The 2017 Dzire has been launched today with deliveries already under process. Competitive prices and all new platform and a host of kit, makes it a strong contender in a closely contested segment. The list of segment first goes on for days. The new Dzire has sent shockwaves through the segment, but does that mean it deserves the crown. Check out this gallery to see how it weighs up against the competition.
Chassis : The new Dzire benefits from an all new independent platform that Maruti is calling the ‘HEARTECT’ platform which is a derivative of the current Baleno platform. This is likely to translate to better high speed stability and collision strength. Not to mention weight, the Diesel will shed 105 kgs while the Petrol manages a respectable 85 kgs. The Ameo on the other hand is still derivation of the Polo’s platform and the same thing goes for the Xcent and the Aspire which, derive their platforms from the i10 and the Figo respectively.
Engines: All cars have sub 1.5 litre engines. However, this is one of the few places where the Dzire loses out. It is the least powerful engine in the segment for both petrol and diesel making only 83 and 74hp respectively. However, the Dzire does trump the segment as far as fuel efficiency goes with the petrol variant claiming 22kmpl, while the diesel claims 28kmpl (which makes it India's most fuel efficient car)
Transmission : All four cars have 5 speed manual gearboxes, in manual trim. However, the Aspire loses out here again as it's the only car that doesn’t come with an automatic option. The Ameo and the Xcent have diesel automatics at the very top of their range. Wheras, Maruti have played another master-stroke by being the first in the segment to offer both petrol and diesel with an automatic transmission.
Interiors : Interestingly, all four manufacturers seem to have gone for the all beige theme at the top end. However, again the newest kid on the block takes the metaphoric biscuit. Adding value to the interiors with the faux wood inserts on the dash. All four cars have no shortage of cubby-holes for nick-nacks and bottle holders, and the difference between them here is as little as makes no difference. The Ameo and the Dzire are the only two to sport the aesthetically designed flat bottomed steering wheel.
Headlamps: The Dzire gets segment busting projector headlamps, which add to the premium appeal. It joins the Xcent in the DRL department, although the Baleno get the DRLs on the headlamp unit while the Xcent sports its DRL above the fog lamps. The Aspire and the Ameo however get standard dual beam headlights which put them on a back foot in an ever evolving market. This is a perfect example of how Maruti Suzuki intends to position the Baleno vis-a-vis the competition. Placing at the forefront of the segment. Fog lamps are available in the top models of all four cars.
Infotainment: The infotainment system is quite literally the party piece of every car. Again the 2017 DZire seems to eeke away from the competition. Being the only one in the segment to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also brings navigation to the segment. The Ameo and the Xcent both get touch screen, colour infotainment systems with all the bells and whistles. However, the Figo Aspire still flaunts Fords slightly dated infotainment unit which it share with the EcoSport. Although the infotainment system does not play a vital role in functionality it does add large value to the aesthetic appeal of the car and this could be a tipping point against the Ford.
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