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Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Performance & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Overview

The race track is both the best and the worst place to test cars. Before you can begin to test a car on the tarmac, the track is already testing your ego. So, even if you get on to the track with a honed instinct to understand the car at hand, you have subliminally let that take a back seat by the time you are tackling the first corner. Often, it is a fight to keep the challenge going even as you weigh both your and the machine’s limitations. Check for Car Loan Interest calculator.

That is exactly how it seemed when I was peering through the windscreen of the new Baleno Rs. I was at the Buddh International Circuit, the F1 circuit in Greater Noida just a few hours after the official launch of the Baleno Rs. Maruti Suzuki’s first honest attempt at a hot hatch is barely track ready, but the race track doesn’t discriminate. It is up to the driver to avoid getting distracted and focus on the task at hand. I was shaken out of that distraction when I was into my third lap. By that time it was already clear that the Baleno Rs. is not really meant for the track, but it was such good fun nonetheless.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Design

The Baleno RS doesn’t look vastly different from the Baleno, yet it has a distinct personality. Changes include a new front mesh grille in chrome, bold front bumper, underbody spoilers married with black sports alloy wheels, and the signature RS emblem on the rear door.

While these changes give the car a rebel-like personality, the front mesh grille in chrome appears a bit too flashy for a car this sporty.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Cabin

Maruti hasn’t changed anything on the interior of the Baleno RS as compared to thestandard car. You still get the all-black dashboard with silver accents on the centre console and a large touchscreen that gets Apple CarPlay and Navigation as standard. The Baleno RS also comes with a torque/power output readout in the instrument cluster that is always a cool thing to look at (and try to max out) while driving.

A sportier seat package or even leather interiors would have been welcomed by buyers – even if it meant spending a bit extra. And if not that, maybe a RS logo, or contrast stitching on the seats, or even red accents would have helped create a signature.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Performance

The Boosterjet 1.0 is one of the two engines Suzuki produces in the Boosterjet series, the other being the more powerful 1.4 l unit. The 998 cc, three-cylinder engine on the Baleno RS is a direct injection turbo engine that produces around 100 hp of peak power and 150 Nm of torque. The Boosterjet 1 l engine is claimed to deliver 20 % more power and 30 % more torque compared to a regular 1.2 l naturally aspirated petrol engine.

There are technical advances that enhance the performance quotient on the Boosterjet engine – at the core of the engine lie the direct injection system that delivers fuel at pressures of about 200 bar into the cylinders, giving the engine very efficient combustible air-fuel mixture that help reduce fuel consumption as well as emissions. In a DI engine, to quickly create an air fuel mixture inside the cylinder, the fuel to be injected must be atomised. Additionally, the shape of the intake ports and the pistons are optimised to generate a stronger tumble flow.

The turbocharger, on the other hand, utilises the energy of the exhaust gases to drive the turbines and force feed the compressed air into the cylinders. The result is not only output equivalent to an engine of much greater displacement, but also high torque at low revs. The turbine runs at around 200,000 rpm and this result in an output that is equivalent to the output of a much larger engine, , explained CV Raman, Executive Director (Engineering), MSIL Check for Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS in Kmindia

Some of the other highlights of the compact and lightweight engine include reduced friction timing chain, short port intake manifold, roller rocker follower with hydraulic lash adjustor, a dual relief oil pump, and integrated exhaust manifold. From a performance perspective, the first thing we noticed was the ease at which the engine builds power. There is no visible lag, as the engine revs quickly through to the peak rpm limit. We could push the car to a maximum speed of around 162 km/h on the back straight at BIC, and at all times NVH levels on the engine was refined, albeit with a constant humming, yet not-so-unpleasant noise. Transmission on the Baleno RS is the same 5-speed manual unit found on the regular Baleno hatchback.

Now, the Boosterjet engine that is available globally delivers around 170 Nm of torque and 85 kW, or approximately 14 hp of additional power compared to the one launched in India. The engine has actually been detuned to cope with the poor quality of fuel available in our country at the moment. Most vehicles in India today run on petrol with octane rating of 91, while the European-spec Boosterjet needs to run on 95 octane rating petrol. One of the key parameters for petrol is the octane number, which essentially is a measure of its resistance to knock.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Safety

The Baleno RS has been launched in a single variant – Alpha – and it complies with top-notch safety norms. Dual airbags, ABS, seatbelt with pre-tensioners and force limiters add to the safety quotient of the car, which has been tested at the company’s R&D centre in Rohtak and meets future pedestrian safety, side impact and frontal offset impact regulations.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Riding

Maruti Suzuki says that the Baleno RS is ideally made for the highways, where you’d love to cruise all day in three digits. And, the Baleno RS will easily maintain 90kmph at just over 2,000 rpm in fifth gear, and will willingly go into the 100s with a gentle tap on the throttle. It also crosses the 150kmph mark with ease, and highway runs in this car will be engaging for sure.

As the Baleno RS gets a fatter band of torque and the gearing to make the most of it, it felt more comfortable at higher speeds as it was running at relatively lower revs. So, while the highway runs will be more exciting in the RS, it won’t be surprising if the Baleno RS turns out to be more frugal than the Baleno despite the added performance.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 10,18,264 to 10,18,264 for variants Baleno RS 1.0L and Baleno RS 1.0L respectively. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs is available in 1 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Baleno RS price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Verdict

There is a lot to like about the Baleno RS. It’s powerful, hugely spacious and by all means, a genuinely affordable performance hatch. The fact that it’s fairly efficient and backed by the most trusted brand in the business also helps its cause. However, it’s somewhat disappointing that Maruti hasn’t worked on the interior one bit and done little to spruce up the exterior look.

So if you are after the boy racer looks and want your performance hatch to stand out, perhaps the Fiat Abarth Punto is a better choice but be prepared to fork out at least Rs 80,000 extra for it. As it stands, the Baleno RS is an understated performance hatch but in the larger scheme of things, an accomplished all-rounder, indeed.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

The Maruti Swift has been recalled by the company for a faulty airbag controller unit. 566 units of the Swift manufactured between 7th May 2018 and 5th July 2018 will be recalled for inspection and necessary action, thereafter. Owners of these cars shall be contacted directly by Maruti Suzuki dealers for an inspection. The replacement, if any, will be free of cost, starting today. Customers can also visit the company website and log in their chassis number to check if they are affected by this recall.

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The new Swift is an extremely popular car. It was the fastest car to cross 100,000 bookings, within less than two months of its price announcement. The bookings went to a record high. The waiting period has come down drastically and the car is available within 1-2 months time, depending upon the variant. Read further to know more about the 2018 Maruti Swift. Maruti Suzuki Swift On road price starts from 5,34,544/-. Check for price details of Maruti Suzuki Swift in CarzPrice

Maruti Suzuki Swift Design

The Swift and the Dzire have been near identical twins in the past in terms of their frontal appearance, with only minor differences in the grille design. The new Swift 2018 too follows suit. The headlamps, for example, are exactly the same. The bonnet and the front fenders too, are designed in a similar fashion. But, this time around, that’s where the similarities end.

While both the Swift and the Dzire get a hexagonal front grille, the one on the Swift is bigger and doesn’t get any chrome outline. As a result, the Swift looks less bulky and more aggressive. The design of the front bumper of the Swift is also different when compared to the Dzire. While both the cars get round fog lamps, the Swift gets a thinner air dam that runs across the bumper merging with the fog lamp housings on both sides which adds a touch of sportiness.

A concealed rear door handle makes the Swift look like a 3-door hatch from the side. It does give it a clean look but it’s not the most conveniently positioned door handle.The blacked out A-pillar on the new Swift is quite upright in comparison to the new Dzire, where it is more raked and body-coloured. So both these cars look dissimilar in profile now, as against their previous generations.

