In 2010, the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, which completed the Swift line-up, was launched. In 2012, in order to keep up with the new Swift, it was facelifted and now in 2017, Maruti Suzuki did the unbeliveable- dropping the Swift badge with the new Dzire, a complete redesign of the earlier Swift Dzire. It was launched on 16th May, 2017 at a grand event and now, it has set new trends in the segment.
What is new in this car? This might be pondering in your mind, right? Well, read on to find its answer-
|Ex-showroom Price Range||5,56,000 - 9,43,000|
The exterior is more sleeker and aerodynamic than ever before. The headlights and taillights now are LED powered, eliminating the Halogen lamps used before, and get a brand new design. The front grille is hexagonal, a trend taken from Aston Martin cars. The suzuki logo appears to float on the hexagonal grille. The L-shaped chrome inserts on the fog lamps are stylish. Also, it looks taller as the ground clearance is considerably high which can be seen from the height of the loading lip.
True to Maruti Suzuki’s promise, the interior design is completely new. The side AC vents has gone from rectangular to trapezoidal. The steering wheel has a flat bottom and the buttons are also well-placed. It is tilt adjustable too. The instrument cluster with its multi information display looks sporty. The biggest change in any Maruti Suzuki car is seen here, with wood accents on the dashboard and satin chrome accents on the steering wheel and other areas. The front seats are really comfortable, and height adjustment for driver seat is one good addition. The centre console gets touchscreen infotainment system with links to smartphone, as seen in NEXA cars. Rear power sockets to charge your phone and rear AC vents for your comfort, are the new additions to the new Dzire.
Maruti Suzuki cars are well-known for its driving comfort. In the new Dzire, nothing much has changed. The engines are barely audible at idle condition. When it is accelerated, the engine is smooth and picks up speed well. Power delivery is nice and smooth and it doesn’t feel lethargic at all as the revs build up linearly. The transmission is smooth but the clutch is an issue as it feels springy and tends to fight back with your foot. The ride quality is a bit soft, and so is the steering wheel. Even it handles potholes and bumps well, the downside is returning to the center lane. However, the tight turning radius makes it effortless to drive around the city. Overall, the Dzire has improved well in this section and a few downturns should not frown you.
The new Dzire comes with a choice of 2 engines and 2 transmissions-
The petrol powerhouse is the 1.2 liter K-Series engine. This 4 cylinder engine delivers 83bhp and offers a fuel efficiency of 22km/liter. The diesel burner is the new 1.3 liter DDIS 190 engine, which delivers 75bhp and a high fuel efficiency of 28.4km/liter.
The transmission options are the 5-speed manual and an Automated Manual Transmission (known as AGS in Maruti Suzuki, seen in Celerio and Ciaz). But the AMT is standard only in V, Z and Z+ trims, and an option in L trim.
Inspired by the NEXA Safety Shield, Maruti Suzuki has left no stones unturned for safety in the new Dzire. The body is made from ultra high tensile steel as the car is based on HEARTECT platform. Like all NEXA cars, in the new Dzire, dual front airbags and antilock brakes comes as standard across all variants. Like the Ignis, the Dzire gets ISOFIX child seat anchors as standard feature across all variants. Also, Maruti Suzuki says that the car complies with the latest frontal and side impact regulations and also meets the pedestrian safety regulations. This is a great boost to the company’s pursuit in making its cars safer.
From Rs. 4.82lakhs to Rs. 8.21lakh, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is the cheapest offering in the NEXA dealership. The car looks distinctly stylish with new design features and an astonishing front grille. The interiors are also well-designed to give it a sporty look. The engines perform quite well. But, the manual transmission scores better than the AGS in diesel trim. So, if you are buying this car, buy the manual transmission option if you are aiming for the diesel version.
Considering the car is driven for 1000km a month i.e. 12,000km yearly, the cost of ownership for Maruti Suzuki Dzire can come upto Rs.55,151 for one year, which includes Rs. 18,000 of insurance cost, Rs. 2700 of maintenance cost and Rs. 34,451 of fuel cost. We have not factored in the loan interest as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
Being a compact sedan, the Dzire is keen to take on the competition. Its main rivals are Hyundai Xcent facelift, Tata Tigor, Tata Zest, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo.