Since it was launched a year ago, the Ciaz has given tough competition to segment leader Honda City and has comprehensively beaten other cars in the segment, including Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento. In fact, over 60,000 units of the Ciaz have been sold in the country until now. The Ciaz has introduced many firsts to the segment, including the first car to offer SmartPlay infotainment system, first smart hybrid diesel car in the country, India’s most fuel-efficient diesel car at 28.09 kmpl, and safety features like dual airbags and ABS offered base variants upwards. The new Ciaz RS celebrates the brand’s success.
The Ciaz is a big, spacious and well-proportioned car. In fact, it is the biggest car in its segment. The Ciaz RS looks even bigger, and sporty. The exterior gets a spoiler pack – front under spoiler, side under spoiler, trunk lid spoiler and rear underbody spoiler – which imparts a distinct appearance to the car. The company says that the spoiler pack even enhances the aerodynamics of the car.
The interiors too have been slightly reworked, including new sporty black interiors and a stylish grey chrome finish instrument panel.
The RS variant has been built only on the Z+ trims, so you get all the features available in Z+ in the RS. The engines are the same: 1.4-litre petrol (ZXi+ RS) and 1.3-litre diesel (ZDi+ SHVS RS).
While the petrol engine is the same that has been powering the Ciaz ever since the car was launched last year, the diesel is the new ‘mild’ hybrid SHVS introduced a couple of months ago.
SHVS, short for Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid Technology, gets features such as power assist, brake energy regeneration, idle engine start-stop and gear-shift indicator to get the maximum out of the diesel fuel.