The Swift never looked as good from the rear as it looks now. The proportions of the rear windscreen to the metal (on the hatch) to the plastic (bumper) appear just right now with no ungainly mass. The Swift also happens to be the first car under Maruti Suzuki Arena to not get variant badging anywhere. There’s only the DDiS insignia on the front fender of the diesel version.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cabin

We got a preview of the new Swift with the new Dzire that launched in 2017 – this can be said, to an extent, about the exterior as well, but really, it’s the interior that’s far more similar. The big difference is that it’s all black, rather than beige-and-black, and the somewhat tacky-looking faux wood has been replaced by simpler, more convincing grey plastic. We understand the sporty appeal of the all-black colour scheme, but we feel a little more brightwork, even if in the form of plastic trim would have livened up the somewhat drab ambiance. Still, there are a few more cool, new bits, like the circular central AC vents and the big rotary controls for the climate control, which operate with a solid, well-damped feel. Finally, there is a new instrument cluster with twin hooded binnacles for the speedo and tacho and red-ringed highlights. Sadly, the Dzire’s rather basic-looking central multi-info display returns; we were hoping for the Baleno’s high-res screen.

The equipment and additions, predictably, more-or-less mirror the additions we saw on the new Dzire. In the top Z+ cars, front and centre is the 7.0-inch SmartPlay touchscreen, and as with all the cars in the range, it gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and its own integrated navigation system too. There’s auto climate control, auto headlamps, a rear-view camera, voice commands, keyless entry and go, LED projector headlamps and daytime running lamps. It’s a little disappointing that the automatic versions aren’t available in this top trim, as the Z trim they are available in misses out on some desirable equipment, like the touchscreen, rear-view camera and LED lamps (just plain-looking halogens here). Still, it still gets more than just the basics though. What is nice, however, is the focus on safety; all Swifts get dual airbags, ABS, seatbelt pretensioners and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard, and Maruti says it complies with all current Indian crash test norms.

When it comes to space and comfort, the front half of the cabin, again, is identical to the Dzire’s. The seats are large and well contoured, but you realise soon enough into your drive that they’re cushioned a bit too softly, which could get uncomfortable for some over long distances. The driver’s seat is height adjustable though, and the sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel is tilt-adjustable too. While frontal visibility is good, rearward visibility is significantly hampered by the thick C-pillars; another reason we wish the rear-view camera was offered on lower trims. Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift in aryavarta.co.in  

In the back, the new car has opened up a lot more space, which is welcome, as the previous cars were seriously lacking in this respect. Legroom and headroom, though perhaps not class leading, are vastly improved now, although shoulder room will still be a tad tight for three. But that old Swift bugbear of making you feel a bit hemmed in returns, thanks to the relatively small rear windows, and this is only made worse by those stylish, high-mounted outside door handles, whose housings eat into the glass area.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

The engines remain the same in the Swift, but it now has a lighter chassis. This has a positive effect on the performance of the current engines and also to the fuel efficiency of the car. 2018 Maruti Swift’s major seller will be the 1.2-litre petrol K-Series engine. This is the most powerful in its segment and also fun to drive. The lighter body weight delivers better performance. It is difficult for competition to beat the Swift petrol in terms of its performance. It is quiet. There is no noise or vibrations at low or even high engine speeds. This is a gem of an engine indeed. There could be a Swift RS, but we aren’t sure when. Maruti could introduce it much later on.

The diesel is a 1.3-litre unit. This segment has been moving towards petrol for the last few years. However, the 2018 Swift diesel will be a good seller still. Many consider it to be a good option even now. Also in smaller towns, people still prefer the diesel version. This engine has decent NVH, and it has good enough noise evident. The insulation is ok and still you can hear the engine at 3,000rpm. The 2018 Maruti Swift will have more than sufficient performance in both, just that the petrol will have better performance. The light body weight makes the engines perform even better.

All Maruti’s rank high in terms of fuel efficiency. The petrol and the diesel engines have good efficiency. The petrol engine in manual avatar will return 13km/l in the city, AMT will be 12km/l. The diesel manual is about 17km/l and AMT is 16km/l in the city. The power is good, but it is a bit jerky in AMT when you shift to a lower gear. Both the engines will come with 5-speed manual and AMT options. This will be another important product to top the sales chart in India.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Rideing

The new Heartect platform has worked wonders for the new Swift and it now feels more composed than ever while doing triple-digit speeds and taking curves. Although the Swift has shed some weight, it feels more planted than before in both the diesel and petrol avatars. The steering is light and it isn’t the most communicative of units, but it doesn’t feel vague and requires no idle inputs to maintain a straight line. The light steering though will be enjoyable while parking and at city speeds.What comes as a surprise is that Maruti Suzuki has resorted to a rather firm suspension setup for the third generation Swift. Except when driven over really poor roads, the relatively stiffly sprung Swift feels more confident and very controlled on the road. Over very rough surfaces, you feel the thuds clearly in the cabin. By no means is the ride uncomfortable, but it isn’t as supple as the Baleno either.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

Safety features for the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 include dual front airbags, ABS along with EBD, Isofix child seat, brake assist and others. The braking duties are handled by the disc brakes towards the front along with the drum brakes towards the rear end.The new Swift will be available in 4 variants – L, V, Z, and Z+. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, front seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, and Isofix child seat anchors are standard across the variant lineup. AMT will be available in the V and Z variants only. The top Z+ variant of the Swift gets the following features:

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in India ranges from 5,34,544 to 9,44,180 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in .India. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Swift Verdict

The waiting period at some locations has already gone up to six months. You see, the Swift may have lost some of the original’s fun and funky DNA, notably in the dynamics department, but that hasn’t stopped buyers from lapping it up. Yes, that’s because of how strong the Swift name is, but also because, lifeless steering aside, it’s just a great hatchback. It’s got the look, for one, and that’s a big enough selling point on its own. But then it’s also got a long equipment list, good space and, crucially, a bigger boot too. It’s worth noting that it’s probably not best in class in any of these areas, but it’s close enough. We do wish, however, that Maruti gave the lower variants a bit more kit to make them look and feel a little more special. That the new Swift will be a success is practically a given, but what you need to know is that this time around, when it comes to those inherent Swift traits, sharp handling has been replaced by something else, and that’s a certain big-car maturity that’s new to the brand.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

Call it a hatchback cum SUV or a blend of crossover and hatchback, Maruti Suzuki Ignis is a sub-4 meter vehicle serving as one of the most popular models in company’s portfolio. Maruti Suzuki India has tagged Ignis as the premium urban compact car. Before its launch everybody thought that Ignis is the premium car but soon all the opinions became thwarted as it came out to be one of the most affordable cars being sold via premium NEXA showroom. Maruti Ignis is built on the same platform that underpins the Boleno. A funky crossover, Maruti Ignis is an interesting vehicle mainly designed for the youth with attractive looks, premium interiors, advanced features, powerful and fuel efficient engine, all packed in reasonable price tag. Maruti Suzuki Ignis price range in India is between 4,67,464/-to 7,66,301/, check for detail pricing of Maruti Suzuki Ignis in Carzprice

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Design

The first thing one would notice is the unconventional design language! The LED projector headlamps with a U-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps will ask for a second glance. Mated to the black and chrome grille, the Suzuki logo, as well as the large front bumper give the compact crossover a front fascia that hasn’t been usually seen on a Maruti Suzuki car, the Baleno and Ciaz being the exceptions here. Move to the side and there the 15-inch alloy wheel, available on the Zeta and Alpha trims with 175/65 section rubber add to the raised stance of the vehicle. The strong shoulder line with a large glass area clearly states that this is no conventional hatchback, but a compact crossover which cannot be missed. The only odd looking part (for some) in the Ignis is the three slats on the C-pillar.

