Maruti Suzuki has silently introduced a new variant on the Ciaz mid-size saloon as the range-topping ZXi+ variant now gets an automatic transmission as optional, priced at 10.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Until now, the Ciaz was available with an automatic gearbox only on the mid-level VXi trim. However, the ZXi+ AT will ensure buyers do not need to skimp out on creature comforts in favour using an automatic transmission.
The transmission serving purpose on the Maruti Ciaz ZXi+ is the same 4-speed automatic unit that is available on the VXi trim. Offered only on the petrol version, the transmission comes mated to the 1.4-litre four-cylinder, K-Series engine tuned to produce 91bhp at 6000rpm and 130Nm of peak torque available at 4000rpm. The Ciaz automatic claims a fuel efficiency figure of 19.12 km/l.
In terms of features, the Maruti Ciaz ZXi+ variant comes loaded with tech goodies onboard including projector headlamps, push button start stop, automatic climate control; touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity; Navigation and Voice Command. You also get leather upholstered seats and leather wrapped steering wheel, beige finished cabin, 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as ABS and dual front airbags as standard on the range-topping variant.
The C-segment has seen some fierce competition in recent times, but the Maruti Ciaz has managed to make the cut, being the second most selling model in the segment after the Honda City. Maruti’s decision to introduce its SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) system on the Ciaz diesel also helped the car gain prominence amidst rivals. The Ciaz ZXi+ AT rivals the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and the likes in the segment, all of which get a petrol automatic trim to offer; whereas the Vento, Rapid and Verna also offer an automatic gearbox on the diesel version.