Diesel engines rose to popularity for their frugal nature. Continuous improvement in technology has also made them almost as reliable as their petrol counterparts. So, if you're out in the market to go for a diesel sedan that also gives the best mileage for every drop of fuel, there's a new car in the market that can just do that.
Maruti Suzuki launched the new 2017 Dzire in India with the same set of engines as before. However, the car is lighter than before as it is based on the new Heartect platform. The diesel engine is still the 1.3-litre unit that makes 75PS of maximum power and 190Nm of peak torque at 2000rpm. It continues to come with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The claimed fuel efficiency for the Dzire stands at 28.4kmpl, which tops the chart now replacing the Ciaz hybrid. Maruti Suzuki claims 28.09kmpl for the Ciaz hybrid, which is also powered by the same diesel engine. Under the Ciaz' hood, the 1.3-litre unit makes 90PS of peak power.
Amongst compact diesel sedans, the Ford Aspire claims the second spot now. Ford claims a figure of 25.83kmpl for the diesel Aspire which gets a 5-speed manual transmission.
The new Dzire shares the platform and the engines with the Baleno hatchback however when it comes to drinking habits; the Dzire is more frugal as Maruti Suzuki claims 27.4kmpl for the Baleno diesel. The Baleno diesel also gets a 5-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, the Baleno is lighter than the Dzire by 5kg, but the Dzire is still more efficient.
The Dzire is also priced competitively with the base diesel variant costing Rs 6.45 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and top-end Zxi+ AMT going up to Rs 9.41 lakh ex-showroom Delhi (both prices as of May 17, 2017). Another important bit about the Dzire package is that it gets dual front airbags and ABS as standard and the AMT gearbox is on offer from the V variant onwards. All in all, the Dzire diesel has everything in it to be the go-to car if you put a lot of kilometres on the odo and need a fuel-efficient, low-maintenance car for yourself. Check out the prices and all details of the new Dzire here.