The rear is where the company follows its simple design language, but with a dash of earthy design and the large tail lamps with the number plate housing, exude it. And it’s not that the Ignis can be purchased in just a fixed set of exterior colours. The car can be customised according to each buyer’s taste and Maruti Suzuki would do it, at an additional cost. So, no voiding warranty and you also give a unique character to your car.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cabin

The Maruti Ignis interior is finished in dual-tone Black and Ivory shades. The illuminated instrument cluster with carbon fibre texture on louvers and speedometer is delightful. The infotainment system gets smartphone connectivity experience with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link – a first-in-segment feature! It is the first car in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio to offer Android Auto feature, which enables the occupants to connect their Smartphone with the infotainment, hence make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music and audio books. In addition, Android Auto also helps in getting real-time traffic update via Google Navigation and access to other supported apps.

Maruti Ignis comes with decent cabin space for the occupants. The headroom and leg room for the front and rear occupants is praiseworthy. The boot capacity at 265 litre is also acceptable and it can be extended with 60:40 rear split. The cockpit-styled AC Panel, AC switches and EDM-inspired illumination in the speedometer are a few fresh things that Ignis offers.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance

The car is powered by tried and tested 1.2L K-series petrol unit which produces 83PS and 113Nm of max torque. The same engine is working quite well in other Maruti cars including Swift, Baleno and Dzire and the performance feels no different. The powertrain is refined and smooth and loves to be revved hard. At time it can be a blast to drive too, thanks to the low kerb weight at 865kgs.

Further, the 5-speed manual gearbox is slick to operate with the light clutch promoting the positive action. The engine is punchy enough in the low and mid-range which makes it potter in and around the city quite swiftly. Having said that, it is easy to leave the engine soaring between 1000-2000 rpm when commuting within city premises. Coming to the automatic transmission, the AMT does the job right job of swapping gears. In fact, the response time of the downshifts is much better in certain situations.

There is also a manual mode but that is ideal only in relaxed driving mood since the logic of the gearbox keeps you in search for power and left you waiting till the response comes. But what one would need to get accustomed at times is that the car pounces forward even if you have put your foot off the throttle while turbo spooling continues to feed the powertrain. At highway driving as well, the AMT seems to be more comfortable as the driver builds up speed in moderate manner. This means comfortable cruise with the occupants having smoother experience.

Now, in a fuel-efficiency sensitive segment, the Ignis being light (maximum kerb weight of kg) has a claimed mileage figure of 20.68 kmpl for the petrol and 26.9 kmpl for the diesel variants. In our short drive, the system indicated that for each litre of fuel, the petrol covered approximately 14 km and the diesel crossed 17 km easily. Compared to the real-world scenario and when compared in its segment, these numbers are reasonable and light on the owner’s pocket.Fuel economy figures of Ignis falls in the more than acceptable range. The car gives ARAI certified mileage of 20.89kmpl which is still good when we put it to compare with the rivals.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Rideing

If there is one compromise that a car with a tall stance has to do with better ground clearance, it is the ride and handling bit. The handling is neutral and during our short test, the suspension setup was neutral. Over normal curves, there is a little body roll, but nothing is unsettling and on straight highways, the stability is impressive. There is ample feedback from the electric power steering on the highway as well as the in the city. Since most of our driving included commuting through urban areas with a little high-speed use, it is safe to say that the ride and handling is one of the better-tuned ones in its segment.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

The car features disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. They are good but performance is not exceptional, however, in hard braking conditions, the vehicle doesn’t feel unnerved to stop in a straight line. The car can do better if fitted with wider set of tyres. ABS which is standard comes to rescue only in hard braking conditions, especially in emergency.Other standard fitment includes dual airbags, ISOFIX rear child seat mount, speed sensing auto door lock and driver seat belt reminder. Other key features include rear parking sensors with rear parking camera, rear defogger and rear wiper. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 4,67,464/- (Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT) to 7,66,301/- (Ignis 1.3 Alpha MT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ignis from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Verdict

At the launch event, Maruti Suzuki’s head honcho announced that Ignis had received nearly 6000 bookings in the fortnight prior to the launch. This automatically shows the faith of Indian buyers in a Maruti product, and Maruti Ignis, with its salient features, sufficiently good ride quality and belligerent pricing, won’t disappoint the buyers. In all, it is an excellent product developed for city driving, pre-dominantly.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine & Test Drive

Maruti Ertiga Overview

The first generation Maruti Ertiga tasted huge success, thanks to its sheer practicality, fuel efficient engines and a compact silhouette that could seated 7 passengers. The pricing too was quite attractive and competitive. Since its six years of existence, Ertiga has managed to create a success story of its own, making it one of the popular MPVs among others. So, to continue with the same spree, Maruti Suzuki introduced the second-gen model of Ertiga with the competitive pricing, more comfort features and fresh set of engine options. The new Ertiga comes with the all-new design along with an all-new Heartect platform. Just by looking at the new MPV one can say that it’s a better car as compared to its older model. The second-gen Ertiga do offers extra to the buyers with new design and advanced features while retaining its value proposition by competitive pricing.  Maruti Ertiga On road price starts from 6,44,625/-. Check for price details of Maruti Ertiga in CarzPrice.

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Maruti Ertiga Design

The all-new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has a fresh design and it only takes a short glance to realise this. The highlight is the front, which looks straight out of a car and looks good. The chrome studded grille is a first for this price-segment and has been done tastefully to give the vehicle a premium look. Flanking the grille on either sides are sleek headlamp units with projectors that not only bring some sharpness to the design but provide good illumination as well. Tie all these up with a new hood and smart looking bumper and what you get is a front that is no longer boring to look at but has some desirable elements too.

From the side, the new Maruti Ertiga leaves a long impression on your eyes and that’s because it is longer than its predecessor. However, the strong shoulder line running from the tail lamp up to the front accentuates the length and the new alloy wheels also play a considerable part in offsetting the visual fatigue of length. Similar to the front, the rear is completely new and it’s the vertically-stacked tail lamps that take the center stage here. Yes, they are similar to Volvo SUVs but that’s only a good thing on a Maruti. The sharp lines on the boot lid and the bumper compliment the overall design further and make the new Ertiga a good vehicle to look at from the front and rear.

Overall, the biggest change for me in terms of design in the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the fact that it no longer is a bland-looking MPV. Instead, it looks younger, smart and appealing, which should make it appealing to young buyers, something the previous Ertiga wasn’t good at.

Maruti Ertiga Cabin

The cabin is the place where there are more chances of sealing the deal. And since Ertiga is known for its sheer practicality, it would be better to start with the practical aspects of the car. The interior beige interiors lends a sense of roominess inside augmented by massive glass area so much so that one would find it difficult to differentiate between a windshield and the second row door window. All the three rows can be reclined along with adjustable headrests functionality, and this comes as standard. Pretty cool!

Egress especially for the elderly would be more convenient as the floorpan is quite low and the middle door looks like a gate. Coming to the cabin space, each row can absorb adults, even 6-footers but the second row is little constricted but still usable, however. While comparing to the older Ertiga, there is not much difference in terms of space in the first and second row, but the third row does have improved shoulder, head and kneeroom. This also makes the second generation Ertiga more of a true 7-seater MPV. Even the third rowers will get some benefit from the ergonomically placed rear AC blower at the second row.

This brings us to the quality of the auto AC unit which is fortunately doesn’t look like an aftermarket fitment while the AC vents are styled like those we have seen in Audi cars. The SmartPlay infotainment unit is the same unit working in other Maruti cars and it works pretty well. Then there is solid looking flat-bottomed steering wheel with smoothly finished wooden inserts reflects the effort of the carmaker towards making a special car. The dashboard is fresh unlike the earlier one which was a straight lift from Swift. Though, the interiors of the car are upmarket, the plastic quality is average and it’s nothing great when it comes to fit and finish.

