Maruti Dzire 2017 launched in India, prices start at Rs. 5.45 lakh
After marking a successful decade-long run with its first two generations, Maruti Suzuki’s popular compact sedan is back. However, this time, the country’s largest carmaker has made some serious steps that give it an identity of its own. And it all starts with the name; welcome the 2017 Maruti Dzire.
Noticed something? No Swift branding this time around. Why so? Well, Maruti claims that the Dzire is an all-new car, and not something that is based on its hatchback. As a result, the Swift name, which was seen as a prefix on the first two generations has now been given a farewell as the third-gen model only comes with the DZIRE badge on its tailgate, in capitals!
The 2017 Maruti Dzire comes with two engine options – a petrol and a diesel, with both of them getting a 5-speed manual as standard and a 5-speed AMT as an option. There are a total of four trim levels on offer with both engine options – LXi/LDi, VXi/VDi, ZXi/ZDi, and ZXi+/ZDi+.
Maruti hasn’t changed the engine options on offer. And to be honest, this can’t really be considered to be a negative point. The 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3 diesel engines that have been carried forward from the previous-gen model are one of the best power plants in this segment.
In terms of design, the new Dzire is a big leap forward from the earlier gen model. It gets a new front face that is inspired from the new-gen Swift that is already on sale in Europe and Japan. However, the front bumper and grille are all-new, which successfully manage to differentiate the two cars. The side gets a more seamless integration of the boot lid and a new set of 15-inch diamond cut dual tone alloys. The rear offers a similar arrangement – number plate housing in the middle, a chrome bar stretching above and a pair of wrap around taillights.
The Dzire will continue to compete in the highly populated compact sedan segment. It will thus rival against the likes of the Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Ford Aspire. The recently launched Tata Tigor might also be considered to be a competent rival.
Next-gen Maruti Dzire 2017 Price List
Despite giving comprehensive changes to the exteriors and interiors of the Dzire, Maruti Suzuki has managed to keep the prices competitive. The base variant of the petrol lineup is priced at Rs. 5.45 lakh, while that of the diesel range costs Rs. 6.45 lakh. The top-end diesel automatic is pegged at Rs. 9.41 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
Next-gen Maruti Dzire 2017 Technical Specifications
No changes have been made in regards to the engine options on offer with the new Dzire. As a result, the Maruti compact sedan continues to be available with a 1.2-litre K series petrol engine that churns out 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque, and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel rated at 74 bhp and 190 Nm. Both these engines are available with either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox.
Maruti Dzire Fuel Efficiency
Maruti is claiming that the new Dzire 2017 will be the most economical car in India with a fuel economy figure of 22 km/l for the petrol and 28.40 km/l for the diesel models.
Maruti Dzire Colours
The new Dzire is available in 6 colours namely – Silky silver, Gallant red, Oxford blue, Magma grey, Pearl arctic white and Sherwood brown.
Maruti Dzire Competition
The Maruti Swift Dzire 2017 will fight it out with the likes of the Tata Zest, Volkswagen Ameo, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, and the Ford Aspire in the highly competitive compact sedan space.
The new Dzire continues to be inspired from the new-gen Swift that has already been revealed in international markets. However, Maruti has made some major tweaks to differentiate the two cars. These include a new broader front grille with chrome lining, a revised front bumper, new A-pillar, and larger rear doors. The tail gets a vertically raked bootlid, while the windscreen slopes in smoothly to give the car a complete sedan look, a departure from the wedge-type shape of the earlier model.
It comes with projector headlamps at the front with LED DRLs. The headlamps are much larger than the ones found on the outgoing models, while the DRLs have been given a U-shape layout to form a cup-like structure. The taillights too get LED light guides that appear to be slightly elongated versions of the bull horn shaped elements found in the taillights of the Vitara Brezza. The side profile is now a lot more proportionate, while the wheel wells have been adequately filled.
The new Dzire comes with a dual tone interior layout across all variants with some faux wood inserts added on the dashboard, steering wheel and front door pads. The centre console gets new AC vents and a 7-inch touchscreen system that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and rear camera support. The rear bench gets an independent AC vent, a new centre armrest with two cup holders, and an increased kneeroom.
Maruti claims that since the new Dzire has increased dimensional proportions, the rear seat offers much better kneeroom, shoulder room and head room. The boot space too has been given an increment of 62 litre, as it is now 378 litre large.