Apparently, there are many Ciaz seen on the streets of Pune, and looking at responses here in TAI
, looks like same is the case with every city in India. My feelings:
The projector headlamps look quite good and chrome grill adds some premiumness. The sheer length of Ciaz adds to the road presence, which is much required for this category of cars.
But the rear design though looks good, is a bit bulky, and tail lamp illumination during night doesn’t look good either. Side profile is not inspirational and is plain Jane.
Does it look any better than City? Absolutely No! City looks more sporty and contemporary externally, and has better road presence than Ciaz on any day. Especially City tail lights at night look fabulous & class worthy.
Things changes at least for me, when I look inside. Ciaz interiors feels more premium than City, thanks to the waterfall dashboard with wooden finish inserts. The HU for ICE looks far better integrated than the tacky HU of City which looks out of place on a large piano black background, which is now available even in Alto
MSIL did a grave mistake by not marketing Ciaz well and by taking customers granted. Boy, this was not an upgrade of Swift & Dezire, where people would jump to grab one. This (C2) was the failed territory (SX4 & Baleno) for MSIL, and looks like they were least prepared for it. First, they should have launched Ciaz with all variants including ZDI+ & auto tranny. Second, enough cars should have been ready before the launch. Third, there was no proper communication to the buyers who pre-booked. Fourth, no dealer (still) has clear information about the ZDI+ & auto box. They are just busy in convincing & selling mid variants.
Now there are advertisements for the ZDI+ with touch screen & all, and soon we will see adds even for autobox. But now, it’s difficult to build the same kind of interest amounts people/buyers for Ciaz. IMO, City will still remain the first choice due to better engines and better snob value