There will be no mistaking the new Ciaz from its predecessor, thanks to a new painted grille that stretches the full length of the nose between the headlamp clusters for a more modern and purposeful visual signature.
The grille is framed by chrome inserts which, in the GLX specification level, continues on the shoulder line and door handles and terminates in a new chrome garnish strip above the number plate on the boot lid.
The grille is flanked by new headlamp clusters with automatic LED headlamps and integrated daytime running lights on the GLX model. The GL model, in turn, gets new halogen projector headlamps.
The lower air intake has been redesigned in the style of Suzuki’s most recent new vehicles to be larger and more aggressive. This trapezoidal intake is flanked, on the GLX specification level, by LED fog lamps in large, chrome-lined holders.
Moving to the side profile, the Ciaz features 15” steel wheels with wheel covers for the GL specification level, while the designers have created new 16” polished chrome wheels for the GLX specification level.
At the rear, the GLX specification level adds integrated LED combination lamps while all models also feature a high-level brake light mounted in the rear window.
Step inside the Ciaz 1.5 GLX in either manual or automatic and you will be greeted by Suzuki’s new 7” SLDA touchscreen audio system.
Recently introduced on the GLX specification level in several other Suzuki models, the SLDA system combines full Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink smartphone integration with modern features such as a reverse camera with rear park sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands.
With in-car entertainment well taken care of, Suzuki has added an additional 4.2” colour information display in the vehicle instrument cluster. This screen displays important driving information such as range, fuel consumption and outside temperature and is standard on both specification levels.
In addition, the Ciaz GLX now offers cruise control as standard. It also has automatic climate control, electrically folding side mirrors, combination leather upholstery, integrated lighting in the footwells, individual rear reading lights and a retractable rear sunshade.
The remote central locking system of the GL models remains, while the GLX model is upgraded to keyless access with a Start/Stop button.
The GLX models build on the generous specification level of the GL models, which includes electric windows, remote central locking, manual air conditioning, steering mounted audio controls, a centre armrest with integrated storage, rear air conditioning vents and an additional 12V socket for the back-seat passengers.
All Ciaz models will be sold with a 3-year / 60 000 km service plan and Suzuki’s promotional 5-year / 200 000 km vehicle warranty.
Pricing: Between R214 900 – R259 900.