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Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest carmaker launched its compact sedan Swift Dzire on 1st February, 2012. It is basically a chopped down version of the old Dzire sedan, which was introduced way back in 2008. Both models look identical except the rear end, as with the New Swift Dzire the company cut down the boot to make it a sub-4 metre sedan. This has helped the company enjoy excise benefits and keep its costs down. Ever since its launch in India, Maruti Suzuki India managed to sell more than 12,000 units of the vehicle every month and is now the top selling sedan in the country.
Based on the Swift hatchback platform, the compact sedan carries over the same engine configuration which also powers its smaller sibling. It is being offered in both petrol and diesel avatars. The car is available in three trim levels - L, V and Z in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol model gets the automatic gearbox as well, and is available in VXi AT variant, the other gasoline variants are LXi, VXi and ZXi. The diesel variants are LDi, VDi and ZDi, with prices starting from Rs. 6 lakh for entry level models. The petrol Dzire is priced at Rs. 5.03 lakh for entry level model, while the top-of-the line variant is tagged at Rs. 6.85 lakh.
Under the hood, the new Maruti Swift Dzire petrol gets the tried and tested 1.2-litre engine that churns out a maximum power output of 86bhp and 114Nm of peak torque. Power is transmitted to front wheels via five-speed manual transmission. It is also available with a 4-speed manual transmission. The diesel Dzire is the most popular version of the sedan in India, and is powered by the immensely popular 1.3-litre DDiS aka Multi-Jet engine that develops 74bhp of power and 190Nm of peak torque. The petrol version of the sedan is claimed to offer an excellent fuel economy of 19.1kmpl in the manual version, while the automatic version returns 17.4kmpl of mileage. The oil burner delivers a whooping 23.4kmpl of mileage.
With 3995mm of length, the Dzire looks more of a notchback rather than a saloon. The vehicle is specially designed and developed for the Indian car market, and is only sold in our country. Based on the new Swift platform which is bigger than its predecessor, MSI has fixed a boot keeping it sub 4-metre in length. This resulted in chopped down boot space and the luggage carrying capacity offered by the new Dzire stands at 316 litres, significantly lesser than its previous model. The compact sedan is capacious enough to accommodate five adults comfortably, thanks to an increased wheelbase of 40mm from its previous generation model.
Despite being a budget friendly notchback, the Swift Dzire is fully loaded with several safety, comfort and convenience and entertainment features, making it a great value for money car. Features like Anti-lock braking system with Brake assist, dual SRS airbags, central locking and others keep passengers safe on the go.
In 2012, Maruti Suzuki India took an excellent step by launching the size and price cut version of the Swift Dzire in the country. Ever since its introduction in India, it has been the country's top selling compact sedan. The company stripped down the boot, which seems to be the major change made to the original model, benefiting the car in excise duty and helping its maker to price it competitively. The new car boot space is now 124 litres lesser than its predecessor, however, the increased wheelbase of 40mm and enhanced width and height by 5mm and 25mm, respectively, make it look more spacious from inside than earlier.
The new Swift Dzire comes loaded with slated black grille, new headlights, body colored bumper and newly designed fog lamps. The front facade of the new car looks similar to that of its previous generation model, however, it features an extended hood and headlights are bigger than before. The front is very identical to the Swift hatchback. The ORVMs are now fitted with turn indicators. The rear is the one area that witnessed maximum changes, mainly because of the chopped down boot. The boot has not just helped the company price it competitively, the car looks more stylish as well with thick chrome bars.
Like the Swift hatch, the entry level and mid variants of the notchback feature the 14-inch steel wheels. The top-of-the line models come equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, making it looks sportier and aggressive. The notchback features tubeless tyres of 165/80 R14 size for 14-inch wheels and 185/65 R15 for 15-inch wheels.
The compact sedan is based on the new Swift platform, thus featuring an extended wheelbase. The vehicle now has a wheelbase of 2430mm, where the older version had 2390mm of wheelbase. This increase of 40mm has further enhances the interior space. With significant reduction in boot space, the new Dzire now measures 3995mm, which has helped the company to save the excise duty. The height of the compact sedan is 1555mm and width is 1695mm, which again is an increase of 5mm and 25mm, respectively.
Maruti Swift Dzire comes equipped with decent looking and comfortable interiors. With the increased wheelbase, the new Dzire offers roomier cabin to accommodate five passengers comfortably. When it comes to quality, the new model has an upper hand over its predecessor, though it still needs improvement. The dual-tone interior offers a decent feel, as the black paint covers the dashboard and door panels, while the rest of the cabin gets the elegant beige scheme. The centre console of the sedan gets silver chrome touches. The door handles, steering wheel and AC vents also get the silver chrome lining, which further enhances the overall beauty of the car.
The new Swift Dzire gets some stylish upgrades everywhere in the cabin including instrument cluster, seats and manually tilt adjustable steering. For music lovers, the company has fitted a good quality Nippon music system with four speakers and two tweeters. Additionally, it also features FM radio and USB as standard with the music system. The vehicle features adjustable headrest, seatbelt height adjustment and a rear centre armrest to offer soothing experience to passengers as well as the driver. The top-of-the line variant of the new Dzire boasts with high-end features including automatic climate control, electrically operated ORVMs, steering mounted control and others.
