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New Maruti Dzire hits the taxi circuit in India

The Maruti Dzire is not just India’s best-selling sedan in the private car buyer segment but is also the country’s best-selling taxi. In fact, a big chunk of the massive sales numbers that the Dzire racks up each month comes from the taxi segment. However, the Maruti Dzire’s presence in the taxi segment was limited to the first and second generation models till now. All that has changed now. Here are the first pictures of the new Maruti Dzire (3rd generation) doing taxi duty.

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These pictures are from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. Now that the new Maruti Dzire has hit the taxi circuit in one state of India, it’s just a matter of time before similar things happen in other parts of our country. Keep your eyes peeled out for more taxi-badged new Dzires.

The 3rd generation Maruti Dzire was launched in India last year, and is based on the HEARTECT platform. The new platform used high strength, light weight steel that has allowed Maruti engineers to keep the weight of the car low, so much so that the latest generation Dzire is the lightest one ever built.

This lightness gives big benefits in the form of better pick up and fuel efficiency. Also, Maruti claims that the body strength of the car has not been compromised as the steel used in the HEARTECT platform is high tensile in nature, and that it offers better strength than the steel used in the previous models.

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The new Dzire is offered with two engine and two gearbox options. The engines have been carried over from the previous generation model. The petrol engine is the 1.2 litre K-Series unit with 82 Bhp-113 Nm. 5 speed manual and AMT options are offered with this engine.

The diesel engine is the 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet unit running a fixed geometry turbocharger. This motor makes 74 Bhp 190 Nm, and gets two gearbox options – 5 speed manual and AMT. The latest Maruti Dzire sold in India gets twin airbags and ABS as standard across trims.

The new car features beige interiors with wood trim on the dashboard. The overall fit and finish has gone up and the car feels more premium than before. Prices of the Dzire start from Rs. 5.6 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Competitors of the Dzire include the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Tigor, Volkswagen Ameo and Ford Figo Aspire.

Via AutoToday