Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the best-selling sedan in the country today, and also feature among the 5 best selling cars in India. Even though the new Dzire is based on the 2018 Suzuki Swift, Maruti has decided to launch the compact sedan before its hatchback sibling, given the popularity of the Dzire in India. The 2018 Swift hatchback, on the other hand, will be launched early next year at the 2018 Auto Expo.
The all-new Dzire derives its exteriors and interiors from the International-spec Swift and looks much more aggressive and premium now. The third-gen car will also get a significant improvement in the features list as well as some mechanical updates too. Here's everything you need to know about the all-new Maruti Suzuki Dzire compact sedan in detail!
Right from the first-gen, Maruti Suzuki Dzire has borrowed its design cues from the popular Swift hatchback. Although there has been a notable tweaks to give it a distinctive identity, its basic silhouette has always echoed Swift's design, in a good way of course. The third-gen Dzire has maintained the same approach to exterior design by carrying forward the all-new 2018 Swift's design.
The notable changes, as compared to the outgoing model include a new hexagonal grille with chrome slats and chrome enclosure. The smoked out headlights, redesigned bumper and new fog-lights give it a unique identity upfront. The rear end of the new Dzire now gets redesigned tail-lights, a redesigned bumper and a humped boot lid, which integrates nicely to the rest of the body.
Updated cabin and Features
As with the exteriors, the cabin of the Dzire too, share common elements with the new Swift, but the differences here are noticeable. Case in point, the new Dzire gets a dashboard similar to the Swift with a 7-inch touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system and an automatic climate control with digital display. On the other hand, the flat-bottom steering wheel with wood inserts, the centre air-con vents and instrument cluster are new.
The material quality is said to be more premium with a focus on providing a premium feel. Like before, the car gets a dual-tone interior, and faux-wood inserts throughout the cabin. Among other features, the Dzire is expected to get a new set of alloy wheels, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights and a possible entry of Cruise Control system in the top-spec variant.
The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire will most likely retain the tried and tested set of 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. While both the units are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the petrol engine gets an automatic gearbox too, and the Diesel 1.3-litre unit gets an AGS gearbox, a big advantage for Maruti.
The good news though is, according to reports, the new Dzire can be adorned with the hybrid SHVS unit, to make it a more attractive offer. The SHVS engine is doing its duty on the Nexa Ciaz mid-size sedan and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV. We just hope Maruti adds the AGS gearbox to the SHVS unit.
The mileage of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire is already brilliant at 26.59 kmpl (diesel), and 20.85 kmpl (petrol). Adding an SHVS unit can further reduce its fuel consumption by at least 3-4 kmpl, making it the most fuel efficient car in India. Currently, the SHVS powered Ciaz is the most fuel efficient car in India with a mileage figure of 28.09 kmpl, the best among all the cars sold in India.
Competitive pricing has always been a strong point of the Maruti Suzuki cars in India. The outgoing compact sedan is priced at an attractive range of Rs 5.27 lakhs - Rs 8.89 lakhs. With all the bells and whistles added to the new Dzire, expect a price bump in the new model. Since Maruti has always been careful with the pricing of its product, the price hike is expected to be nominal, in a range of Rs 10000 - Rs 15000 only.