Maruti Suzuki surprised us all last week, when they began testing the next-gen Dzire compact sedan, ahead of the 2017 Swift hatchback. This indicates that the new Dzire is likely to arrive first. Following this, we got our ace rendering artist sketching, and this is how the new compact sedan will look like!
For starters, the design. The new Dzire is expected mimic the looks of its hatchback sibling, the 2017 Swift. In other words, a much more aggressive front end is a given. The stubby boot will be retained though as the new Dzire will continue to be a sub-4 meter sedan. Also, the boot could be better integrated than before.
Like the 2017 Swift, the new compact sedan will share its platform with the Baleno. This translates into a much lighter car, which uses plenty of high tensile steel to boost structural rigidity while keeping weight low. Due to the lower kerb weight, expect both performance and fuel efficiency to be better.
On the inside too, the new Dzire could borrow cues from the 2017 Swift. A revamped dashboard design with modern infotainment features are more or less a given. Redesigned seats and better space management to make for a more comfortable interior are other things expected from the new version of India’s best selling compact sedan.
Status quo, but with key changes. The 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel motors are expected to power the new Dzire, but with SHVS mild hybrid technology in tow. The mild hybrid technology is likely to make the car more fuel efficient, and also qualify for government subsidies. 5 speed manual and AMT options are likely on both engines.
When’s it launching?
The 2017 Swift is likely to arrive into India by the next year’s festive season. Given that the new Dzire has already begun testing in India, a launch sometime in the middle of next year is likely. The Dzire’s current generation version was launched in 2012, and 5 years is about the right time for a car to be replaced by an all-new model.
The new Dzire will replace the current model, and Maruti already has the Ciaz sitting in the C-Segment sedan space. This essentially means that Maruti is likely to price the car similar to the outgoing version, more so since competition in the compact sedan space is getting fiercer each passing year. Expect prices of the new Dzire to start from about 5 lakh rupees.