With the Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift all set to be launched in the Indian car market, the B+ segment hatchback’s sibling, the Dzire compact sedan, will be the next target of a mid life makeover. The facelifted Dzire compact sedan will follow the Swift Facelift into the Indian car market. The Dzire is likely to be launched next month, with many of its new features shared with the Swift. Unlike the facelifted Swift, which features mild exterior changes, the design of the Dzire will change more discernably. Up front, the Dzire Facelift will receive smoked headlamps, a chromed front grille and a revised bumper.
New alloy wheels and rear parking sensors on the rear bumper will be the two other visible changes on the Dzire Facelift. In terms of engines and transmissions, the Dzire Facelift will retain the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder K-Series petrol and the 1.3 liter-4 cylinder Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engines, with power outputs of 86 Bhp-114 Nm and 74 Bhp-190 Nm respectively. The petrol motor will continue to use 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmissions, with the diesel motor using a 5 speed manual gearbox. Like the Swift Facelift, the facelifted Dzire petrol and diesel variants are expected to see significant mileage improvements.
In terms of new equipment on the inside, the facelifted Dzire compact sedan will gain a keyless entry system, a push-button start, a Bluetooth module for the stereo system, Bluetooth call answer and reject functions on the steering wheel, electrically retracting wing mirrors and a button to switch on and off parking sensors. With competition in the compact sedan segment increasing manifold, not to mention the new crop of sub-4 meter sedans planned for 2016 launches, the facelift for the Dzire could prove to be the proverbial ‘stitch in time’, allowing the compact sedan to retain its leadership in India.