The ‘second generation’ tag comes with some speciality and it can be seen in first in class ventilated cupholders, colour multi-information display and 12V charging sockets for all the three rows. The new MID with coloured TFT which is also working in the new Ciaz features tachometer and gives relevant vehicle information including gear shift indicator, digital clock, outside temperature, distance to empty and fuel consumption. The car also get a big boot space of 209L with all the seats occupied while folding third and second row can expand the boot space to 550L and 803L respectively. The third row also has reclining feature that allows you to adjust between the passenger comfort and luggage space. For extra space, the carmaker has given two cubbies underneath the boot floor, enough for a backpack of a toddler.

Though the car is feature loaded with aspects such as push engine start/stop switch, electrically adjustable/foldable ORVM and automatic climate control, there are some misses. The car does not have auto headlamps, no steering reach adjustment while the cruise control is also missing, may be the company wanted to keep the price tag within the reach of the middle income families. Overall, the carmaker has done a pretty decent job in enhancing the cabin comfort and space in the new Ertiga.

Maruti Ertiga Performance

In terms of engine and gearbox, the biggest change in the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the inclusion of a new 1.5 litre petrol engine, which we saw making its debut in new Ciaz. In is in similar state of tune it develops 104 hp and 138 Nm of torque. This engine also comes with the updated SHVS technology, which we saw in Ciaz and this comes with lithium-ion battery, resulting in higher output and efficiency. The system stores braking energy and it uses it back at the time of acceleration which Maruti Suzuki terms as a Torque Assist. This results in improved fuel-efficiency. This was a short drive but we’ll soon do a detailed test of the car to find its real-world efficiency.

The motor is quite smooth to start with and has adequate power to move around the vehicle with ease. Even on the highways while overtaking the long trailers there is enough power on tap. The other engine option is the tried and tested 1.3 litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox only. In terms of noise vibration and harshness levels the insulation isn’t exceptionally good and it isn’t bad as well so it is at a point where sound that filters into the cabin will not bother you but a slight improvement could have been made as far as the decibel levels are concerned.

The 5-speed manual gearbox works well it is paired well to the engine and the automatic transmission also does a good job but is primarily aimed at someone looking at urban use. Gearshifts happen at a reasonably good pace but the lack of any option to shift manually is a miss.

Maruti Ertiga Rideing

Maruti Suzuki are the masters in suspension tuning and it’s no different with the Ertiga new model. The ride at slow city speeds is comfortable and the suspension soaks up most bumps with complete aplomb. As speeds rise, the suspension manages to feel planted and reassuring. The steering has decent feedback too. This car errs on the side of comfort so don’t expect it to be an adroit handler. But also remember that MPVs are meant for comfort and so the steering feedback is in line with that. There is generous body roll around corners but it is always under control.

Maruti Ertiga Safety

The brakes are progressive and have considered bite force. And the icing on the cake is that the carmaker has further bolstered the braking mechanism by adding ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as part of standard fitment package. Other standard features include ISOFIX child seat anchorage in the second row, rear parking sensors and high speed alert system.Move up in the variant list and you will find options such as ESP, Hill Hold Assist, front seat belt height adjuster, front fog lamps and reverse parking camera.

Maruti Ertiga Price

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 6,44,625/- (Ertiga LXI) to 10,51,922/- (Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Ertiga Verdict

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes out as a winner when looked at from an overall perspective and has a lot of good things going for it. It’s got a good looking design, spacious cabin, good features, a smart infotainment system and it drives and rides well too. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is priced between Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 10.90 lakh and is nicely feature packed across the variant range. Right now the vehicle has no direct competition although it is being compared to the Mahindra Marazzo. However, keep in mind Marazzo is not a direct rival to Ertiga. It is a vehicle from different segment a slightly more premium vehicle and till the time the new Ertiga has no direct rival it is going to enjoy good sales and will build further on the success of the older model.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Performance & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview

Think of a Baleno and the first picture that comes to my mind is the yellow rally car jumping really high up in the air. In fact Team OVERDRIVE’s very own Suresh captured the famous click more than a decade back. Production ended a few years later and the Baleno went on to become a cult car. It still is used in rallying – even I experienced one in the INRC and till date, it remains one of my best rally car experiences. Maruti Suzuki makes very different cars today, but they’ve brought back the Baleno label in the form of an all-new premium hatchback. Maruti Suzuki Baleno price range in India is between 5,27,570/- to 8,46,177/, check for detail pricing of Baleno in Carzprice

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Maruti Suzuki finally re-enter this segment. They did start the segment by introducing the Swift way back in 2005. The car was replaced with an all-new model but over the years, the car had lost that premium feel. The i20 and Jazz are a lot more appealing and have proved that larger and more expensive hatchbacks do well in India too. The new Baleno in a way is a larger and more premium Swift. It is Maruti Suzuki’s answer to Honda and Hyundai. The car was very recently premiered in Frankfurt and is now ready to go on sale in India.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Design

When Maruti decided to segregate its premium range from the usual, it made sure the difference is conspicuous in the look, feel and experience. Baleno is a chic hatchback that gets a contemporary design on the lines of rivals. Reminiscent of Swift, front features honey-comb mesh grille with sleek chrome surrounding meeting with the projector head lamps. Lower side of bumper has air-dams and fog lamps. View from side is pretty impressive too, the tapering widow glass, prominent beltline, flared wheel arches and slightly sloping roof add to the overall appeal. Get to the back and you realise how much attention Maruti has paid to the design of the car. The protruding boot make things stand out for Baleno, other key styling elements like chrome garnish beneath the raking wind-screen, pointed spoiler and well-shaped tail lamps further accentuate the chic tail.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cabin

Honestly, car wasn’t very impressed with the interior when we first saw it at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month. And Maruti executives confirmed that the cars given to us in India are closer to production, which explains why it seems a lot more likeable now. The smart all-black cabin looks upmarket and sporty, but there are plenty of parts carried forward from other Maruti Suzuki models, which steals some of the freshness away. We expected the premium-positioned Baleno to use some soft plastic parts on the dashboard and maybe leather upholstery options, which could have made the cabin even better. Apart from this there’s not much to complain about, as the fit and finish is pretty decent for the segment.

The front seats are large, comfortable and well bolstered. Thankfully, the driver’s seat is height-adjustable, which helps get a good driving position. In fact, the tilt and reach adjustable steering further helps this cause. The icing on the cake is the positioning of the switches and buttons, all of which are well within reach, making the cabin ergonomically sound.As desired in this segment, the cabin is spacious and there’s plenty of space at the back too. What’s most impressive is the excellent knee room for the rear seat passengers – something Maruti car buyers were always left desiring more for until now. India being a predominantly chauffeur-driven country, this will not go unnoticed. There’s a spacious boot too, with a very useable 339 litres of storage space.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Performance

In terms of engine options, the Baleno gets the same proven 1.2-litre K-Series and DDiS DOHC motors. The petrol engine is peppy and rev happy. Power delivery is linear and throttle response is fantastic too. The international Baleno gets the new 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet engine but there is still some time before this new motor makes it to India. The lower kerb weight, however, should make the car slightly quicker than the Swift. The 5-speed gearbox offers precise and positive shifts and is a delight to use. There’s also a CVT option offered for the first time in a Maruti Suzuki hatchback in India. The typical rubberband effect exists and is a pain when you put your foot down on the accelerator. It’s a typical CVT, so it works best in city and when driven at half throttle on the highway. Triple digit speeds come at 1,500rpm so one doesn’t have to give it the beans to extract decent performance from the engine. The fuel efficiency claimed is a best in class 21.4kmpl.

