The Maruti Dzire compact sedan has done it again. It’s just outsold every other car in India during April 2018, with sales of 25,935 units. The second best selling car – the Swift – managed 22,776 units, while the Alto sold 21,233 units in the same month. The Dzire compact sedan has been going great guns, ever since its launch in 2016. The new Dzire is based on the HEARTECT, lightweight platform that it shares with the Swift hatchback. The car also shares its engines and gearboxes with the Swift. Together, the Swift and Dzire have sold nearly 50,000 units in April 2018, making them the most successful hatchback-sedan duo in India, ever.
The Dzire’s strong sales is due to the fact that the compact sedan is popular not just with personal car buyers but also with cab operators, especially those who are attached to cab aggregating apps, such as Uber and Ola. Maruti continues to sell the 2nd generation Dzire in India as a cab-only model. It’s called the Dzire Tour, and brings in big numbers each month, specifically through sales to cab operators. The 3rd generation Dzire however, is sold mainly to family car buyers, who seek more premiumness and sharper looks. While the Dzire Tour is sold with diesel and petrol-CNG options, the 3rd generation Dzire gets petrol and diesel motors.
The 3rd generation Dzire’s petrol variants use the 1.2 litre K-Series petrol engine with 82 Bhp-113 Nm outputs. This engine is paired with 5-speed manual and AMT options. The diesel variants are powered by the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet motor with 74 Bhp and 190 Nm. Like the petrol variants, the diesel engined Dzire also gets 5-speed manual and AMT options. Twin airbags and ABS are standard across all variants of the Dzire. The top-end model gets Maruti’s Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. The car features beige interiors with wood inserts to add a dash of premiumness. Prices of the Dzire start from Rs. 5.56 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.