Maruti Suzuki Ciaz likely to get CVT

After the success of the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) equipped Maruti Suzuki Celerio hatchback, it was rumoured that the country's largest automaker would use the technology in the upcoming Ciaz premium sedan as well. However, it turns out that the company is more likely to equip the car with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) instead.

Maruti Suzuki plans to launch the Ciaz later this year. The company is positioning it against the Honda City and Hyundai Verna which come with a CVT and 4-speed torque converter respectively. Maruti considers AMT a "poor man's automatic" and fears that equipping the Ciaz with one could lower the car's snob value. Additionally, the AMT is not as smooth as a conventional automatic - something that matters at that price point.

When the Ciaz goes on sale in India, it is expected to be powered by a 1.4-litre, K-Series petrol engine from the Ertiga. The Ertiga's 1.3-litre, 90 bhp DDiS diesel motor is also likely to be offered.

The Ciaz measures 4545 mm in length, 1730 mm in width and 1475 mm in height. The car's dimensions will ensure that it has spacious interiors.

Source: Autocar India

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