The DDiS unit used doesn’t feature a VGT, so power output is not 90PS but 75PS instead. While the motor offers good driveability and best in class claimed efficiency (27.39kmpl), the more powerful motor seen in the Ciaz and S-Cross would have made it more appealing. Besides, rivals like the i20 and Jazz produce more power. That aside, the engine is refined but engine clatter and noise are slightly on the higher side. NVH levels, however, are lower than the Swift. The 5-speed transmission is tuned well and makes good use of the 190Nm torque.Fuel economy for diesel engine is rated at 27.39 km/l and petrol trims are claimed to deliver 21.4 km/l. The light body weight infers good power to weight ratio which reflects in the performance both in terms of fuel efficiency and while on the go.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rideing

Another highlight of the Baleno is its ride. The suspension is set up well for Indian roads. The car doesn’t crash into potholes or bad surfaces and instead, glides over them. There’s also 170mm of ground clearance. We drove over a few bad surfaces and never once did the belly scrape. The steering feel is a lot like the Swift. The electric setup is light at low speeds and weighs up slightly as speeds increase. There is body roll but is controlled and never a concern. High speed stability is impressive though. The new platform is lighter (kerb weight is just 865-910kg, depending on the variant) and more rigid than the Swift’s but that doesn’t make it a better handler. The Baleno is still a good choice when it comes to dynamics especially when compared to its rivals.The Baleno is an international model for Suzuki and is based on an all-new platform, which will underpin future Maruti models including the next generation Swift. In spite of being larger than the current Swift, the Baleno is 100kg lighter and said to be 10 per cent stronger. This not just helps it meet the stringent European safety norms, but also offers excellent power to weight ratio.

The ride quality of the new Baleno is far superior to any of the recent models launched by Maruti Suzuki in India. In fact, we could go so far as to say that it is probably the best. It rides with a certain poise and confidence, and seemed extremely surefooted on the Jaipur highway. The steering is light and reasonably communicative, more in tune for city use. It’s a large car, but there’s hardly any bodyroll or wallowing. Brakes, too, are good for their job, with ABS and EBD ensuring it stops quickly and safely.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Safety

Dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger and ABS with EBD are standard across variants. The only feature that is exquisite to the top-spec variant is the reverse parking camera. Other eminent equipment aboard include anti-theft security system, front disc brakes, dual horn, auto head lamps, front fog lamps, front seat with belt pre-tensioners and force limiters, pinch guard power window for driver, auto dimming IRVM, driver side seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, rear wiper and washer and rear defogger.View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

On the outside, Baleno gets body coloured door handles in lower trims and chrome finished door handles on higher variants. Honey-comb front grille gets chrome accent, ORVMs come with mounted indicators, back doors get spoiler, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps with LED. Cabin gets metal finish door handles, multi information speedometer with display and leather wrapped steering wheel.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Price

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,27,570/- (Baleno Sigma Petrol) to 8,46,177/- (Baleno Alpha CVT Petrol). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Baleno from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Verdict

The Baleno offers good features but the comfort features vary with the variant. However, all trims offer standard ABS, EBD and dual-airbags. This is a good move from Maruti Suzuki and all other models should offer the same too. The car will be available in four trim levels, namely Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha in both petrol and diesel variants (For more details, read Maruti Suzuki Baleno: Variants explained). The CVT petrol is only available in the Delta (petrol) trim.The Baleno is Maruti Suzuki’s second Nexa product but that doesn’t mean the car has to be priced higher than rivals. We expect prices to be on par with the i20 and Jazz. If it is priced lower, it makes it all the better for the country’s largest carmaker. (Team OD: The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been launched in India at a rather competitive price of Rs 4.99 lakh). The Baleno has officially returned and has all it takes to get the competition worried.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Performance & Price

Maruti Celerio Overview

The Celerio might be just another hatchback from the Maruti portfolio for many. However, for the Indo-Japanese auto giant, the hatch has been a potent tool to test uncharted territories. The Celerio was hand picked to feature two crucial firsts for Maruti. The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) and Maruti’s first indigenously developed diesel motor, the DDiS 125; both first featured on the Celerio before making its way to other hatchbacks. What does the Celerio bring to the table? Let’s find out. Maruti Celerio  price range in India is between 4,23,623/- to 5,42,220/ check for detail pricing of Maruti Celerio in Carzprice

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Maruti Celerio Design

The Maruti Celerio looks similar to its petrol counterpart. The badgingg on the fender and boot mark the difference. The styling of the Celerio is mix of various elements. It has a pleasing front end with twin chrome horizontal slats. Large headlamps also add to the look. The fog lamps have chrome surrounds and the fascia looks appealing. this makes it look attractive. It is a somewhat tall boy design which is apparent when viewed from the side. The door handles are grab type ones and the crisp line adds on to the styling. The wheel well size is perfect and it doesn’t look small like the Wagon R, neither is it too big. The rear of the Maruti Celerio Diesel is nothing to talk about, but is decent with simple looking tail lamps.

Maruti Celerio Cabin

Step inside the cabin and a familiar Maruti layout welcomes you. The dual tone beige and black combination is pleasant and dull silver accents strewn across the centre console look nice and classy.The build quality of interiors has definitely gone up compared to older Marutis. However, compared to its immediate rivals such as the Tiago or the Grand i10, the quality does seem a notch lower. We believe the Celerio scores very high in terms of ergonomics; everything falls to hand very easily and is in just the right spot.

The driver’s seat on the top-spec ZXi (O) variant gets a healthy range for adjusting reach as well as height. Coupled with the rake adjustable steering, and we could get into comfortable driving position relatively easily. There’s adequate support for short trips, but we would have liked slightly more bolstering for the lower back and under thigh for the longer journeys. Also, the integrated headrests don’t support the neck , especially if you are a tall person. The view from the driver’s seat is nice since one tends to sit higher in the Celerio. However, the A-pillar is too thick, so, you will have to be careful while turning at junctions.

The steering wheel is borrowed from the Swift. It gets controls for the audio and calls, the buttons for which feel tactile. The wheel itself has a grainy texture, it isn’t wrapped in artificial leather like the Grand i10.The cluster is a three pod unit that houses a tachometer, a speedometer and a multi-function display that lets you toggle through data like average fuel economy, distance to empty and instantaneous average as well.The centre console houses an integrated music system (that supports USB, AUX and Bluetooth) in the top-trim, and flows into the manual aircon controls. Lower variants get a blank 2DIN slot to fit an aftermarket head unit. The air-con is typically Maruti, which means it is amongst the best units out there. The cabin gets cooled very quickly, and you wouldn’t have any complaints on that front.

The rear bench sits slightly higher than the front seats and is reclined backwards at a comfortable angle. The seats are rather thin, owing to which support and cushioning is average at best. The bench will accommodate two people in relative comfort. However, a third passenger at the rear will be a tight squeeze. Unlike the Grand i10, the Celerio misses out on rear AC vents, but it isn’t a deal breaker in any way.Maruti has managed to wriggle out a significant amount of space on the inside for a car that has such compact dimensions. The interior has no ground-breaking features or anything drastically different than the standard Maruti fare. However, it ticks just the right boxes to be a practical city hatchback.