Engine & Transmission
The new Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is being offered in both petrol and diesel options. While the petrol model gets the 1.2-litre K-Series engine, the diesel model houses the reliable 1.3-litre Multi-Jet engine. The company has added Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology with the petrol mill, which makes it an even more powerful and efficient mill. With a displacement of 1197cc, this motor churns out a maximum power output of 86bhp at 6000rpm and a peak torque of 114Nm at 4000rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which transmits power to front wheels of the car. The VXi model is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission. The petrol mill produces 2bhp more than its predecessor, thanks to VVT.
The Swift Dzire diesel gets the 1.3-litre Multi-jet, DOHC (Double Over Head Camshaft), DDis diesel engine, paired with a fuel injection system with turbocharger and intercooler combination. This engine is capable of developing 74bhp of top power at 4000rpm and top torque of 190Nm at 2000rpm. The power is transmitted to front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The Multijet engine is known for its best-in class performance, and this engine feels very smooth and offers very low NVH (Noise, vibration and harshness) levels along with impressive fuel economy.
Performance & Handling
Being offered in both the petrol and diesel guise, the new Swift Dzire is considered to be more fuel efficient and high on performance than its predecessor. The petrol model gets the 1.2L k-series engine, which is now fitted with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology, which increases its power output by 2bhp to 86bhp. The diesel model features the 1.3-litre multi-jet engine, which is unquestionably the most reliable, refined and fuel efficient engine. The vehicle offers an excellent driving experience and hassle free ride. The new Swift Dzire carries over the suspension from its older version, but the rear torsion beam with coil spring suspension is tuned to offer more comfort. The increased wheelbase provides an aggressive stance and its wider wheels improve the stability. The five-speed gearbox is added smartly to the sedan, helping it sail smoothly both on city roads and highways.
The compact sedan has an increased turning radius of 4.8 metre, but the ride quality is impressive. The 170mm of ground clearance helps it drive through rugged Indian terrains quite comfortably. With the addition of Anti-lock braking system with brake assist and EBD (electronic brake force distribution), the braking mechanism of the car is improved.
The petrol powered Swift Dzire accelerates to 100kmph from stand still in just 13 seconds, with a top-speed of 160kmph. On the other hand, the multijet diesel engine takes 14.2 seconds to reach 100kmph mark from zero and has a top speed of 162kmph.
Maruti Swift Dzire comes equipped with decent braking mechanism to avoid any disaster. The front wheels are fitted with ventilated disc brakes, while the rear wheels get the drum brakes. The ventilation in disc brakes avoids the wear and tear of wheels during brake application. Similar to its smaller sibling, the front suspension of the compact sedan is of Mc Pherson strut with coil spring type, while the rear suspension is of torsion beam with coil spring. It comes equipped with various advanced braking mechanism such as ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with Brake Assist, which avoids the wheels from locking-up and skidding during sudden and panic braking situations.
Maruti Suzuki India has tuned both the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine options for improved efficiency. The oil burner delivers an excellent fuel economy of around 17-18kmpl in city conditions and 22-23kmpl on highways; however with ARAI certification the company claims it to offer a mileage of 23.4kmpl. Talking about Dzire petrol, the K-series engine returns a decent 15kmpl of mileage in city and around 19kmpl of highways. However, the number comes down in automatic version, as it offers a fuel efficiency of 17.4kmpl.
Maruti engineers have taken care of safety and security of the occupants in the Swift Dzire. The compact sedan comes equipped with various features such as front dual SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system, brake assist, ELR seatbelts, engine drag control system and others. It also gets central locking, power door locks, child safety locks, anti theft alarm, night rear view mirror, halogen headlamps, door ajar warning, side impact beams and engine immobilizer.
The new Maruti Swift Dzire is smartly positioned between hatchbacks and mid-sized saloons. The notchback is capacious enough to seat five adults comfortably; however, the boot space feels less due to its sub-4 metre length. The vehicle is priced cheaper than before and offers more power and fuel efficiency than earlier. Its 1.3-litre multijet powered version is one of the best diesel engines available in the country that offers excellent drivability and impressive NVH level.
Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze
Honda Amaze is no doubt the closest competitor of the India's best selling compact sedan 'Maruti Swift Dzire'. Based on the Brio platform, the notchback provides much sportier and refreshing looks than the conventional Swift Dzire design. Moreover, Honda Amaze diesel also offers the best-in-class mileage. With 25.8kmpl of whooping fuel economy, the Amaze surely outsmarts its competitors. Both the sedans offers comfortable and spacious cabin. However, Swift Dzire has a better looking dashboard. Honda Amaze diesel gets the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that churns out a maximum power output of 98bhp, which is again best in the segment. However, when we talk about drivability and ride quality, Swift Dzire's 1.3-litre Multi-jet with low NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) is more fun to drive vehicle on high speeds. The petrol versions of both the cars are powerful, refined and reliable.
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