From the looks of it, Maruti Suzuki will have a very busy festive season this year, with not one, not two, but three car launches lined up for the next few weeks. While the Ciaz C-Segment sedan is an all new product on Maruti Suzuki’s launch radar, two other best sellers are due for facelifts.
The production of the facelifted Swift hatchback has already commenced, and Maruti Suzuki has just begun rolling out the Dzire Facelift as well. While the 2nd generation Swift was launched in India during 2011, the Dzire followed the former into India during 2012. Ever since, both cars have been dominating sales charts in their respective segments.
Like the Swift Facelift, the Dzire Facelift will see minor design changes and equipment additions. Revised alloy wheels, a tweaked front end and a reprofiled front bumper are the changes that the facelifted Dzire is expected to receive.
In terms of new features, reverse parking sensors, push button start and keyless entry are likely to make it to the facelifted Dzire. In terms of engines and transmissions though, the Dzire Facelift will retain the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engines. 5 speed manual gearboxes will be standard, with a 4 speed automatic gearbox offered on the petrol variant as an option.
The Dzire’s Facelift comes at a time when the compact sedan is under huge pressure from new launches in its segment, the Honda Amaze, the Hyundai Xcent and the Tata Zest. More compact sedans are likely to join the field, with Ford’s 2015 Figo-based and the Vento-based compact sedans also in the works.
Though the Dzire has withstood the advances made by competition and has managed to continue being the best seller in its class, the facelift comes across as a measure designed to boost the Dzire’s appeal further. Expect the facelifted Dzire to be priced marginally higher than the pre-facelift version.
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