Not too long ago, a young individual tagged us on social media, pointing us to a rendered silhouette of a car. The shape was very vague, but there were two distinct words: "Ciaz" and "soon."
Without giving away too many details to protect the identity of the clue-giver, we did a Google search and found the Suzuki Ciaz, a handsome sedan with dimensions that place it in the subcompact category--albeit on the large end of the segment. The Ciaz is a bit bigger in every aspect than the class-leading Toyota Vios. This could be the new model hinted at by Suzuki Philippines general manager Shuzo Hoshikura late last year.
Overall, the Ciaz looks good. It has a handsome visage, especially the confident prow, and a body that doesn’t let down the exciting face. The design is refreshingly unique; it doesn’t immediately remind you of an existing model from another brand.
The Maruti-made sedan has two powerplants: a 1.4-liter gasoline engine, and a 1.3-liter diesel mill. The gas engine generates 91hp and 130Nm, and the diesel version puts out 89hp and 200Nm. Based on those figures, it’s easy to root for the oil-burner. And if Suzuki wants to entice the lucrative fleet and taxi market, it will do well to bring in the diesel engine.
Transmission options are typical for the segment: a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual gearbox. In India, the diesel gets only a manual shifter. MacPherson struts in front and torsion beams in the rear have the task of taking on India’s notorious roads, while ventilated discs in front and drum brakes in the rear handle stopping duties.
In terms of features, the higher variants get airbags, a backing-up camera, parking sensors, fog lamps, and an anti-theft system. Leather seats, touchscreen audio systems and steering wheel-mounted controls are also available on some variants. We hope our local Suzuki distributor is as generous with the goodies.
While the cabin doesn’t offer anything dramatic, the restraint is complemented by a balanced aesthetic. The chrome trim, the burgundy accents and the leather seats are done in good taste.
We hope our informant is correct, and that the Suzuki Ciaz does arrive here soon.