Maruti Celerio Performance

The Maruti Celerio uses the same engine which powered the cars it replaces. It is the same motor which propels the Wagon R but sees some changes. The 1.0-litre K10B motor (now called K-Next) gets drive-by-wire technology (instead of a mechanical linkage), reduced friction (thanks to redesigned valve springs), high pressure injectors and low viscosity engine oil. The changes aren’t a world apart but do end up improving the performance from the car which now produces the same 68 PS of power at 200 RPM earlier. Being a 3-cylinder unit, the Celerio’s engine has its achilles heel, the NVH is very poor which is amplified by the low weight of the car, resulting in everything from the gear lever to the pedals and seats vibrating at idle (noise isn’t much though but vibes are very intrusive). What the low weight does help in is, it gives the Maruti Celerio slick performance in the city, you do however have to keep the pedal depressed at low speeds to prevent stalling in crawling traffic, specifically in first gear.

The 3-pot unit is quick to respond to throttle inputs at low speeds and moves swiftly in stop and go conditions. However like most Suzuki petrol powertrains, rev the nuts of the motor and it makes an unpleasing whine, the Celerio goes one step ahead and sounds massively coarse near the 6100 RPM redline. The car debuts an improved 5-speed gearbox which although has slick shifts, can be a bit of an effort to use till you get used to the slight stiffness. The 1.2-litre K12 engine in the Ritz and Swift would have made a world of a difference to the Celerio but Maruti Suzuki is focussed on mileage, which the smaller petrol mill will deliver in abundance. Our VBOX runs with both manual and automatic versions of the Maruti Celerio revealed the 0-100 km/hr time to be 15.05 and 15.60 seconds respectively, which is decently quick for a car with such a pint sized motor.

The A-Star was offered with an automatic but Maruti Suzuki has opted for a cost effective solution with the Celerio, which uses an automated manual transmission, technology sourced from Magneti Marelli. This transmission is shared with the manual and doesn’t have a torque converter (thereby returns the same mileage as a manual), instead it uses an ECU to control gear shifts (using actuators), eliminating the need of a physical clutch. There is a creep mode which prevents clutch wear in slow moving conditions while a hold function prevents roll back on slopes. You have the option of leaving the box in auto mode while there is a manual mode as well (slot the lever to the left) wherein you can keep the gear engaged till redline to extract the most out of this mill. The EZ Drive does make driving very convenient but is very jerky and you can feel the clutch being activated most of the time. Since this is an automated manual gearbox, there is no P mode like in traditional automatics (there is M, D, N and R modes). The company claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 km/l which is quite impressive.

Maruti Celerio Rideing

The Maruti Celerio offers a good mix of space and comfort and it is exactly like its petrol sibling. The ride is pliant and the suspension feels well balanced. It is not too stiff nor soft. The steering too is well weighted and not overly assisted like some other cars in the segment and this feels good. The clutch too feels pretty light, especially for a diesel. While the engine sound intrudes inside the cabin, it gets easily muffled with the audio system on. Overall, the driving dynamics in the Maruti Celerio are better than just acceptable. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Celerio Safety

Recently, Maruti has offered optional ABS and Airbags across all trims, which is appreciable. This is on par with what the segment offers. In the EURO NCAP tests, the top end version of Celerio scored 3 stars out of 5.The Celerio has the same features for the petrol and diesel versions. The list includes power steering, all four power windows, n dash music system, bluetooth and USB connectivity. The other features are ABS and airbag.

Maruti Celerio Price

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 4,23,623/- (Celerio LXI) to 5,42,220/- (Celerio ZXI AMT Optional). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Celerio from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Celerio Verdict

The Maruti Celerio is an improved product, compared to the A-Star whose direct replacement it is. However it isn’t a vastly improved product which makes you question why the manufacturer did not go the long haul in taking a car which bombed so miserly, to the next level. The regular manual version of the Celerio doesn’t appeal much with the EZ Drive model being the only saving grace here. By using the intelligent and cost effective option, Maruti Suzuki will offer the cheapest automatic car in India in the Celerio. Although very jerky, the ease of driving offered by the Auto Gear Shift in the Celerio is sure to appeal to those on a budget. Being a Maruti Suzuki with a vast dealership network and aggressive pricing (for the lower trims), the Celerio is bound to be a success. However if you want a manual hatchback at this price point, there are better options.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview

If there’s anything automotive history has to prove to us, it’s that it is really difficult for manufacturers to successfully cater to all the spheres of the market. Even for someone as big a giant as Maruti Suzuki, who has been at the top of the small car hill, things have gone haywire and there have been a couple of failed attempts to replicate their success stories in the highly lucrative crossover segment (Read: S-Cross and Grand Vitara).Not wanting to be left behind in what is now a genuine volume game; Maruti Suzuki have lengthened their strides to catch up to their global rivals and come up with the new Vitara Brezza – Maruti’s maiden product to be designed and developed entirely in India. Shown first at the Auto Expo last month, the VitaraBrezza is now on sale and neatly bridges the gap between Maruti’s existing hatchbacks and a couple of sedans. However, will it be able to make up for the S-Cross’ poor show in the crossover space and make a name for itself when put up against some pretty fierce competition?Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza price range in India is between 7,54,961/- to 9,94,503/, check for detail pricing of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in Carzprice

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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Design

The styling of the Maruti Vitara Brezza is quite straightforward and simple, which means typical Suzuki design language. The front grille gets a thick chrome slat connecting the two projector headlamps that integrate daytime running lights on the edges. The bumper looks sporty having honeycomb grille, faux silver skid plate and having fog lamps and blinkers placed in a neat housing. The bonnet hood is straight and flat which gives a typical SUV look along with the big wheel arches.

The dual tone colour variants really add to the visual appeal of the Vitara Brezza. Our test car had a white and blue combo that looks quite bright and fresh. The lower half of the side profile gets rugged cladding and sporty looking twin five spoke alloys. A strong crease runs across the length of the Brezza connecting the headlamps to the tail lamps. The rear profile looks well done because of the perfectly styled horizontal tail lamps, dual tone bumper with black cladding and faux skid plate. The overall silhouette of the Maruti Vitara Brezza is like an SUV and not like that of a crossover.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Cabin

On the insides too, the Vitara Brezza has got a boxy treatment with the squared off dashboard, which gets complemented with the detailing and lines on the door panels and center console. matching with the exterior color. While most of the bits like steering wheel, power window switches and the large 7-inch touchscreen are something which we have already seen on the S-Cross, the center console has a different looking rounded rectangle design, which ends up with the Auto AC controls and cup holders. The left portion of the dashboard gets two glove boxes, with the lower of the two being a cooled box.

Where the Vitara Brezza excels is the clever space management it offers. Despite being a sub four meter car, the Vitara Brezza doesn’t feel short on space, and has more than required leg room, head room and boot space of 328 liters, making it quite a spacious car. The rear seats have got the provision of 60:40 split pattern, which can be helpful in extending the boot space, while carrying additional luggage. In terms of features, the Vitara Brezza gets almost everything which we have been seeing in a car of this segment, like projector headlamps with daytime running LEDs, alloy wheels, push button start, dual airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, 7-inch touchscreen music system which gets reverse camera, navigation, voice command system and Apple Carplay, automatic climate control, cruise control, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, steering wheel with audio, bluetooth and cruise control buttons, cooled glove box, tilt adjustable steering, electrically adjustable, front center sliding armrest and foldable rear view mirrors and height adjustable driver’s seat.

