A bigger, more powerful 1.5-litre petrol engine in the Ciaz should bother those valuing efficiency as much as comfort or space, but Maruti has also equipped the car with its updated SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) tech. This includes an ISG or integrated starter generator, a start-stop system and a lithium-ion battery. The ISG works in sync with the start-stop system and recharges the lithium-ion battery on the go. The system reduces loads on the primary battery as auxiliary systems like lighting and infotainment are powered by the lithium-ion battery. The ISG also helps reduce load on the engine via a small boost of torque, which in turn enhances fuel efficiency. Now to see how efficient the car can be in Mumbai’s horrendous traffic, as initial impressions are looking good!
1462cc four-cylinder petrol
Good Stuff : Engine response is sprightly, ride quality is really impressive.
Bad Stuff : Driver’s seat is too high even at the lowest setting