The second largest selling car in India, Dzire don’t require an introduction. Swift and Dzire twins in India are the most popular hatchback-compact sedan in the Indian car market.
Maruti has given a comprehensive head to toe update for the new Dzire, significantly differentiating the Dzire from the Swift. Also, Maruti Suzuki has given away the ‘Swift’ from the Dzire name. Let us take the new Dzire for a test drive to test its Dzire’ability.
The new Dzire gets an altogether different face compared to the outgoing model. The front though cannot be called pretty, definitely, gives the Dzire a matured and serious look. The new face gets a chrome hexagonal grille, a new set of almond shaped projector headlamps with integrated DRLs and restyled bumper with chrome inserts.
The rear windscreen is steeply raked and the boot this time is better integrated and doesn’t look like an afterthought. Maruti finally got the proportion of the Dzire perfect this time. The car gets restyled diamond cut alloys on the top trims.
Maruti has given a comprehensive upgrade to the interior as well. The car gets a totally new design for the dashboard, which is finished in black and beige with wood and chrome inserts. The steering gets a new design with a flat bottom with wood inserts. The instrument console is new and has an air retro-ness. There is a touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and smartphone connectivity. The front seats continue to be the nest in class with adequate support and there is better cushioning than the outgoing model.
Maruti has slightly increased the wheelbase (2450mm) which yields better legroom at the rear. Maruti is also offering a rear AC vent and a mobile charging socket at the rear. The car gets a bigger boot this time (378 liters). The doors open pretty wide at the front as well the rear making getting inside and out of the car easy. The interior is narrow and seating three abreast is tight, the rear seat is better suited for two adults.
The new Dzire is based on the ‘Heartect’ platform which is first seen on the Baleno in India, which improves the structural strength while reducing the overall weight of the car. Dual airbags, ISO Fix (child seat restraint system) and ABD with EBD are standard equipment across all the variants.
Engine and Performance
There are no changes under the hood. The 1.2 litre petrol engine (peak power 82hp @ 6000rpm and max torque 133Nm @ 4200 rpm) and 1.3 diesel unit (74hp @ 4000 rpm and max torque 190Nm @ 2000 rpm). There is a five-speed or automated manual transmission (AGS by Maruti) on both these engines.
The petrol is a smooth and silent operator. The power delivery is very much linear with quick throttle response. The engine is complemented well by the slick shifting transmission. The automated manual transmission on the petrol does a decent job, however, is not smooth as a fully automatic box or a CVT. The gear shifts can be manually operated in the Tiptronic mode.
The diesel engine is more fun to drive than the petrol variant, especially once the car gets past the 1750 rpm. There is a considerable boost in power once the turbo kicks in. However, the delay in pick up drains some of the driving pleasure inside the city.
Handling and Ride Comfort
Maruti has reworked on the suspension of the Dzire. The ride is softer and supple than the older model. The suspension feels more matured and absorbs bumps and undulations better. There is a slight body roll on tight twisties, but it’s a fair trade-off for a better ride. The steering has a decent feel and the feedback is better on the diesel Dzire.