All in all, the Vitara Brezza does look boxy and not as outstanding or European as its rivals like Ford Ecosport and Hyundai Creta, but then, the features and detailing on the car make it look modern and upmarket.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine

Maruti Vitara Brezza engine line-up as mentioned in the beginning is confined to a single diesel mill. Maruti has used the regular Fiat sourced 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine powering most of the diesel models like Maruti like Ertiga, Ciaz etc The diesel engine is tuned to deliver 89bhp of top power along with 200Nm of torque. A five-speed conventional manual transmission is mated to the diesel motor while an AMT may be introduced later

Maruti Vitara Brezza range comprises of six variants namely LDi, LDi (O), VDi, VDi (O) and ZDi (O). The base variants comes with electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, power steering, power windows in front, folding rear seat, manual AC and tilt steering. As we go up in the model series, the V variant gets additional features such as rear parking sensors, floating roof treatment, keyless entry, full wheel covers, power windows in front and rear, gear shift indicator and electromagnetic tailgate.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Driving

To compensate for the tall height and the heavy diesel engine up front, the Brezza gets a stiff suspension setup. This becomes very apparent when you attack the corners, as the compact SUV manages to keep body roll controlled. The downside to this, is a lot of thudding and crashing over potholes – which can get quite taxing on a day to day basis. Highway manners are confidence-inducing as well. The Brezza doesn’t float or feel bouncy as it goes about chugging miles.

The steering is well-weighted, and shouldn’t be a problem inside the city or on the highways. You can have a bit of fun with it around the twisties as well, the wheel does have adeqaute amount of feedback to offer. Yes, there’s a hint of understeer if you push it hard, but it quickly corrects itself the moment you lift off the throttle.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety

ABS, EBD and dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger are among the vital safety features aboard. While driver side airbag is standard across line-up, the co-passenger side airbag is offered only on the top-spec variant. Other features such as front seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, front fog lamps etc also also be available on the SUV. Along with the aforementioned features the Z trims will come with projector head lamps in front, automatic AC, LED daytime running lights, piano finish for centre console, 16 inch alloy wheels, 60:40 split rear seat, steering mounted controls for audio, height adjuster for driver, rear wiper with washer, rear centre arm rest, fog lamps in front and faux skid plates on bumpers. And the range topping ZDi+ variant comes with few extras such as cooled glove box, automatic head lamp, rain sensing wiper, electrically folding wing mirrors, arm rest in front, navigation and reverse parking camera display, push button start and cruise control. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Price

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,54,961/- (Vitara Brezza LDI Optional) to 9,94,503/- (Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Verdict

There is no denying the fact that the Vitara Brezza is a sure shot winner for Maruti Suzuki with a real possibility of it becoming its bread and butter product in the next few years. It has exciting and yet understated looks, a good interior that comes packed with gadgets and a good mechanical package. Negatives of course include the plastic quality which really needs to be improved and the fact that the NVH levels are just a tad bit too high for our liking. Although we were a bit skeptical about the Vitara Brezza, the car certainly has not disappointed in any form or measure and is certainly something we would strongly advice our readers to buy if you are looking for a new car around the Rs 10 lakh range. All said and done, you have to wonder, does that mid-size sedan or premium hatchback really make any sense anymore?

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine & Performance

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

Up until a few years ago, when you would think Maruti Suzuki, chances are that a hatchback would come to mind. Something, that clearly stresses a lot on fuel efficiency and tries to be as cost efficient as possible. Clearly, that formula has worked wonders and the company has been unbeatable in the hatchback segment in the country. So, it was time to look at the higher segment – Sedan. It started with the Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the company, in that segment, is currently represented by the Ciaz. Interestingly, the Ciaz also has a clever hybrid system variant that promises to deliver fuel efficiency unlike any other offering in the segment, making it probably one of the best value for money sedan in the country. There’s also an ‘RS’ variant which looks way sportier than other models. So, we got our hands on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS ZDi variant to find out how it fares. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On road price starts from 8,05,749/-. Check for price details of Ciaz in CarzPrice.

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Exteriors

The design of the Ciaz is based on the Suzuki Authentics concept which was showcased first at the 2014 Shanghai Motor Show in April and then shown in production form as the China-spec Alivio sedan. It gets an aggressive front fascia with a trapezoidal front grille that features ample amount of chrome. The sweptback headlights and the elongated hood further enhance its street presence. The side profile is a rather conservative affair but one that works for Maruti Suzuki. It features delicately flared wheel arches, chrome door handles and a strong shoulder line which works well with the forward leaning stance of the car.

At the rear, the Ciaz gets the standard wrap around tail lamps which lend the car a premium look. The rear bumper is large and includes integrated reflectors. There’s also a lip spoiler and chrome badges across all variants.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Interiors

The interiors of the Ciaz are completely new and different from any other Maruti car. The neatly laid out dashboard has a seven-inch touchscreen system. The higher variants get automatic climate control. The steering is shared with other models but it gets a leather wrap as also the gear knob. The top variant gets leather upholstery also. The Ciaz is comes loaded with features like push button start, keyless entry, bluetooth connectivity, navigation, reverse parking camera and sensors.

The Ciaz is not stingy on spacious too. There is good head room and leg room available. The seats are not the best but provide good comfort. It could have done with some more under thigh support. The boot is large and can fit in quite a lot of luggage with ease. This makes it a very practical sedan that can be used for weekend getaways too. The Ciaz S offers all black interiors and even the centre console has grey chrome finish on it.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Performance

While the Ciaz doesn’t get an entirely new motor, it does get a fairly reworked version of Maruti’s own K14 petrol unit found on the Ertiga. The tweaks to the engine focus on improving driveability and maximising fuel economy. To achieve that, Maruti has modified the cylinder head to raise the compression ratio from 10:1 to 11:1 and the revised head design allows for a better tumble of airflow at low speeds. Also, the air inlet track has been lengthened to further improve low-end torque. To counter heating problems and engine-knocking, issues that are typically associated with higher compression motors, long reach spark plugs and a more efficient oil pump have made their way into the motor. Despite all these changes though, peak power and torque figures have pretty much stayed the same.

On the face of it, the petrol version doesn’t come across as enthusiastic since a power output of 91bhp (at 6000rpm) is a pretty ordinary number for a mid-size sedan. However, in-gear timings are good – the Ciaz is pretty responsive and has a nice urgency about town. The engine pulls quite well from

low revs and you don’t have to work the gearbox much; and even when you do, the light clutch and slick shifting ’box (albeit not as nice as the Swift’s) takes away the effort from city driving. But find an open stretch and explore the K14 motor’s powerband, and you soon realise the power delivery is pretty flat. The mid-range isn’t particularly strong; this engine doesn’t like to be spun hard and gets pretty noisy as the tachometer closes in on its modest 6,200rpm redline.

Flat-out performance is fairly decent, with the dash to 100kph taking 12.02 seconds. However, it’s the unenthusiastic way the Ciaz picks up speed that makes you feel that it’s not as quick as the numbers suggest.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving

Maruti Suzuki had a very clear agenda when designing the Ciaz, it wanted to woo the family audience with this car. Thus, the vehicle’s set-up is such that most people will like the way it drives, handling is neutral, ride quality is fantastic and the brakes work very well too. The vehicle features a rear anti-roll bar and the chassis in typical Suzuki fashion is stiff, thus the suspension has been kept soft for a terrific ride quality. After driving on almost all kinds of roads, we simply were left praising the car’s ride, it just deals with the imperfections of our roads brilliantly. Even high speed stability is very good.

However, for enthusiasts, there is some disappointment in store. We have been driving Suzuki cars since a long time now and the Swift is one of the best handling cars in its class, the Ciaz doesn’t stay upto that promise. It simply doesn’t handle like a Suzuki car should, there is plenty of body roll and the steering doesn’t have much feel or feedback. At low speeds, the steering is a bit heavy and doesn’t weigh up accurately as you get to triple digit speeds. Grip levels are good thanks to the wider tyres on the Z trims. That said, most buyers would be happy to trade off the handling for the amazing ride quality of the Ciaz. The ground clearance is ample for our roads and we didn’t scrape the underbelly even on the worst of speed-breakers.

