Maruti Suzuki currently has the longest line-up of CNG vehicles in India. They recently launched the CNG version of the much-awaited Dzire. It is being offered in two variants, VXi and ZXi. Here, we have a walkaround video of the VXi variant of the Dzire CNG.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by Khushal Kumar. The video starts by showing the front fascia of the new Dzire CNG. You do get a CNG sticker on the front windshield. The next shot is of the boot where we can see the CNG cylinder being placed. There is still a decent amount of boot space left for bags. The filling nozzle is not integrated into the fuel tank lid, instead, there is a separate area behind the fuel lid through where the CNG will get filled.
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There are halogen headlamps, chrome on the fog lamp surrounds and grille. There are no fog lamps on offer though. The compact sedan is finished in white colour. On the sides, there are 14-inch steel wheels with wheel covers and the tyres are from Apollo. You do get turn indicators mounted on the outside rearview mirrors and they do have electric adjustment. The door handles and outside rearview mirrors are finished in body colour. The tail lamps are also the same as the regular Dzire.
The interior is finished in black and beige and there is chrome on the interior door handles. To add a premium touch to the cabin, there is a faux wooden insert on the dashboard. There is seat height adjustment, flat-bottom steering wheel, manual air conditioning, audio controls mounted on steering wheel, analogue instrument cluster, multi-information display. The MID has been updated to show a CNG gauge which is a good thing.
A button has been placed on the right side of the steering wheel to change whether the engine should run on CNG or petrol. Maruti Suzuki is offering four parking sensors and there is an infotainment system on offer too. There is a 12V accessory socket, USB input and AUX connectivity along with Bluetooth. The rear occupants also get a 12V accessory socket and their own AC vents.
Engine and gearbox
The engine is the same DualJet, Dual VVT, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated unit with a displacement of 1.2-litres. The engine produces 90 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque while running on petrol. While running on CNG, the power output decreases to 77 PS and the torque decreases to 98.5 Nm.
There are two gearbox options available, there is a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed AMT. The CNG variants are offered only with the manual gearbox. The Petrol MT returns 23.26 kmpl, Petrol AMT delivers 24.12 kmpl whereas the CNG MT is expected to deliver 31.12 kmpl. All the fuel efficiency figures are reported by the manufacturer.
The VXi CNG has been priced at Rs. 8.14 lakhs whereas the ZXi CNG costs Rs. 8.82 lakhs. The petrol Dzire starts from Rs. 6.09 lakhs and goes up to Rs. 9.13 lakhs. All the prices are ex-showroom.
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