Maruti Suzuki India launched a new variant of the Ciaz sedan christened as Ciaz RS. The mid-size sedan's new variant is available in petrol and diesel hybrid avatars and has been priced between Rs 9.2 lakh and Rs 10.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), respectively.

The new variants get a spoiler pack that includes a front under spoiler, side under spoiler, trunk-lid spoiler and rear underbody spoiler. Whether these enhancement aid in aerodynamics of the car is not clear as yet. The Interior is spruced up with black while the instrument panel receives grey chrome finish.

"Ciaz has emerged as one of our strong brands. It has enabled us to strengthen our position in the mid-size premium sedan segment. Brand Ciaz has been appreciated by customers for denoting high style, being feature-rich and offering best in class mileage in both petrol and diesel options. Further, the introduction of smart hybrid diesel and safety features such as dual airbags and ABS in base variants has enhanced the reputation of Ciaz. For customers who love Ciaz and want something even more distinctive and stylish, Ciaz RS is irresistible," said R S Kalsi, executive director (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki, in a statement.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz RS
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The Ciaz is powered by the 1,373cc petrol unit that develops 91bhp at 6,000rpm and 130Nm of torque at 4,000rpm mated to five-speed manual transmission. The petrol variant is also available with four-speed automatic transmission.

The diesel unit comes equipped with a small hybrid system with 1,248cc displacement and develops 89bhp at 4,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

Maruti Suzuki updated the diesel engine with SHVS smart hybrid system on 1 September with a starting price of Rs 8.23 lakh(ex-Delhi). The Ciaz Hybrid will return fuel efficiency of 28.09kmpl. Maruti Suzuki claims that Ciaz hybrid is the most fuel efficient diesel car in India now.