India’s largest selling car maker, Maruti Suzuki, will be launching a new and more fuel efficient version of the Ciaz diesel, the SHVS that will make use of brake energy recuperation system and a start-stop system to improve fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The company is planning to launch the Ciaz SHVS in India around 18th/19th August and is expected to discontinue the regular diesel Ciaz altogether. While dealerships in Delhi have confirmed that the diesel Ciaz is retailing at an attractive discount of INR 40,000, they are currently mum on why is the discount so high on a relatively new car.
Our sources have however disclosed that Maruti Suzuki is offering discounts to drain the diesel Ciaz stock with dealerships. The company however has no plans to shift the Ciaz to Nexa dealerships. Ciaz SHVS will be the only vehicle in its segment to offer brake energy recuperation system and start-stop control. The move should also make Ciaz one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in India. It will be interesting to see how much fuel-efficiency does Maruti Suzuki claim for the diesel SHVS Ciaz.
Dealerships are accepting bookings for Ciaz SHVS. However, they are not currently disclosing any information about the Ciaz SHVS and its pricing. The minimum booking amount in Delhi for Ciaz diesel (SHVS included) is INR 11,000 and deliveries are expected to begin by August-end or September beginning.