New Suzuki Alivio facelift revealed – India launch expected in early 2018
We recently showed you leaked images of the 2017 Suzuki Alivio or China-spec Maruti Suzuki Ciaz ahead of its official reveal. Now, Suzuki China has dropped curtains of its updated sedan and has revealed the new ‘Suzuki Alivio Pro’ at the continuing 2017 Chengdu Motor Show. The new model gets subtle but extensive cosmetic upgrades to the exterior while the interior has been updated with new features. More extremely, the ‘Pro’ suffix has been added to the nameplate on the 2017 Suzuki Alivio, while the overall dimensions of the car remain the same. Alivio is the name of the Ciaz sedan sold in China. The changes on the Alivio hints at what can we assume in the new Ciaz which is due here by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Coming to the aesthetic updates, the changes are very much in-line with what we saw in the leaked images. The bumper has been squeezed to lodge the new grille design and the fog lamps have been revised with chrome bezels for a premium look. The headlights don’t receive major changes but do come with sure tweaks. At the back, the tail lights on the Alivio Pro have been revised to incorporate a large stop lamp while the bumper has been redone for a cleaner look. The cut outs have been more neatly integrated for the reflectors.
The present petrol unit cultivates 91bhp at 6,000rpm and 130Nm of torque at 4,000rpm coupled to 5-speed manual transmission and the diesel unit comes equipped with a small hybrid system which creates 89bhp at 4,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. Inside, the variations are major on the China-spec 2017 Suzuki Alivio Pro but you do get a larger touch-screen infotainment system. Although not established, the system is likely to get the SmartPlay infotainment interface supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car already comes with a host of features including start-stop button, keyless entry, cruise control, auto climate control and much more. On the safety front too, the sedan gets ABS, EBD, dual airbags and ESP as part of the equipment list. The 2017 Suzuki Alivio Pro draws power from a 1.6-litre petrol engine tuned for about 120 bhp, while opposite to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is to be noted that the India-spec Maruti Suzuki Ciaz will not be the same as China. That said, the Alivio Pro could have some inspirations on the Indian facelift that is presently under expansion. The efficient Ciaz is already being tested and is likely to make to the showrooms sometime in 2018. With the new generation Hyundai Verna launched and looking promising, Maruti will certainly have to play its cards right to keep the sales momentum going for the Ciaz.