Suzuki Auto South Africa is continuing the expansion of its passenger car range with the launch of the all-new Ciaz – a streamlined, authentic four-door sedan exuding a contemporary, upmarket design language, with a spacious interior and high equipment levels to match.
The Ciaz allows Suzuki to compete in the popular compact sedan segment for the first time, and thus extending its potential reach to include customers seeking a larger sedan than the Swift DZire, while still enjoying the fuel economy, safety, quality and affordability that have become synonymous with the Suzuki brand.
The new Ciaz is generously proportioned, with an extended wheelbase and wide tracks front and rear resulting in stable road manners, refined handling, and a spacious interior with ample room for front and rear occupants.
Offered in a choice of two specification levels – GL and GLX – the new Ciaz is comprehensively equipped. Even the more affordable GL benefits from extensive comfort and convenience features.
These include comprehensive instrumentation, a digital multifunction trip computer, electric windows front and rear, and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors with integrated turn indicators. Also on the list are remote central locking, a multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate-control air-conditioning with rear vents, and a six-speaker audio system with CD player and integrated Bluetooth.
Powering the new Suzuki Ciaz is the latest, updated version of Suzuki’s proven K14B four-cylinder engine. Featuring 16 valves, multipoint fuel injection and variable valve timing, the 1 373 cc unit combines eager power delivery with fuel-saving efficiency.
Maximum power output is 70 kW at 6 000 r/min, coupled to a torque peak of 130 Nm at 4 000 r/min. The engine delivers its output to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, but a four-speed automatic transmission is an added cost option on the GLX model.
Combined cycle fuel consumption comes to between 5,4 and 5,5 litres/100 km, depending on model, with CO2 emissions levels of 125 and 131 g/km respectively.
Safety is comprehensively addressed in both active and passive terms. ABS anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency braking assistance (EBA) are standard, as are dual front airbags, inertia reel seatbelts front and rear, and integrated alarm/immobiliser and childproof rear door locks.
Unmistakably Suzuki, the Ciaz has a smooth, streamlined shape that expresses the new sedan’s wind-cheating aerodynamics. A steeply raked windscreen links the smooth contours of the bonnet on the one side to the curved arc of the roofline on the other.
While both the GL and GLX offer comprehensive colour coding, the GLX gets chromed door handles, chrome trim to emphasise the side glass aperture, and chrome detailing on the bootlid. The wheels are 15-inch steel rims with full wheel covers for the GL version, and 16-inch alloys for the GLX models.
Efficient packaging makes the most of the space on offer, with ample head, leg and shoulder room both front and rear, while top-notch materials, upmarket finishes and an extensive array of standard features all conspire to offer a cabin that’s a cut above.
Smart cloth upholstery is standard on the GL, while the GLX gets genuine leather for an even more luxurious look and feel.
The instrument binnacle is neatly framed by the multifunction steering wheel, which is equipped with controls for the audio system, and Bluetooth-based hands-free telephony.
The Ciaz has one of the biggest boots in its class, offering 495 litres of luggage space. The boot is accessed via large bootlid that opens down to bumper level for easy access.
Equipment levels are generous, even on the GL specification: luxury features such as electric windows and exterior mirrors, remote central locking, automatic climate-control air-conditioning with front and rear vents, and a six-speaker sound system with FM/AM tuner, CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and both USB and stereo analogue jacks, are standard across all models.
The same goes for safety: the Ciaz is equipped with a front disc/rear drum ABS anti-lock braking system, featuring emergency brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency braking assistance (EBA).
The passive safety equipment array includes dual front airbags, inertia reel seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters in front, side impact protection beams in the doors, and child proof child locks for the rear doors.
The most affordable member of the line-up is the Suzuki Ciaz 1.4 GL Manual – but there is nothing entry-level about this model, thanks to a comprehensive array of standard features.
Exterior traits include a chrome-finished grille, colour-coded door handles and exterior mirrors, front and rear mud flaps, and green-tinted windows. As already mentioned, the GL gets 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers.
The extensive list of standard comfort and convenience features starts off with electric windows and exterior mirrors, as well as remote central locking, and climate control air-conditioning.
Also on that list is a six-speaker audio system with FM/AM tuner, CD player, and Bluetooth streaming, as well a USB socket, an analogue auxiliary input, and a 12V accessory socket. Bluetooth also allows the pairing of a compatible mobile phone, and Bluetooth-based telephony.
Safety and security features include dual front airbags, inertial reel seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, side impact door beams, ABS brakes with EBD and EBA, an alarm/immobiliser, and child-proof locks.
The Suzuki Ciaz 1.4 GLX Manual is mechanically identical to the GL versions, and also offers all the standard features outlined above. However, these are augmented with some additional traits and features.
Externally, the most obvious difference is the fitment of 16-inch alloy wheels instead of the 15-inch steel rims, while fog lamps are located in the front bumper’s low-mounted apertures.
Additional chrome finishes are applied to the bottom edge of the side windows, and the boot lid, while the door handles also boast a chrome finish. The exterior mirrors remain electrically adjustable, but gain a folding function.
Inside, the GL’s cloth upholstery is replaced with genuine leather. The multifunction steering wheel also gains leather trim, while the black accents around the shift lever gate, the instrument panel, the air vents and the door panels are replaced with satin-look finishes.
Unique to the GLX is an overhead console with a sunglasses holder. The driver’s seat gains height adjustment, while keyless entry is augmented by a start button, instead of a key-operated ignition switch.
Finally, the Suzuki Ciaz GLX Automatic is identical to its manual stablemate in every respect, with the only difference the use of a four-speed automatic transmission instead of a manual gearbox.