The Maruti Suzuki has been India’s best selling sedan for years, and for many months the country’s highest selling car. The current sales slowdown in the auto industry hasn’t really affected the Maruti Dzire. The car continues to log over 15,000 monthly units on an average. Maruti Suzuki has launched two new TVCs for the Dzire, showing the car’s styling and key features. The ads project the Dzire as an upmarket car meant for younger buyers, and showcases the automated manual transmission option (that’s available on both the petrol and diesel variants of the car), and the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Meanwhile, check out the TVCs.
The Dzire sold in India is in its third generation, and is based on the HEARTECT platform that uses high tensile steel, which is said to make the car light yet strong. The Dzire shares its platform, and much of its styling with the Swift hatchback. The sub-4 meter compact sedan is offered with two engine options: a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder K-Series petrol engine with 82 Bhp-113 Nm, and a 1.3 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 74 Bhp-190 Nm.
Both these engines get 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard while both engines also get 5 speed automated manual transmissions (AMT) as options. The petrol automatic and diesel automatic variants of the Dzire make it among the segment’s least priced automatic option. The car gets twin airbags, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts, seat belt reminder and ABS as standard safety features.
Come early 2020, the Dzire will dump the diesel engine to become a petrol-only sedan. The car is likely to be offered with a CNG-Petrol dual fuel option, which is already available on the Dzire Tour (2nd generation taxi-only version) that uses the same 1.2 liter K0-Series motor. Also, Maruti already offers the Dzire Petrol in Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) trim. The diesel engine that the Dzire is currently offered with will not be made BS6 compliant.
Maruti has also noted that the re-introduction of a diesel engine option in its cars will happen only if there’s enough demand in future. So, if you want to buy a Dzire Diesel with a manual or AMT option, the time to buy one is now. Maruti dealers across India are offering hefty discounts of upto Rs. 50,000 on the car. The compact sedan competes with the likes of the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Ford Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and Tata Tigor.