Maruti Suzuki has cranked up the mileage button yet again and has produced a new champion in the “Kitna Deti Hain” department. The Dzire compact sedan’s facelifted version is now India’s most fuel efficient car with an ARAI certified 26.59 Kmpl mileage figure. With these figures, the Dzire has just beaten the Ciaz Diesel, which until the arrival of the former was India’s most fuel efficient car. While the 26.59 Kmpl fuel efficiency number is for the diesel powered model, the petrol and petrol-automatic variants also show significant fuel efficiency improvements. How has India’s leading automaker managed to achieved this? Well, that’s still a mystery.
While the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine retains its 74 Bhp-190 Nm power and torque outputs, the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol motor goes easy on the power numbers, which dip to 84 Bhp from 86 Bhp, while torque sees an upward revision to 115 Nm, from the previous number of 114 Nm. Fuel efficiency goes up to 20.85 Kmpl, up from 19.1 Kmpl while the automatic variant now delivers 18.5 Kmpl, up from 17.4 Kmpl. Pre-bookings for the car are now open. The car’s facelift adds a bevy of features, making the Dzire a compelling option. These changes are expected to give the Dzire a further boost in sales numbers, helping the car retain its leadership position convincingly.
Meanwhile, prices of the facelifted Maruti Suzuki Dzire have already leaked onto the interweb. The refreshed compact sedan gets a bunch of new features and stylistic changes. Design changes include the addition of a new front grille splashed chrome, reprofiled front and rear bumpers, new fog lamp housings at the front and smoked headlamps. On the inside, feature additions are similar to those on the facelifted Swift, and include electrically folding wing mirrors, keyless entry, start-stop button Bluetooth connectivity, power socket for rear passengers and a faux wood finish for the dashboard.
The Dzire will gain an automated manual transmission (AMT) in the months to come, along with stablemates – the Swift and the Ertiga. The AMT unit will be added to the diesel powered version of the Dzire, and the automated transmission is expected to deliver high fuel efficiency, comparable to that of the manual gearbox equipped compact sedan powered by the Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine. Another feature that is likely to make it to the Dzire is a start-stop system.