Maruti Suzuki has launched the all-new DZire in India. The third-generation vehicle is a complete overhaul of the model. Light-weight platform, sharp new looks, better interiors, improved performance – it’s a bold package.
The all-new DZire is priced from Rs. 5.45 lakh rupees (ex-showroom Delhi), making it an attractive proposition against its competitors – Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest, Tata Tigor and Volkswagen Ameo.
More significantly, the new Dzire comes in a whopping, 14 different variants. That’s a very large number of choices to decide from. Here’s our low-down on the variants.
Petrol: LXi – 5.45 lakhs, VXi – 6.29 lakhs , VXi AMT – 6.76 lakhs, ZXi – 7.05 lakhs, ZXi AMT – 7.52 lakhs, ZXi+ – 7.94 lakhs and ZXi+ AMT – 8.41 lakhs.
Diesel: LDi – 6.45 lakhs, VDi – 7.29 lakhs , VDi AMT – 7.76 lakhs, ZDi – 8.05 lakhs, ZDi AMT – 7.52 lakhs, ZDi+ – 8.94 lakhs and ZDi+ AMT – 9.41 lakhs.
L Trim: LXi and LDi – The base variant of the car comes with basic steel wheels, dual-tone interiors, manual air conditioning system, and tilt-adjustable steering.
V Trim: VXi, VXi AMT, VDi and VDi AMT – In addition to the equipment in the base variant, the mid-level variant of the car gets wheel covers, body-coloured bumpers and wing mirrors, faux wood inserts in the cabin, tachometer, remote locking, audio system with CD, USB, Bluetooth and AUX-in. The mid variant also gets rear AC vents, rear centre armrest, central locking, power windows, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and height adjustable driver seat.
Z Trim: ZXi, ZXi AMT, ZDi and ZDi AMT – The top-end variant comes with 15-inch precision cut alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, fog lamps, rear defogger, key-less go, auto climate control and electrically retractable wing mirrors.
Z+ Trim: ZXi+, ZXi+ AMT, ZDi+ and ZDi+ AMT – The Z+ trim is introduced with the new model and gets loaded with tech and equipment. In addition to the Z level trim, the Z+ gets LED projector headlamps with auto-on function, reverse parking and Maruti’s SmartPlay infotainment system.
The all-new DZire inherits nothing from the predecessor. The compact sedan is built on a new, lightweight HEARTECT platform that also underpins the Baleno. The new DZire looks extremely different from the older one. The car looks way better with sharply raked A-Pillar and C-Pillar, giving it a more sedan-like silhouette.
The front gets a similar face like the all-new Swift. There is a trapezoidal grille that gets heavy chrome coating on the top-end variant. The bumper has been redesigned too. The headlamps get DRLs and first-in-segment LED projector lamps. The DZire also gets all-LED tail lamps, and 15-inch precision cut alloy wheels that look unique and premium.
The car is now shorter by 40 mm, giving it a sleeker look. It also becomes wider by 40 mm while the wheelbase increases by 20 mm making it roomier. The boot space has also increased by 60-liters, at 376-liters. The new DZire’s ground clearance is lowered by 7 mm, to 163 mm.
Anything new on the inside?
Maruti has also worked thoroughly on the interiors on the vehicle. The dashboard is all-new, and it gets a touch-sensitive infotainment screen, similar to the ones seen on Ignis, Baleno and Brezza. The steering wheel is also new with a flat-bottom layout, and it also gets faux wood accents. The infotainment system gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support with navigation.
Maruti has also added rear AC vents in the new model. Also, there is a 12V charging socket for the rear passengers. Due to the wider body, the DZire now has more shoulder room for a comfortable ride. The leg space and the knee room has also increased by quite a bit.
What drives the new DZire?
Maruti has continued with the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine options with the all-new DZire. While the power and torque stays the same, performance and efficiency have increased by a good margin. That’s because the DZire has lost 105 kg of weight (base diesel variant) and the 85 kg from the base petrol models, and that has boosted both mileage and performance.
The petrol engine is a 1.2-liter, K-Series four-cylinder motor that develops a maximum of 83 Bhp-114 Nm. The diesel engine is a 1.3-litre Multijet unit that generates a maximum of 75 Bhp-190 Nm. Both petrol and diesel engine gets 5-speed manual and AMT automatic gearboxes. Due to the lighter weight, the petrol powered DZire now returns a maximum of 22 km/l while the diesel variant of the car has become the most fuel efficient diesel car in India with claimed mileage of 28.4 km/l.
What about safety?
Maruti claims that the new DZire meets the future safety regulations – BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program). The car also comes with standard ABS and dual airbags across the variants. The ISOFIX child-seat hooks are also standard in the vehicle.
In summary: the variants cover a wide range of customer preferences, including the new Z+ variant which is loaded with tech features. It’s a complete package.