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Besides styling, lack of features was also one of the reasons the SX4 failed to bring in good numbers. The Maruti Ciaz address this, and how! It has nearly every feature in the book pertaining to this class of cars. From alloy wheels, steering mounted controls, climate control system and ABS and front two airbags to a high-end touchscreen audio system, navigation, electric ORVMs with auto fold, reversing camera and a retractable blind for the rear windscreen, the Maruti Ciaz in this Z+ trim has it all. It also gets rear AC vents, keyless entry and start, central rear armrest with cup holders and crucially, Bluetooth telephony. What we did miss are adjustable rear head rests and reach adjust for the steering.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cost

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 8,05,749/- (Ciaz Sigma Petrol) to 11,93,026/- (Ciaz S Diesel). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Verdict

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was launched with high hopes and it manages to live up to it. This car doesn’t try to be everything, it is aimed at comfort and delivers that in good measure. Yes, it’s not a handler and the looks aren’t going to make you stop and take notice either. However, for most buyers in this segment who want a well specced car with acres of room, fantastic ride quality and frugal engines, the Maruti Ciaz is difficult to beat. When you factor in the pricing, which is a good Rs. 1 lakh plus cheaper for certain variants over the segment leader Honda City, you realise that the tradeoff in brand image might be worth the money saved for some. The Maruti Ciaz doesn’t come across as exciting but is certainly a very practical choice in the overcrowded C-segment.

Maruti Suzui Dzire Facelift Engine & Transmission

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview

There is no denying the fact that the Maruti Dzire has shaken the compact sedan segment in India by selling in such huge volumes which no other rival has been able to come close to. The Dzire is also one of the highest selling cars here and hence there is a lot of anticipation around the new generation. The looks have changed, the interiors have evolved and the driving dynamics are better. Let’s check out everything in detail. Maruti Suzuki Dzire On road price starts from 5,43,425/-. Check for price details of Dzire in CarzPrice.

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Maruti Suzuki Dzire Exteriors

The all new Maruti Swift desire 2017 is underpinned by all new platform, which Suzuki has named as Heartect. The Maruti Baleno is also based on the same platform. High tensile steel is used in this platform, thus making it not only lighter, but even stronger than before. More width in this car result in better driving dynamics.

Front The 2017 Maruti Dzire looks attractive and stylish from the front now. The design overall is now more proportionate and does not like its trying too hard. The new Dzire comes with a balanced look this is modern as well. The fascia embodies a new imposing grille with chrome surround

Side and Rear The side profile now looks much more balanced. The boot is very well integrated in the body and doesn’t look like a forced job. The new 15-inch alloy wheels also make the car look smarter. The rear looks similar to the old Dzire but has better styling. The tail lamps are now LED ones and look much more premium. The paint quality has also improved this time. The New Maruti Dzire 2017 is indeed an excellent job my Maruti.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Interiors

Coming to the interiors, here’s where a lot of major revisions lie. The dashboard gets an all-new design and even though some elements are derived from the new Swift, Maruti has again made a lot of changes to things like the instrument cluster, AC vents, steering wheel, inlays on the dashboard, etc. There is a dual tone black and beige colour theme and the top variants come with wood inserts on the dashboard and steering wheel. The wooden inserts are provided with an intent of making the car feel premium but honestly, it could have been done in a better way and the quality also feels a bit inferior. However, the overall fit and finish of the insides feel much better than the second generation Dzire

Due to the rear doors being wider, ingress and egress have become easier. The seats are large and comfortable and the cushioning is also soft but under thigh support felt a bit lacking. The driver’s seat gets height adjustment while the steering gets tilt adjustment and hence you can find yourself a good driving position with decent visibility all around. Space at the rear is decent but at the front, the footwell eats into space slightly. The roofline limits the headroom at the rear a bit. The boot is nicely shaped and has good cargo carrying capacity, it is larger by 60-litres now.

The third generation Maruti Dzire gets a good equipment list. You get automatic climate control and the cooling performance from the AC is very good and the rear AC vents are a big plus. The ORVMs are electrically adjustable and folding. The audio system is the same one that is also offered on the Baleno. The 7-inch touchscreen has a good response and it gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. Connectivity is seamless and the sound quality from the speakers is very good. Apart from that, the Dzire also gets keyless go with push button start and unlock sensors on the door

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine

The new Dzire carries over the same two powertrains from the previous generation. So, it is the same 1,197cc VVT petrol engine and the 1,248cc DDiS diesel engine with their 5-speed manual gearboxes. The powertrains get changes to their calibration and the automated manual transmission (AMT) makes an appearance in the Dzire. The AMT which we have seen in smaller Marutis is still the same basic tech involving sensors and hydraulic shifters mounted on top of the manual gearbox. The AMT’s relatively unrefined shifting characteristic is also, unfortunately, a carry-over. Unlike a torque converter or continuously variable (CVT) auto transmissions, AMTs tend to have prominent shift shocks during heavy acceleration. But, the head nodding pull during up shifts eases up during cruising speeds. Kick downs to lower gears when I stomp the throttle for an overtake maneuver also tend to be less urgent, but at slower speeds there is a double shift down from overdrive gears. With a lot of low-end torque being available, the diesel AMT was easier to use overall. Buyers have to be aware that the AMT tech is oriented towards optimising mileage in city driving cycles and so there is a certain inevitable performance compromise.

The petrol engine in the Dzire produces a peak power of 61kW at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 113Nm at 4,200rpm. This is a quiet, refined engine with its performance being an ideal combination for all types of driving cycles, My personal preference would be the manual transmission for both the petrol and diesel engines, but with more and more buyers preferring AMTs Maruti is now offering three trim variants each with the automated gearbox. The Dzire’s diesel engine delivers 55kW of power and 190Nm of torque. Peak torque is available from 2,000rpm. This common rail direct injection engine’s familiar character means that driving it in a Maruti is somehow always more pleasurable than in any other brand’s cars. It does get a bit raucous at high revs, but if you are a driver that loves to be connected with the car, this engine will keep you amply engaged.

The Bridgestone Ecopia 185/65 tyres that my test mule came with were shod on 15-inch alloys. While these tyres helped keep road rush to a minimum in the cabin, their relatively thin contact patch on the road meant lesser confidence while taking fast corners. However, straight line stability has improved dramatically and the Dzire now cruises confidently even at speeds of upto 160kmph

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Driving

The new Dzire offers a good balance between ride comfort and high-speed handling. The suspension is tuned to be inclined towards the softer side and hence ride quality at urban speeds is comfortable. The car feels stable up to about 120 kmph and only beyond that a hint of uncertainty starts to creep in. Brakes offer good bite and the feedback from the pedal too is decent. Since the

suspension has a soft setup, high-speed cornering can result in a fair bit of body roll but that cannot be termed as a negative as the Dzire is positioned as a practical and value-for-money vehicle and not as a performance vehicle

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Safety

The 2017 Maruti Dzire now comes with dual front airbags, ABS and ISOFIX mounts on all variants which is a very positive move. The car is lighter than before since it is based on the new HEARTACT platform. Talking about service, Maruti Suzuki has the best sales and after-sales network in India and the Dzire can be serviced in any nook and corner of the country since the company has a service centre almost everywhere.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Cost

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,43,425/- (Dzire LXI) to 9,34,799/- (Dzire ZDI Plus AT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Dzire from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Verdict

We won’t be surprised if the Maruti Dzire goes on to become the largest selling car by overtaking the Alto. Maruti Suzuki has taken a good package and made it even better with the new generation and the Dzire comes across as a well-rounded compact sedan that excels at a lot of things. What really impressed us is how the company has moved ahead in its quality standards and how the car is loaded with so many features. The driving characteristics are also very good and both the engines are efficient too. The Maruti Dzire is an excellent buy for someone looking for a not-so-big sedan that offers a competitive package.