Maruti Suzuki India, the country's largest passenger carmaker, is to launch an all-new version of the Dzire on May 16, an entry level compact sedan that has sold 1.38 million units since it first appeared in early 2008 as the Swift Dzire.
Now, the company has made a decision to drop the prefix "Swift" from the name of the upcoming new generation Dzire.
Maruti Suzuki introduced a new Generation Dzire on Monday.
To make it distinct, Maruti Suzuki went beyond the regular facelifting process and started off from scratch.
The wheelbase has gone up by 20 mm which should translate to increased rear legroom, addressing one of the drawbacks that plauged the previous generation Swift.
"We have been working on this (new Dzire) inspite of the competition, not because of the competition".
Now to the Ford Figo Aspire, this sub-compact sedan comes with multinational steering wheel, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, day and night IRVM, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear-seat arm rest to name a few. While the engine options remain unchanged, the diesel model has gained mild-hybrid tech for efficiency. The headlights meanwhile come straight from the Swift. This model comes with nearly all latest features. You also get MirrorLink compatibility, while a neat touch is the inclusion of rear AC vents.
The design is completely new and the top spec, Z variants will get auto headlamps with LED projectors and DRLs.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire now accounts for an average sales between 16,000 to 18,000 units per month.
Under the hood, the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with the same 1.2 litre petrol engine that dishes out a power of 83BHP and 115Nm torque. Moreover, the new model will also be much frugal than the outgoing version. It would also feature auto-gear shift transmission in both petrol and diesel options.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is back to the game it started in 2012, of making sedans under four metres, the length limit which attracts lesser duties on a vehicle. Commenting on the upcoming model, MSI Executive Director R&D, C V Raman said the new Dzire has been developed on 5th generation Heartect platform, which helps in weight reduction and improves frame rigidity.