Maruti launched the new Dzire on Feb 2012 and it was an instant success. The original Dzire was launched on 26th March 2008 and simply put, was the Swift hatchback with an added boot and a wee bit of extra rear passenger space. A Maruti sedan with a diesel engine at a competitive pricing meant sure shot success for the sedan.The biggest change in the new Dzire is the shortening of the boot. It’s a known fact that the Indian government gives tax benefits to cars which are less than 4 metres in length (the Indigo CS being the perfect example) and hence to get the new Dzire’s price less than the older one, Maruti engineers got down to the exercise of, well, making the overall length less. And this is where the new version is getting a lot of criticism.
The front end is all-new, like the new Swift, though at the same time, the radiator grille and bumper are slightly different from its hatchback sibling. The rear tail lamps seem to have taken cues from the Kizashi premium sedan. Inside the all-black treatment isn’t to everyone’s liking and thankfully, the new Dzire has a different color them on the inside. Step in and you immediately feel the sense of space which is due to the usage of light color for the bottom half of the fascia. The faux wood strip on the front doors as well as below the side air-con vents up front looks premium. The new Dzire also has a longer wheelbase which liberates more leg and knee room.
Further, the back-rest is inclined more and the rear of the front seat scooped. All these changes add up to more space at the back. In engines, it has the FIAT’s much acclaimed 74 bhp 1.3-litre Multi-jet engine. In traffic, the new diesel Dzire is a much better companion at low engine speeds, however, it can still not match up to the fantastic Mahindra Verito, Nissan Sunny or the Toyota Etios in this regard. That said, once on the boil, the engine comes into its own and the car is a hoot to drive fast. The icing on the cake comes in the form of improved fuel economy, which according to ARAI now stands at 23.4kmpl! The petrol engine is the same used on the earlier Dzire though with changes, now produces a couple of Bhp extra as in 84 bhp. The intake gets variable valve technology and Maruti has tuned the engine for efficiency.
This is evident by the fact that as per ARAI, the new petrol Dzire runs 19.1km to a litre. Drive the petrol version and you are impressed by it smooth and rev-happy nature. In suspension, the new one scores heavily over the older version in many ways. Based on the new Swift platform, the driving feel has improved massively. The car has a longer wheelbase and wider track – two essential things for stability. You get a feel of a well planted car, one which feels matured to drive, with the feeling of being from a higher segment. A massive improvement has been the ride quality which is now up there with the best in the class. Prices start at Rs 4.8 lakhs to 7.3 lakhs ex-showrrom. It is a great car and brilliant value. For a detailed analysis read below..