Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has launched the new Dzire at a starting price of Rs 5.45 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Prices for the diesel sedan start from Rs 6.45 lakh and go up till Rs 9.41 lakh. The new Dzire is available in four petrol and four diesel variants with the top three variants getting the option of an automatic transmission in both the fuel types.
The engine options have been carried over from the previous generation Swift Dzire with the addition of Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission for both petrol and diesel variants. The 1.2 l petrol engine still produces 82bhp and 113Nm of torque and the 1.3 l Multijet diesel motor is also good for 74 hp and 190 Nm of torque.
Maruti has reworked the engines a little to increase their thermal efficiency which in turn has translated into better fuel efficiency. MSIL claims that the diesel motor of the Dzire will return a fuel efficiency of 28.4kmpl, while the petrol engine is capable of delivering 22 kmpl. These figures are among the best in the segment and the company intends to develop its core strength of fuel efficiency further with the Dzire.
The car is built on an all-new Heartect platform and uses 36 per cent higher tensile strength steel. This has allowed the company to reduce the weight of the new Dzire despite the new platform being stronger than its predecessor. MSIL has also increased the wheelbase of the car liberating space inside the cabin, which has translated into more leg space at the back.
The new Dzire is 3,995 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,515 mm tall. The wheelbase and boot space of the car have been increased and now stand at 2,450mm and 378 litres, respectively. The ground clearance has gone done by seven mm and now stands at 163mm. In terms of features, the new Dzire gets ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Dual Airbags, ISOFIX Child seat anchor and front seat belt pre-tensioners with force limiter.
The new Dzire has been reworked and features an all-new front end that’s an improvement over its outgoing predecessor. The interiors feature a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with audio and phone controls, AC rear vent, new instrument panel with integrated SLDA (smartphone linkage display audio) system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.