The deadline for the stringent BSVI emission norms is getting closer and car manufacturers are racing to get their vehicles up to date with the new norms. Maruti Suzuki is no exception and the mid-size sedan, Ciaz has been spotted testing with a new BSVI compliant engine. The car has seen a facelift last year in August and apart from the cosmetic changes the car also got a new 1.5-litre petrol motor with the brand’s mild-hybrid technology called SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). The car also got the updated 1.5-litre DDiS diesel engine this March.
The spied car bears the SVHS badging and the mild-hybrid system is expected to stay the same as before with the dual battery setup including a high capacity lithium-ion battery and an integrated starter generator. The energy stored in the lithium-ion battery is used to power the car from a standstill through a belt-assisted system, reducing engine loads, and the initial boost helps in reducing fuel consumption and also provides optimal acceleration. It also provides the energy required for the starter motor when it is using the Start/Stop function during traffic stops.
The engine on the Ciaz petrol is powered by a 1.5-litre motor that produces 105 HP of power and 138 Nm of torque coupled to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter type automatic transmission. The fuel economy on the car is rated by the ARAI at 21.56 kmpl, thanks to the SHVS system. Except for the engine, no other changes are expected on the Ciaz and once developed, the same BSVI motor may be used on other Maruti Suzuki cars such as the S-Cross, Ertiga and Vitara Brezza.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz starts from INR 8.19 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi and the top-spec Alpha diesel variant costs INR 11.38 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. The Ciaz Rivals the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna among others.