The all-new third-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift DZireis coming soon and our sources confirm that a few dealers in Mumbai and Delhi have started taking booking for a refundable sum of Rs 11,000 to Rs 21,000. Other dealers across the country are also expected to be accepting bookings for the upcoming compact sedan. The new car is expected to launch by late April or early in May with a slight price hike.
The next-gen DZire is based on a new platform derived from the Baleno. It's light, strong and liberates more room in the back seat. The sedan is expected to come ready with all the necessary safety features to help it get through the upcoming crash tests and safety norms. So, features like dual airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat anchors, seat belt pre-tensioners and force limiters have a high probability of becoming part of the standard equipment list. The 7-inch Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also sure to make a presence among higher variants.
The DZire, as of right now, has more grey hair than we can count and it's about time Maruti Suzuki replaced it with the next generation model. Despite its age, the company is selling it like hot cakes, consistently dispatching around 16-17,000 units every month. In comparison, the two next best-selling cars in the segment are Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze with both of these clocking somewhere between 3 and 4,000 units every month. After the facelift, the Xcent should post better numbers to conclusively take the runner-up slot.
What Maruti Suzuki has been able to achieve with the DZire is a near-impossible feat. Other than the DZire, the Toyota Innova is the only other car in India that does extremely well in the commercial segment without hampering its image among private owners. A car that gains popularity as a cab usually has a tough time losing that 'taxi' image among individual car buyers.