Maruti Suzuki Dzire is a successor to the Swift Dzire, which has been a best-seller for the brand. Maruti dropped the badge Swift from the new car as it is based on a different platform. The compact sedan is the first in its segment to come with an automatic transmission on bother petrol and diesel variants. The car has been given a premium list of features such as an infotainment system. The Dzire is also better at fuel efficiency as it weighs less that its predecessor.
The new Dzire is the first in its segment to offer automatic transmission (AGS) in both petrol and diesel variants.
ABS with EBD, dual airbags, ISOFIX, front seat belts with pre-tensioner and force limiter will be available on all variants as standard.
The top end Zxi and Zdi plus variants will get an infotainment system with voice control, navigation and AndroidAuto/Apple Car Play.
The new Dzire is based on the company's 'Heartect' B-platform that makes the sedan weigh lesser by up to 105 kg for the diesel and 85 kg for the petrol versions, which helps provide a better fuel efficiency. The Dzire comes with LED projector headlamps with DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), LED tail lamps, chrome embellished front grille and 15-inch alloy wheels.
The Dzire has better looking interior with dual tone colour schemes in black with faux wood and beige optional upholstery. The top versions get an infotainment system with voice control, navigation and Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
The new Dzire is available in both petrol and diesel variants. It continues to be powered by the same 1.2 litre petrol with 81 hp of power and 113 Nm of torque as well as a 1.3 litre diesel unit that generates 74 hp and 190 Nm of torque.
The engines are paired to an automatic transmission or what the company calls AGS - Auto Gear Shift, along with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The safety features consist of ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), dual front airbags, driver seat belt disengage warning, key left warning and door ajar warning as standard. The higher variants get speed sensing door lock, day and night adjustable IRVM (Internal Rear View Mirror), reverse parking sensors, reverse parking camera, rear defogger and front fog lamps.
The new platform has helped keep the weight of the car low, and hence it provides better fuel efficiency. The petrol engine has a claimed efficiency of 22 kmpl while the diesel is set a 28.5 kmpl.