SUZUKI CIAZ

The Suzuki Ciaz doesn’t hide be­hind dis­guises. it just is

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If Muji sold cars, this would be it

The first impression you get see­ing the Ciaz up close is how starkly sim­ple it is.

Noth­ing about its de­sign ful­fills any fan­tasy of speed and reck­less­ness; it merely fol­lows the ba­sic sil­hou­ette that makes a car, a car. Nei­ther does it hint of a hy­per­future where cars look as though they were about to fly; about the only flair you may no­tice is how the rear lights seem to point up­wards and con­tinue to wrap around the rear side pan­els, but you can tell they are so only as a mat­ter of util­ity. You can al­most say that the Ciaz looks like the an­ti­japanese car, and by that we mean it doesn’t come across as some­thing straight out of an anime se­ries.

But rather than fol­low­ing the sim­plic­ity of the Euro­peans, famed for their an­gu­lar and rigid lines, the Ciaz still comes across as dis­tinctly Ja­panese, in the way

of their ap­proach to de­sign­ing everyday things. We’re think­ing pot­tery and Muji fur­ni­ture here.

That aes­thetic flows all the way to the in­te­ri­ors. The Ciaz’s dash­board is un­clut­tered. The in­stru­ment clus­ters do not glow in glar­ing col­ors. The leather up­hol­stery is flat. The mood in­side is po­lite. The only con­ces­sion to up­ward mo­bil­ity is the An­droid OS touch­screen au­dio unit with nav­i­ga­tion.

Driv­ing the Ciaz, you no­tice that no one as­pect of the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence stands out, but that ev­ery­thing feels

to­gether, giv­ing you that whole­ness and quiet con­fi­dence that the car will keep it­self in tune for the long haul.

Sim­plic­ity, how­ever, doesn’t ap­peal to any­one. But those who be­gin to em­brace it find that the more they stick to the ba­sics, the more they stand out.

WORDS AL­LAN P. HER­NAN­DEZ Pho­tog­ra­phy ROBERT INOVERO

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