Suzuki’s com­pact sedan

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

SUZUKI has launched the Ciaz — the com­pany’s first com­pact sedan — in South Africa.

Aimed at cus­tomers seek­ing a larger sedan than the Swift DZire, but who still want the good fuel econ­omy, the Ciaz comes in two spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els — GL and GLX.

Both mod­els have com­pre­hen­sive in­stru­men­ta­tion, a dig­i­tal mul­ti­func­tion trip com­puter, elec­tric win­dows front and rear, and elec­tri­cally ad­justable ex­te­rior mir­rors with in­te­grated turn in­di­ca­tors. Also on the list are re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, a mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel, au­to­matic cli­mate-con­trol air-con­di­tion­ing with rear vents, and a six-speaker au­dio sys­tem with CD player and in­te­grated Blue­tooth.

Pow­er­ing the new Suzuki Ciaz is the lat­est, up­dated ver­sion of Suzuki’s proven K14B four-cylin­der en­gine. Fea­tur­ing 16 valves, mul­ti­point fuel in­jec­tion and vari­able valve tim­ing, the 1 373 cc unit makes 70 kW at 6 000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4 000 rpm.

The en­gine de­liv­ers its out­put to the front wheels via a five-speed man­ual gear­box, with a four-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion op­tional on the GLX model.

The GL rides on 185/65 R15 tyres, while the al­loys on the GLX are wrapped with 195/55 R16 rub­ber.

Prices in­clude a three­year/100 000 km war­ranty, and a three­year/60 000 km ser­vice plan. Ser­vices are at 15 000 km in­ter­vals.

Prices

1,4 GL: R179 900 1,4 GLX: R199 900 1.4 GLX auto: R214 900.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The 1,4 Ciaz, Suzuki’s first com­pact sedan in SA, looks set to bring joy at the fuel pumps.

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