The Suzuki Ciaz is the Japanese carmaker’s first twenty-first century conventional subcompact sedan; it indirectly replaced the quirky SX4 sedan. Its design was first previewed by the Suzuki Authentics Concept which was unveiled in the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. The production Ciaz was unveiled a year after in China as the Alivio and in India as the Ciaz. Suzuki Philippines finally launched the Ciaz sedan in April 2016. The Suzuki Ciaz has a sleek traditional three-box silhouette; it was designed to be a 4-door sedan from the beginning. With an overall length of 4490mm, it’s noticeably longer than its core subcompact competitors. Suzuki designers went for a more elegant look with clean flowing lines. Up front it has a chrome-trimmed inverted trapezoidal grille flanked by large angular headlights. Its sides feature a crisp character line that runs from the front fender to the rear corners. At the back it has horizontal taillights linked by a chrome bar. The rear reflector surrounds on the rear bumper are styled to look like vents to give it a sporty flavor. The Ciaz has a modern cabin with a neat well laid out dashboard. The dark interior finish gives it sporty feel, while a contrasting silver band runs across the dashboard and extends to the doors to give it a premium touch. Its instrument cluster features a full set of analog gauges. The corner and central aircon vents are mounted up high. All variants get a large touch screen infotainment system with offline navigation, the one on the range-topping GLX trim runs on an Android OS. Its interior was designed for front and rear passenger comfort, its long for its segment 2,650mm wheelbase allows this subcompact sedan to have generous rear legroom. When it comes to practicality, the Suzuki Ciaz has several utility spaces; this includes front and rear cup holders, front and rear pockets with bottle holders, front armrest compartment, and a dashboard pocket. The subcompact sedan has a huge 495-liter luggage space with a large trunk opening for easier access. The Suzuki Ciaz has a lightweight body construction which uses high-tensile steel to improve rigidity, crash protection and at the same time reduce unwanted extra mass. Despite being on the large side of its size-class, its curb weight is quite low. The Ciaz suspension was tuned for both handling and ride comfort, up font it employs independent MacPherson struts with coil springs, and at the rear it gets a semi-independent torsion beam with coil springs. All variants get vented front disc brakes and drum rear brakes. Its steering is by rack and pinion with electric power assistance. The Philippine-spec Suzuki Ciaz is powered by the Japanese carmaker’s familiar 1.4-liter DOHC 16-valve K14B gasoline mill which features variable valve timing technology; it produces 92hp at 6,000rpm and 130Nm at 4,000rpm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels either through five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission.
On the safety department, all Suzuki Ciaz variants get standard driver and passenger SRS airbags and anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution. The height-adjustable front seatbelts come with pretensioners and force limiters.