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24 April 2017

All-new Maruti DZire coming May 16

Maruti has just unveiled the all-new Dzire. Here's all you need to know about it

Devesh Shobha
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Maruti has revealed everything about its soon-to-be-launched Dzire. But before that, the carmaker confirms it is dropping the Swift moniker from its compact sedan’s name and it will only be called the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. But how different is the all new Dzire – these six points will help you understand that.

Platform
This is big news for the new Dzire. Underpinning the new sedan is Maruti’s latest Heartect Platform that also forms the basis for the Baleno hatch. New platform means there’s better optimisation in terms of space, ride and comfort. Maruti has re-calibrated the suspension for better bump absorption, wheelbase has been increased by 21mm which along with the wheels been pushed to the max, the new sedan offers 50mm more legroom at the rear. You can now also stuff 60 litres of additional cargo than before – thanks to a bigger, better shaped boot. Maruti wanted to make its sedan look a bit more wider and low slung than before, as a result it now sits a bit lower at 163mm from the ground – that’s 7mm of GC lost.

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Engines
The new Dzire will continue to be powered by the 1.3-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol motors as before. It will also continue to use the same 5-speed manual ‘box, however, new to the sedan will be a 5-speed AMT or AGS in Maruti speak for both the diesel and petrol motors. While power ratings remain the same, Maruti claims it has re-tuned the motors for better driveability. Plus, the new sedan is also around 85-105kg lighter than the current car, which should ideally aid driveability and efficiency.

Design
While the new Dzire has a bolder, sharper face, it has a similar silhouette as the older car. However, Maruti has fine-tuned its styling to make it look more like a proper sedan rather than a three-box iteration of a hatchback. So, where the A-pillar and the glass area were ditto to the hatchback in the past, the new car gets a sweeping A-pillar and the C-pillar now integrates better with the new boot section. The overall design also looks a lot better finished and well proportioned than the current car.

Cabin
Interior design is refreshing and the dual layered dash looks plush. Quality of materials used is now better and we like the new instrument cluster, the audio system and the air-con switches. The new flat-bottom steering wheel is also a first for Maruti and the carmaker says reprofiled seats will now offer better cushioning. Overall, the cabin feels a lot better put together and roomier than before.


Safety
With its all-new 5th generation B platform, Maruti has increased the Dzire’s overall structural rigidity and it claims it has superior crashworthiness than before. It also comes with dual airbags and ABS as standard across variants. Like most global carmakers, Maruti too is offering the ISOFIX child restraint system across the range.

Features
Maruti has bumped up the new Dzire’s features list with LED projector headlamps with DRLs and smart infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link and rear AC vents to name a few. Manual gearbox will be offered in four variants, LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi+, while the AGS can be had in the top three trims (similar for diesel variants).

To be launched on May 16, the Dzire will take on the likes of the newly launched Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire and Tata Zest. While Maruti is tight lipped as far as pricing goes, we expect the carmaker to charge a slight premium over the older car, yet to be highly competitive in this closely fought segment.


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