Johannesburg - Suzuki’s Ciaz is arguably one of the most underrated cars on the market, and now it is taking a second stab at the compact sedan market.
Suzuki South Africa has just launched the facelifted model, which gets a fresh front-end design as well as a new 1.5-litre engine and boosted spec.
While the previous 1.4-litre motor certainly punched above its weight, even at altitude, the completely new 1.5-litre unit that replaces it brings a welcome increase in power and torque, with outputs now listed at 77kW and 138Nm, which is 7kW and 8Nm up on its predecessor.
The normally aspirated engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox, and the latter option is now available on the lower-spec GL for the first time.
Talking specification grades, the Ciaz continues to be offered in GL and GLX guises.