Back in August 2018, the facelifted Suzuki Ciaz was revealed in India. Now the updated sedan has officially arrived in South Africa, sporting a fresh look, a slightly expanded range and a new engine.
The local line-up now comprises four derivatives, with Suzuki Auto SA adding an automatic version of the entry-level GL model to the mix.
The Ciaz's old 70 kW/130 N.m 1,4-litre petrol engine has been binned in favour of the Japanese firm’s latest 1,5-litre unit (dubbed "K15B" and likewise naturally aspirated), which offers the same 77 kW and 138 N.m it does in the new Ertiga. Here, it is mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission.
GLX versions of the updated sedan, meanwhile, gain Suzuki’s latest “Smartphone Linkage Display Audio” infotainment system, which was recently rolled out to the likes of the Ignis and Baleno as well, and runs through a seven-inch touchscreen (and features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink functionality).
Styling updates for the Ciaz include a new grille stretching between the redesigned headlamps, added chrome trim, a larger lower air intake and new 16-inch wheels (for GLX models, that is; the base GL derivatives again feature 15-inch steelies).
The GLX models now also offer cruise control as standard, in addition to items such as automatic climate control, electrically folding side mirrors, “combination” leather upholstery, individual rear reading lights (Uber, anyone?) and a retractable rear sunshade. The remote central locking system of the GL models remains, while the GLX models have been upgraded to keyless access with push-button start.
A three-year/60 000 km service and Suzuki’s “promotional” five-year/200 000 km warranty are included.
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