Maruti Ciaz spotted testing with some updates

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A couple of test mules of the Maruti Ciaz with red number plates have been spotted testing in Delhi-NCR.  The black coloured mules appear to be based on the mid-level Zeta trim, owing to the presence of alloy wheels and a 2-DIN music system. Moreover, the thick chrome strip above the rear number plate housing is missing, similar to what is seen on the Ciaz Zeta. The DDiS badge on the side fender and SHVS tag on the boot lid are missing from the two cars, suggesting that these are probably the petrol versions.

While the overall design is similar to that of the current model, some elements like the mesh pattern on the rear bumper that houses the reflectors has been covered in black tape. Additionally, the spotter claims that the front fog lamps of the two models were hidden with similar tapes. There is thus a possibility of some changes being made around these areas, including the presence of DRLs around the fog lamps.

The biggest change, however, is on the inside. The instrument cluster appears to be an all-new unit, with the two pods getting a chrome border. The speedometer and tachometer needles are also new, with the pivot area adorning a chrome boundary. Additionally, the MID screen in the centre is surely a size larger than what is currently found on the Ciaz. Wooden trims on the dashboard have been masked under black covers, though the overall cabin still retains the dual tone black and beige layout.

It is hard to tell whether the spotted cars have any mechanical changes. However, the spotter claims to have seen a new automatic gear knob in the vehicles. There have been speculations earlier that Maruti might introduce more powerful engines in the Ciaz in order to compete against its arch rival - the Honda City.

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