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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol To Get BS6 Update; Diesel Likely To Be Axed


A Ciaz was spotted testing with a BS6-complaint Smart Hybrid engine

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  •  The current 1.5-litre Smart Hybrid petrol engine is already BS6-ready.
  • The Ciaz received a new 1.5-litre DDiS diesel engine recently.
  • Expect the BS6 update to happen soon.

October 2014 saw the launch of the Ciaz sedan from Maruti Suzuki. The Ciaz did well in the market and received an update in 2018 that helped it stay relevant amongst its newer rivals. The update also witnessed the debut of the more powerful 1.5-litre K15B petrol motor and recently, the new in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel engine replaced the age-old 1.3-litre diesel unit. But with BS6 emission norms set to come into effect soon, Maruti is planning to update the 1.5-litre petrol motor, as can be seen from these spy shots of the sedan without any camouflage.

The sedan spied was seen sporting the ‘Smart Hybrid’ badge, like the current Ciaz. Currently, the engine churns out 105PS and 138Nm of torque. Maruti claims the Ciaz is capable of returning 21.56kmpl with the existing engine. Power is sent to the front wheels with the help of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The newly introduced 1.5-litre DDiS 225 engine, on the other hand, makes 95PS and 225Nm of torque along with a new 6-speed manual.

While the petrol engine will be updated to meet the new emission norms, the 1.5-litre diesel will sadly be discontinued. Maruti has already announced that it will not be updating any of its diesel engines for the new norms. However, the brand has also said that the 1.5-litre can be updated depending on customer demand.

As for the other petrol engines, Maruti has already started the process of updation, starting with the Alto and the Baleno. Currently, the Ciaz retails between Rs 8.20 and Rs 11.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It competes with the Volkswagen Vento, Honda City, and Skoda Rapid, among others.

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