It is also reported that dealers may start taking pre-bookings by the mid-September. The car was first displayed at Auto Expo 2014 held at Greater Noida.

Positioned higher than the existing SX4, reports suggest that the car would be priced between Rs 8-11 lakh. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz will compete with other sedans like the Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta, Honda City and the newly launched Hyundai Elite i20 and Audi A3.

The sedan will be offered in three variants – Vxi/Vdi, Vxi+/Vdi+ and Zxi/Zdi which will have features like steering mounted audio controls, electric OEVMs and AC vents with 5” display, reverse parking camera, ABS, climate controls and additional airbags.

It is likley to be offered in colors of Arctic White, Midnight Black, Silky Silver, Glistening Grey, Clear Beige, Chocolate Brown and Fire Brick Red.

Ciaz will be available in both petrol and diesel variants. 1.4l petrol engine will have the capacity of generating 95 PS power and 130 Nm torque, claiming mileage of 18.2 kmpl. A 1.3l DDiS diesel engine generating 90 PS and 200 Nm torque will also be on offer, claiming mileage of 22.4 kmpl.