Maruti Suzuki Dzire Facelift Review & Test Drive
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview
The New Maruti DZire 2017 is launched. Yes you read that right, Maruti Dzire and not Swift Dzire. The Swift moniker has been done away with and the Dzire is now positioned as an all new model. The Dzire has been a runaway success for the company since the time it was launched. From a proper sedan, it later transformed into a compact sedan. This time, it comes in an all new avatar.This is an all new sedan and is built on the Heartect platform of Suzuki. It continues to be a compact sedan but now has new dimensions. it is bigger than before and has changes in height, width and length. What is visually evident is the new width. The car also is lower in height, which makes it looks more proportionate. The new Maruti Dzire looks much wider than before. Even the weight of the car has reduced due to the new chassis and the car is about 100 kilograms lighter. The New Dzire also sees the introduction of a new variant in its lineup, which is the ZDi +
The same engines power the 2017 Maruti Dzire. These are the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The engine and power ratings remain the same, but the the car performs better as it is lighter. With engines are offered with a five-speed manual transmission and both engines also get AMT options. So there is a choice for automatic in both petrol and diesel and this is a big advantage over competition. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Exteriors & Look
The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire is based on the next generation Swift that should come to India by the end of FY 2017-18. However it’s only the front that it borrows from the hatchback, and of course, the platform as well. Unlike the previous generations, the new Dzire is a completely different car from the new Swift A-pillar onwards. Also Read – Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Baleno vs Brezza
The countenance is purposeful with muscle at the right places on the bonnet and the wheel arches. The hexagonal front grille is also short and wide, and it all adds to make the Dzire look broad. Chrome work is generous on the front grille, below the fog lamp housing and even in the headlamp unit, but it doesn’t look overdone. In fact, the quality of chrome is so good that it would match the finish on cars twice its price. Unfortunately, Maruti Suzuki offers LED projectors and DRLs on the top ZXi+ variant only, so the lower variants get reflector headlamp units that tone down the aggression a bit
The muscle on the bonnet is carried on to the front fender and a sharp shoulder line weaves through from the front to the rear. A pinched character line at the lower end breaks the monotony of what would otherwise be a plain design. The A-pillar onwards, the Dzire looks more sedan-like in profile with the roof flowing from the A-pillar to the C-pillar smoothly. The proportions are better too, as Maruti Suzuki has increased the width by 40mm and reduced the roof height by 40mm. However, the ground clearance is reduced only by by 7mm, down to 163mm now. So, while the Dzire will tackle the speed breakers of different sizes with ease, sharp gradient changes may require you to double check the front overhang before committing to them. Also Read – Maruti Dzire Vs Sub-Four Metre Rivals – Spec
Unlike the front design that imparts the Dzire a big-car appeal, the rear is usual business as far as compact car designs go. Nonetheless, it is a step forward as the boot is now better integrated into the C-pillar and doesn’t look like an afterthought. It’s stubby with the bumper hardly extending any mass beyond the boot lid. The arc-shaped lip is Ciaz-like now. Importantly, the Dzire now not only looks proportionate but is also pleasing to the eye
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Interiors & Space
Step inside the cabin of the new Dzire and one instantly realises that this isn’t the cabin of another Maruti Suzuki car with a few new bits but is an all-new design instead. The dual-tone dashboard comprises of a black top while the lower part is beige. The wood finish in the dashboard and in the lower part of the flat-bottomed steering wheel adds to the premium appeal of the cabin significantly. This makes the Dzire the second compact sedan to have a flat-bottomed steering wheel after the Volkswagen Ameo.
The touchscreen infotainment system in the centre console looks similar to the one seen on the Baleno and Vitara Brezza but has a different housing. It’s different in terms of functionality as well and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has the usual SD Card -based navigation and connectivity options also include Bluetooth, USB and Aux-In. The system is easy to use and the simple user-interface means people with limited knowledge of smartphones to will not have problems operating it. There are two 12V power outlets too, one on the lower centre console and the other between the front seats. The door pockets in front and back can easily store one litre bottles and still leave space for a fair bit of small items.
The new Dzire is wider by 40 mm than the older model and has increased leg room and shoulder room too. With the driver’s seat adjusted for a person of 5 feet 8 inches, a six feet person was able to sit in the rear seat without his knees brushing against the front seats. The backrest incline angle of the bench is good, making it comfortable for longer journeys too. The under-thigh support will prove adequate for most people but for taller occupants, this could be a slight issue. The door armrests at the rear could do with a bit of fabric cushioning as the hard plastic can be a bit discomforting after a while. These, however, are minor issues, which do not make a considerable difference to the in-cabin experience.
In a nutshell, the interior of the new Dzire carries forward the premium positioning of the vehicle. It quite simply is the best cabin in the compact sedan segment in India from all aspects.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine & Performance
Maruti Suzuki deserves a big round of applause for offering six automatic variants in the new Dzire. The AMT tech not just offers gearless convenience but also doesn’t compromise fuel economy, and of course, keeps the sticker price in check too! With multiple automatic variants on offer, the Dzire AMT will be accessible to a wider set of buyers.
