Maruti Suzuki has just started shipping the Dzire sub-4 meter compact sedan to South Africa. One such Dzire exported to South Africa has been customised with a body kit that includes front- and rear-bumper extensions and side skirts. Here’s what the customized Dzire looks like.
The car wears the same diamond cut alloy wheels that are offered on the higher grades of the compact sedan sold in India. In South Africa, the Dzire is sold as a petrol-only car. It uses the 1.2-litre K-Series, naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine. This engine makes 82 Bhp-113 Nm, and gets a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. A 5-speed AMT is offered as an option. The Dzire sold in India gets a diesel engine option as well. The diesel motor displaces 1.3-litres and makes 74 Bhp-190 Nm. Both 5-speed manual and AMT options are offered with the diesel engined Dzire here.
The Dzire is based on the HEARTECT platform that it shares with other Maruti cars, such as the Swift and Baleno. The platform uses high tensile steel that is strong yet light. As a result, the new Dzire is significantly lighter compared to the 2nd generation version. The new Dzire is more fuel-efficient and peppier than the older version. The car also gets twin airbags and ABS as standard safety features across the variant line-up. It also gets a SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
In India, the Dzire is the country’s highest selling sedan. In the past few months, the Dzire has even overtaken India’s best selling car, the Maruti Alto. The car is bought not only by private buyers but also by cab operators. This makes the Dzire a much stronger seller than most cars priced less than half of it. The new Dzire is more spacious than the one it replaced, and also offers much better interiors. However, Maruti has ensured that the car is priced very competitively in India. These factors come together to make the Dzire a terrific seller, with Maruti laughing all the way to the bank.