All-new Dzire launched at Rs 5.45 lakh

Maruti Suzuki has launched the third generation Dzire today, with prices starting at Rs 5.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Dzire is available in 8 variants; four each for Petrol and Diesel.

The new Dzire is based on Heartect platform, same as the Baleno and Ignis and hence sheds a lot of unwanted weight as compared to the old car. The top-of-the-line diesel automatic variant weighs just 990kg, making it lighter than its predecessor by 70kg. Obviously, the fuel efficiency figure has improved by 5.5 per cent and 6.7 per cent for the petrol and diesel variants, respectively. In fact, the diesel is the most fuel efficient compact sedan sold in the country today with a claimed ARAI figure of 28.4kmpl.

The new platform has lent the Dzire a new lease of life. The design language is different altogether and the new Dzire does not look boxy, unlike the second generation car. Seen from the front, the Dzire gets a wider stance accompanied with a wide grille that highlights the fascia. The bumper gets massive air scoops with chrome inserts. The bonnet is round for improved aerodynamics as well. The side profile is similar to the Baleno with sweeping lines and a blackened B-pillar. The alloys too have been redesigned and finished in gunmetal, adding to the premium-ness. The rear gets an integrated boot lip spoiler, similar to the Honda Amaze. . The boot is now well integrated and does not seem out of place.  The compact sedan is now wider by 40mm and Maruti claims that the shoulder and leg room is marginally improved at the front and rear. The boot capacity is up by 62 litres at 378 litres.

The Dzire is fully loaded with safety features as well and all the variants come with ABS and Airbags as standard. The top-end VDI variant also gets automatic LED projector headlamps, reverse parking camera and Maruti’s SmartPlay infotainment system, which also does duty on the Brezza and Baleno.

The Dzire is powered by the same 1197cc petrol and 1248cc diesel engines as on the earlier car. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission.

Maruti Suzuki is not targeting fleet services with the new Swift Dzire and will keep selling the Dzire Tour S variant at the old price to offer maximum value. The carmaker has invested over Rs 1000 crore for the development of the car and it comes with 99 per cent locally sourced parts.

The new Swift Dzire goes up against the likes of Ford Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and Volkswagen Ameo.

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi):

Petrol (Manual):

LXi: Rs 5.45 lakh

VXi: Rs 6.29 lakh

ZXi: Rs 7.05 lakh

ZXi+: Rs 7.94 lakh

Diesel (Manual):

LDi: Rs 6.45 lakh

VDi: Rs 7.29 lakh

ZDi: Rs 8.05 lakh

ZDi+: Rs 8.94 lakh

Petrol (Automatic): 

VXi: Rs 6.76 lakh

ZXi: Rs 7.52 lakh

ZXi+: Rs 8.41 lakh

Diesel (Automatic): 

VXi: Rs 7.76 lakh

ZXi: Rs 8.52 lakh

ZXi+: Rs 9.41 lakh

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