Earlier, we expected India’s largest carmaker to launch the updated Ciaz this year itself. But it looks like the C-segment sedan will, in all probability, take the spotlight at the 2018 Auto Expo and go on sale soon after. While we believe that the cosmetic and feature updates might be at par for the India-spec car as well, the more powerful 1.6-litre engine that does duty in the China-spec sedan might not come to India as its inclusion will put the Ciaz in the ‘luxury cars’ segment, which is likely to get a bump in cess under the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime.
Maruti Suzuki will soon bring the S-Cross facelift in the country. Apart from a heavily revised exterior design, the refreshed S-Cross comes with new features, new interior design and a new range of turbocharged petrol engines. However, the India-spec version is expected to come only with the current car’s 1.3-litre diesel engine. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is not going to make a comeback in the S-Cross’ new avatar.
Sales to government employees and defence personnel comprised about a fifth of volumes for the company in that period. “We have a model for every rank and position,” said RS Kalsi, Maruti Suzuki’s senior executive director for marketing and sales.
Except new seat upholstery and a factory-fitted Android Auto (and Apple CarPlay) compatible Smartplay infotainment system. Going by reports, bookings for the 2017 Maruti S-Cross opens 1 September, 2017, followed by a sales launch this festive season.