Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview
Unabashedly, Maruti Suzuki DZire has been the country’s best-selling sedan ever since its launch around five years back in 2012. It has been clocking sales in excess of 12000 units on an average basis per month, which is way more than the combined sales of all its competitors. However, with time, the sedan started losing its charm and shine, while the sales also witnessed a gradual dip. Henceforth, in order to retain the good old days and reclaim the glory, Maruti Suzuki has brought the all-new DZire sedan with fresh styling, updated cabin and increased mileage. The sedan is offered in both petrol and diesel fuel trims in four trim levels: LXi/LDi, VXi/VDi, ZXi/ZDi and ZXi+/ZDi+.Underpinning the lightweight ‘HEARTEC’ architecture, borrowed from the Baleno hatch, it is available with AMT gearbox with V grade onwards in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The new car comes packed with a plethora of advanced features, while paramount importance is given to safety with ABS, EBD, BA and dual airbags as standard across the entire variant range. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Design & Style
While the styling is from the Swift hatchback, a lot of effort has been put to make the Dzire look like a proper sedan. The fascia and the presence of a large blacked-out grille gives a very unique character. The thin chrome strip around the grille add to the overall appeal. The swept-back headlamp unit which houses the projector headlamp looks premium. The bumper too, is nicely shaped and sports large air intakes. Even though it’s a small inclusion, but having L-shaped chrome strips around the fog lamps does enhance the overall look.
Move over to its side and there are two things that are bound to catch your attention. First, the 15-inch alloy wheels that gets some fantastic design. Second, the curvy and the flowing lines on the body shell which makes the Dzire look proportionate. This was something that was missing on the outgoing model. The A-pillar looks well integrated into the body and the C-pillar merges nicely with the boot. The rear of the new Dzire looks matured, thanks to the wide hips and wheel arches. The large horizontal chrome strip at the rear and LED taillight flows well with the overall design.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Cabin & Comfort
The insides of the car are as fresh as the exterior. The beige and black theme continues but the design is all new. Plastics are hard and quality isn’t too different from the outgoing car; in fact, several bits seem to be directly lifted from there. However, some bits feel really nice. The flat-bottom steering wheel, for example, looks and feels incredible; even the buttons on it are of high quality. The instrument console looks crisp and the needles at zero-degree position, like the Ignis, feel sporty. The new front seats are supportive and comfy, and the cushioning feels a bit softer than before. There’s ample height adjustment for the driver’s seat, and the steering gets tilt adjustment too. Ergonomics on the whole are agreeable, and there are a good amount of storage areas around as well. The audio system integration, however, feels like an after-thought and doesn’t gel well with the design. Also, the wood insert on the dashboard might pass of as being classy at first glance, but look closely and it feels a bit low grade. Then, there’s the inside mirror which is small and the large front neck restraints hinder visibility. The front passenger footwell eats into the legroom, resulting in a slightly off-centre seating position.
This new Dzire has a longer wheelbase of 2,450mm and, as a result, legroom has improved at the back. Two tall people can sit one behind another in reasonable comfort. However, headroom for taller occupants at the back is very tight. Despite being much wider than before and than the competition too, a third occupant at the back will be a tight squeeze. What’s nice is that there are air-con vents and a 12V power socket at the back now. The Dzire’s boot has grown in size too, measuring a far more respectable 378 litres, and it is practically shaped too. The loading lip, though, is still a bit high.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine & Gearbox
Under the hood, the new 2017 Dzire continues to get the 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol motor and the proven 1.3-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. The former churns out 82bhp and 113Nm of peak torque and the latter generates 74bhp and 190Nm of maximum torque. The Gurgaon-based manufacturer is offering these engines with a five-speed manual and automated manual transmission options. We spent driving the petrol version which turned out to be really good. The petrol motor is refined and incredibly silent at idle. Hit the throttle and the Dzire shows eagerness to get in motion. The vehicle pulls as low as 1100rpm and builds power up in a linear fashion all the way till 3000rpm. After that, the power delivery is almost flat till 4000rpm. Post 4000rpm, the revs start to build up and the sporty sound from the motor is nice to hear. The vehicle pulls all the way till 6500rpm before asking for a gear change.
The five-speed manual gearbox offers precise and smooth shifts. The short throws and the light clutch makes the overall experience pleasurable. The AMT setup works well with this motor too. Other than the head nod while changing gears, there are no other issues. The shifts take a little time, but that’s the nature of AMT. For spirited driving, there’s also manual modes.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Driving Dynamics
The all-new DZire sedan comes with the same set of petrol and diesel engines but it is being learnt that the company has improved driving dynamics and performance. The handling has also seen improvement due to the inclusion of a new flat-bottomed steering wheel. The cabin noise is also quite less in the diesel variants as Maruti has worked extensively on NVH levels.The ride quality is on the softer side and the setup soaks up all the bumps and undulations brilliantly. However, at low speeds, there’s a noticeable stiffness. Straight-line stability is brilliant, thanks to longer wheelbase, and that gives an opportunity to stay in triple digit speeds. The steering wheel is light, which is a boon for the city use. But there’s a bit of vagueness at high speeds which plays a spoilsport. Obviously, the new Dzire is not supposed to behave like a hot hatch, but a bit of connection with the road would have been appreciated.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Safety & Security
All-new Maruti Suzuki DZire gets disc brake at the front and drum brake at the rear. It can be termed as the best sedan in the segment as Maruti has paid utmost importance to the safety aspect by offering Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), dual front airbags, ISOFix Child Seat Anchorages, and Front seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load limiters as standard fitments across the entire variant range.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,44,706/- (Dzire LXI) to 9,41,084/- (Dzire ZDI Plus AT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Dzire from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Dzire price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Bottomline
Maruti, as ever, has its fingers on the pulse of the Indian market, and this new Dzire is tailor-made to cater to the demands and needs of customers. It’s got all the right ingredients – space, practicality, comfort, good equipment on top variants, fuel-efficient engines and, above everything, the backing of Maruti’s extensive sales and support network. Also, the inclusion of ABS with EBD, and dual airbags as standard across the range is an excellent move that’s sure to go down well with increasingly safety-conscious Indians. With a wide introductory price range of Rs 5.45-9.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), there should be a Dzire variant for everyone. There’s little doubt then, despite the rise of the compact SUV, and doubts about the longevity of this segment in the light of the upcoming GST implementation, that Maruti seems to have another blockbuster on its hands.