Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co, Suzuki Press | posted March 25, 2015 08:59
Authentics concept-based Suzuki Ciaz revealed at Bangkok Motor Show
The 2015 Suzuki Ciaz compact sedan makes its debut at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show. The new sedan promises stylish high-quality design, comfortable and spacious interior, efficient performance, and high safety standards.
Based on the Authentics concept, the Ciaz is expected to succeed the long-overdue SX4, a joint development with Fiat released in 2006. Design-wise, Suzuki tried to achieve a sporty and elegant look for the exterior achieved through strong character lines and a graceful roofline accented with chrome elements.
Dimension-wise, the Ciaz measures 4490 mm (+15 mm aero version) long, 1730 mm wide and 1475 mm tall sitting on a 2650 mm wheelbase. In comparison to the SX4 Aero offered in our market, it shares slightly similar dimensions (4510 mm x 1730 mm x 1545 mm), however the wheelbase of the SX4 is significantly shorter at 2500 mm.
Inside, the Ciaz gets a high-quality black-colored theme accented by silver and chrome-finished details. The driver-oriented cockpit gives a sense of sportiness combined with the expressive elements and ergonomically placed controls and buttons. The longer wheelbase allows it more interior space and increased comfort for occupants. It comes with automatic climate control, smart key system and a CD-audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. It also boasts of a 565-liter trunk capacity.
Under the hood for the Thai release is a K12B 1.25-liter VVT MPI inline-4 engine rated at 91 PS and 118Nm. This is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed CVT. The Indian version is fitted with either a 1.4-liter gas or 1.3-liter diesel. On the other hand, the SX4 Aero is fitted with a 1.6-liter mated to a 4-sped automatic.
The derivative Aero version gets additional exterior styling kits as well as interior features like leather seats, touch-screen LCD with smartphone connectivity via MirrorLink.
The Ciaz goes to production in June at Suzuki's Rayong plant, which will later roll out to other ASEAN markets as well.