The second-gen Swift Dzire too was equipped with an AMT paired with the diesel engine. Both the engine & the gearbox are carried forward in the new Dzire but are calibrated differently. This results in smoother gearshifts. So, while the AMT still takes its own good time to upshift or downshift, the cabin experience is slightly richer than before as the head nod that accompanied every gear change previously is now subdued, but it’s still there.
The 1.3-litre diesel engine makes 75PS of max power at 4000rpm & 190Nm of peak torque at 2000rpm. The continuous torque surge makes the diesel Dzire a great mile muncher with very less downshifts required to make quick progress. When out on the highways, it’s best to use AMT in the semi-manual mode for downshifting to time the overtakes better, and also to hold upshifts and utilise the power band to spring back to three-digit speeds. In normal driving conditions the AMT is keen to upshift early. The artificial intelligence prompts the ‘box to upshift below 3000rpm on medium throttle input.
It does, however, hit the redline before upshifting with the A-pedal completely depressed. The AMT’s party trick is the creep function which allows you to pull the car forward from nought in the second gear. It’s like moving in traffic on half a clutch. Try doing that on the manual Dzire to realise the importance of an automatic. So, while the diesel manual Dzire should continue to munch miles, the AMT-diesel is now better suited for frequent city spins.
But the powertrain of the moment should go to the petrol-AMT combination. The 1.2-litre (83PS, 113Nm) petrol engine is a refined unit, and it was there on-duty in the Swift Dzire as well. The engine is the same, but it comes with the 5-speed AMT now instead of the 4-speed torque converter (and there’s a 5-speed manual as well). The drive experience of the petrol-AMT combination is plush thanks to low NVH levels and smooth gear shifts. The gear shift quality may not be as silky as in the Ignis petrol-AMT (same engine-transmission combo), but it won’t give you a dramatic head-nod moment you’d associate with AMTs in general
Talking about the engine characteristics, there’s torque on offer starting from low revs, and the band is quite wide as well. So, you can hold it in one gear higher without any resistance from the engine to downshift. The engine is also happy cruising all day long, with the 100kmph ticking at about 2800rpm in the fifth gear and max torque range still 1400rpm away. The gearing is tall although the engine doesn’t quite like to be revved to its limit. So, it’s possible to go well past the three digit mark in the third gear, but that won’t satisfy you as much as chugging it around its max torque range will, where it sounds the sportiest.
On the whole, the Dzire is still focused on covering maximum distance using minimum fuel. The engines were already fuel efficient, and reduction in weight has further helped matters. That doesn’t take away the Dzire’s engaging-to-drive nature, especially diesel’s, that shows eagerness to roll on thanks to the turbocharger unit. The petrol engine also has a new role to play now, and that is to offer a superlative drive experience owing to the AMT two-pedal tech and high refinement levels.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Driving Dynamics
If I were to rate the most significant high points of the new Dzire, its ride comfort would come a close second after its interior space; it’s that unbelievable. Three key areas show significant improvement – the damping, the steering steadiness and robustness while tackling bigger potholes. The additional weight of the diesel Dzire lets the suspension setup deal with road uncertainties with aplomb. The characteristic can be experienced at both low and high speeds, and it ups the plushness of the cabin. The steering is also steadier now in and maintains its centre position when going over rough patches without much driver effort, which builds the driver confidence. The third, and the most common of the complaints associated with Maruti cars – that of crashing into the potholes, has also been addressed. The Dzire goes over uneven surfaces and even bigger uncertainties without any harshness
The new Dzire is built on Suzuki’s Heartect platform which is more rigid than the one on which it was based before. Apart from it passing the crash tests, it also improves the stability. The Dzire feels more planted now than before at speeds closer to three digits. While the platform makes it stable, the steering starts to get lighter with an increase in speed and makes it a nervous handler. At low speeds, the same steering feels better weighed. Braking is one department that doesn’t see any improvement. The Dzire still lacks the initial bite, and speed sheds only when you press the B-pedal hard. So, while the Dzire maintains composure under hard braking, it’s still not confidence inspiring
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Braking & Safety
The safety features on offer include dual airbags, ABS with EBD and even brake assist. There is also ISOFIX on all the variants, which makes it a good option to consider. The other features on offer include the front seat belt with pre-tensioners, immobilizer, force limiter, seat belt warning lamps. Key left warning and door open warning are a part of this list.
(VXi/VDi) In the V variant, the additional features are day and night adjustable IRVM, speed sensitive door locking and anti-theft security system. (ZXi/ZDi) Z offers reverse parking sensor, front fog lamps, rear defogger as additional features. (ZXi+/ZDi+)
The Z+ also offers some additional features too. There is reverse camera with guide that is an extra over the Z variant
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Price in Chennai
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,40,374/- (Dzire LXI) to 9,38,113/- (Dzire ZDI Plus AT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Dzire from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Chennai. Check for Dzire price in Chennai at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Bottomline
We won’t be surprised if the Maruti Dzire goes on to become the largest selling car by overtaking the Alto. Maruti Suzuki has taken a good package and made it even better with the new generation and the Dzire comes across as a well-rounded compact sedan that excels at a lot of things. What really impressed us is how the company has moved ahead in its quality standards and how the car is loaded with so many features. The driving characteristics are also very good and both the engines are efficient too. The Maruti Dzire is an excellent buy for someone looking for a not-so-big sedan that offers a competitive package.Tags: Maruti Suzuki