Maruti Suzuki unveiled the latest avatar of its compact sedan DZire on Monday. And like the company said, “It’s not a Swift with a boot but an independent full-fledged sedan.”
The 2017 DZire comes with almost all features expected in a contemporary family sedan, amid rise of new competitors like Tigor, Aspire and Xcent in the entry-level sedan segment.
The badge is only DZire, no more Swift DZire, to let the model grow independently, much like how Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent are rising despite being based on their hatch counterparts.
Indeed DZire has a status of its own in the league. Since its launch in 2008 and through a sub-four-metre makeover in 2012, over 13 lakh units have been rolled out of Maruti Suzuki’s factories. It not only created this segment but also has led it, despite more lucrative and prettier offerings from rivals.
The new edition makes its way in Maruti Suzuki showrooms in May. Here are five key new features in the updated DZire that caught our attention during Monday’s unveil:
1) Looks: The new Dzire is 40mm wider and 20 mm longer wheelbase which opens up more room inside.
From the front, the new DZire gets a stance much like the 2017 Swift, but the trapezoidal grille gets hexagonal slats inside a chrome-lined frame. The face gets bigger projector headlamps and curved LED daytime running lamps. The fog lamp sockets get a chrome moustache as well, making it premium.
The rear gets surprisingly wider and taller, with some cues from the elder brother Ciaz. The tail-lights are bigger and neatly carved along with a chrome slat that runs from end to end of the boot. The boot lid has a wider opening to ease dumping your bags inside.
2) Engines: Maruti Suzuki has kept intact its tried and tested engines -- the 1.2-litre K-series Petrol and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel. Dropping the automatic transmission, the company has offered automated manual transmission in both petrol as well as diesel variants.
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. Since the new DZire is on a new platform and completely reengineered, the weight of the Petrol model has gone down by 85kg, while the diesel version is 105kg lighter. So expect the fuel economy of the new model to go up.
3) Tech Inside: The new DZire has borrowed 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. There’s also a start-stop button, plenty of storage spaces and even a rear AC vent for the back-benchers.
4) Safety: Like its latest model Ignis, Maruti Suzuki will offer dual airbags, seat belt with pre-tensioners, antilock braking system with EBD and Isofix child seats anchor points as standard.
5) Pricing and booking: The company will open bookings for the new DZire in the first week of May and will announce the prices on May 16. Taking a hint from the present DZire pricing: Rs 5.35 lakh onwards (Petrol) and Rs 6.16 lakh onwards (Diesel), we expect the new model to, considering all the updates and offering, to start from Rs 5.40 lakh (Petrol) and Rs 6.20 lakh diesel.