These are the first-ever spy pictures of the production version of the new Alivio sedan seen testing in China. The new Suzuki sedan is expected to come to India as the SX4 replacement and could be called the Maruti Ciaz.
As seen from the spy pictures, the Alivio carries over most of its concept-looks into the production version such as the wide chrome grille, large multi-element wrap-around headlamps with projector units and other exterior bits as well.
Rear styling is also similar to the concept but the main thing to notice here is that the exhaust tips are incorporated into the bumpers just like on the concept car. This provision is unique for a sedan in this class. However, the Indian version may get a bit toned down styling such as conventional exhaust arrangement with reflectors taking place of the Alivio’s exhausts seen in these pictures.
The Alivio’s interiors are expected to be more spacious than the SX4. The cabin is expected to have an upmarket look which will be on par with the likes of the new Honda City and Hyundai Verna. Rear-seat comfort is on the priority list for Maruti.
Although for now, details on the engine are scarce, Suzuki had confirmed earlier that the Alivio concept is powered by a 1.5-litre DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The Japanese carmaker also said that the Alivio is 4,545mm long, 1,730mm wide and 1,475mm tall. The Indian version is expected to get the 90bhp version of Fiat’s MultiJet engine as well. According to Suzuki, the Alivio concept’s design has been created using a "Sporty and Noble" theme with the use of smooth curved surface and sharp character lines.
The SX4 replacement is expected to be based on the Indian version of this car and will hit Indian showrooms by October 2014.