There are a plethora of aesthetic updates to the Suzuki Ciaz sedan but, it is the addition of a 1,5-litre engine (in place of the older 1,3-litre mill) that gives the car additional kick (in more ways than one) on the desirability ladder.
The new Ciaz upgrade also introduces Suzuki’s Smartphone Linkage Display Audio (SLDA) to the GLX specification level and adds an additional model – a Ciaz 1.5 GL Automatic – to the range.
The new Ciaz differs from its predecessor, thanks to a new painted grille that stretches the full length of the nose between the headlamp clusters.
The grille is framed by chrome inserts which, in the GLX specification level, continues on the shoulder line and door handles and terminates in a new chrome garnish strip above the number plate on the boot lid.
The grille is flanked by new headlamp clusters with automatic LED headlamps and integrated daytime running lights on the GLX model. The GL model, in turn, gets new halogen projector headlamps.
The lower air intake has been redesigned in the style of Suzuki’s most recent new vehicles to be larger and more aggressive. This trapezoidal intake is flanked, on the GLX specification level, by LED fog lamps in large, chrome-lined holders.
At the rear, the GLX specification level adds integrated LED combination lamps while all models also feature a high-level brake light mounted in the rear window.
Recently introduced on the GLX specification level in several other Suzuki models, the SLDA system combines full Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink smartphone integration with features such as a reverse camera with rear park sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands.
Suzuki has added an additional 4,2-inch colour information display in the vehicle instrument cluster displaying driving information such as range, fuel consumption and outside temperature and is standard on both specification levels.
In addition, the Ciaz GLX now offers cruise control as standard along with automatic climate control, electrically folding side mirrors, combination leather upholstery, integrated lighting in the footwells, individual rear reading lights and a retractable rear sunshade.
The remote central locking system of the GL models remains, while the GLX model is upgraded to keyless access with a Start/Stop button.
The GLX models gain power windows, remote central locking, steering mounted audio controls, a centre armrest with integrated storage, rear air-conditioning vents and an additional 12V socket for the back-seat passengers.
Safety in the Ciaz crash bags for the driver and front passenger, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assistance (BAS) and the addition of a high-level brake light.
The new 1 462 cc K15B engine with multi-point fuel injection and variable valve timing delivers 77 kW at 6 000 r/min and 138 Nm at 4 400 r/min, which is 7 kW and 8 Nm more than the previous model. Fuel consumption increases marginally to 5,5 l/100 km for manual models and 5,6 l/100 km for automatic models in a combined cycle.
The engine is matched with a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic gearbox, with the latter now also available in a GL specification level.
All Ciaz models will be sold with a 3-year / 60 000 km service plan and Suzuki’s promotional 5-year / 200 000 km vehicle warranty.
Recommended retail price incl. VAT
• Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GL Manual R214 900
• Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GL Auto R229 900
• Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GLX Manual R244 900
• Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GLX Auto R259 900