 S-Cross in the country. Unveiled first at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, Maruti S-Cross, is speculated to hit the domestic market in early 2015. Under the hood, the new crossover SUV is likely to pack 1.6-litre diesel engine which can churn out a power of 118 bhp and a peak torque of 32 kgm and is expected to come coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The S-Cross is expected to house features like LED daytime-running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, scuff plates and black cladding. Coming to the pricing, Maruti is likely to price its first crossover-SUV segment in the range of ₹13-14 lakh.

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