Saar: As reported earlier, the minimum token amount will be Rs 11,000.
We rang up several Nexa dealers across the country towards the end of last month and reported that they have unofficially started accepting bookings for the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift. The minimum booking amount was Rs 11,000 and was totally refundable. Now, with the car scheduled to launch on August 20, 2018, Maruti Suzuki will officially start entertaining bookings for it from tomorrow – August 10, 2018. No points for guessing, the minimum token amount to reserve one is the same as mentioned above.
To book one, you can either visit your nearest Nexa dealership or go online to Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa website. It is worth noting that since several Nexa dealers starting accepting booking for the refreshed Ciaz unofficially nearly 2 weeks ago, the waiting period is already on the rise. The upcoming 10-day window will further inflate the waiting period and it is expected to hover around at least a month by the time Maruti Suzuki launches the Ciaz facelift.
The mid-life update of the Ciaz comes with some design changes on the outside, a couple of new features and a new petrol engine under the hood. As far as the design goes, the front will get a new grille flanked by new headlamps enclosures and a new front bumper. The rear will receive subtle changes too, with a slightly tweaked bumper design and LED elements in the taillamps. We expect Maruti Suzuki to also offer new alloy wheel designs, ranging up to 16 inches in diameter.
On the features front, the Ciaz facelift will introduce LED DRLs, LED headlamps and cruise control. Unfortunately, there is still no sunroof on offer and that alone is a deal maker or breaker for many customers these days.
The most noticeable change in the Ciaz’ recipe will be under the hood. Maruti Suzuki will debut its all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine, which will also do duty in the second-gen Ertiga, with the sedan. The engine will produce 104PS of power and 130Nm of torque. That’s 12PS/8Nm more than before. What’s more, the new engine will come mated to the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) tech, which is otherwise known as a mild-hybrid system. Thanks to this, the petrol-powered Ciaz facelift will be more frugal than its competitors and the pre-facelift model. The engine will be offered with automatic and manual transmissions. On the diesel front, there are no changes to report.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift will revive its rivalry with the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and the latest entrant in the segment – the Toyota Yaris. Price-wise, the Ciaz facelift is expected to be dearer by as much as Rs 40,000 over the outgoing version.