Maruti Suzuki teased the facelift of its compact sedan DZire on Friday. The company has touted the new model as DZire, dropping the prefix Swift in the badge, to make its identity distinct and independent of the popular hatchback.
Sales justify DZire’s hype: Since its launch in 2008 and through a makeover in 2012, over 13 lakh units have been rolled out of Maruti Suzuki’s factories, making it leader of compact sedan segment of players such as Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze, Toyota Etios, Volkswagen Ameo and Tata Tigor.
The new DZire will make it to the showrooms anytime in May. We’ll be getting you the first images of the new car in metal on Monday. But before that, let’s take a look at five things to expect in the new edition:
1) Looks: From the front, the new DZire may be a look-alike of the 2017 Swift: a hexagonal grille with either honeycomb mesh or horizontal slats. We also expect some bits of chrome, projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps near the foglamp sockets, among other updates.
On the rear, expect LEDs tail-lights, redesigned bumper and chrome appliqué in the centre with the DZire engraved on it, much like the Vitara Brezza.
2) Engines: Maruti Suzuki will most probably keep intact its tried and tested engines -- the 1.2-litre K-series Petrol and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel. The automaker now also has a 1.0 litre Boosterjet petrol engine in its Baleno RS, but may keep DZire as a compact family sedan, and let Swift belly the monster engine.
3) Gearbox and mileage: Just like the present edition, a five speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox will be mated to the petrol engine. The diesel variant may retain the Auto-Gear Shift AMT technology which was introduced in January 2016. With new lighter platform and body, the new DZire could also run more than the outgoing model in a litre of fuel. The present ARAI-certified fuel economy figures are 20.85 for Petrol MT and 18.5 kmpl for AT, and 26.59 kmpl for Diesel MT as well as AMT.
4) Tech Inside: The new DZire may get the 7-inch touchscreen from Baleno and the Vitara Brezza. It will take care of multimedia and navigation duties in sync with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Top-of-the-line variants may get keyless entry and go and reverse sensors as well.
5) Safety: Like its latest model Ignis, Maruti Suzuki will most likely offer dual airbags, seat belt with pre-tensioners, antilock braking system with EBD as standard, with some features like Isofix child seats anchor points optional in top-end trims.
6) Pricing: The present DZire starts at Rs 5.35 lakh (Petrol) and Rs 6.16 lakh (Diesel). With all the updates, expect the petrol variant to start from 5.40 lakh and the diesel from Rs 6.20 lakh, considering how aggressive Maruti Suzuki has been at its introductory pricing.