It’s in all probability for the most effective that the person who got here to gather my earlier long-term automobile – a Maruti Dzire I used for 18 months – arrived with what would change into my subsequent long-term automobile; the blue Maruti Ciaz you see right here. For no different motive than it made the alternate an entire lot simpler. I grabbed all my stuff from one automobile, chucked it into the opposite and carried on with my life; it was nice.
Oh, who am I kidding? There was much more to it than that. Not solely as a result of I’d grown fairly hooked up to the Dzire and felt odd giving it up after so lengthy, but in addition as a result of I’d left a lot stuff mendacity round it that took time to gather. In truth, not all my leftovers had been bodily; some had been digital. At all times delete your cellphone information from a automobile’s infotainment system earlier than you give it away, of us.
And earlier than you knew it, that oddly wide-looking boot may very well be seen hooking the correct prove of the gates of One Autocar Plaza, and it was gone for good.
The procedures didn’t cease there, nevertheless, as welcoming a brand new set of wheels additionally takes time. First step was a fast spherical inspecting the bodywork; and since this automobile had been a press take a look at drive automobile earlier than making its method to our fleet, it got here with just a few dings and scratches across the bodywork. Comprehensible, after all, however photographed and promptly despatched to the great of us at Maruti, nonetheless. Then there was the matter of noting down the odometer readings and fluid ranges, checking that every one the papers had been so as, placing in a recent fuel-record card and pairing my cellphone with the SmartPlay infotainment – dumping all the information I’d simply deleted from one automobile, into one other.
After which onward to me being a bit pointless – deciding whether or not or not I just like the rear sunblind (a cool new function for me) deployed or not, whether or not to maintain the rear headrests raised for passengers or lowered for visibility, and choosing which of the various informative screens within the color multi-info show (MID) I’d like the most effective. All these decisions are prone to change within the first week of use.
A number of fast first ideas on the automobile, earlier than even turning a wheel – and there are fairly just a few, as I’ve simply jumped out of Maruti’s smaller sedan, the Dzire. That is larger, after all, however even the seating place, the view out and the dashboard format remind you you’re in a phase above. Personally, I favor the form of the Dzire’s sprint, however this one does have a regal air about it and I like the brand new, lighter shade of fake wooden. This one additionally has leather-based upholstery, which is good. It’s nonetheless trimmed in a light-weight cream color, sadly; I can already see the carpets turning brown. There’s so much that’s acquainted too – switches, stalks, levers and the Smartplay touchscreen.
The larger dimension is sure to impression my driving model. As is the truth that it’s a light hybrid with stop-start expertise; however we’ll simply have to attend and see. All can be revealed within the subsequent report.