2017 Maruti Dzire: All you need to know
Posted on May 23, 2017 (4 days ago) by Jaiveer Mehra
The all-new Dzire is available in eight variants with two engine and gearbox options.
2017 Maruti Dzire: All you need to know
Maruti Dzire VXi/VDi (left), Dzire LXi/LDi (right).

Maruti has launched its third model in India this year, the new third-gen Dzire. The all-new sedan is based on Suzuki’s new Heartect platform, the same as on the yet-to-launch new Swift and the Baleno and is wider and lighter than its predecessor. Interestingly, this time around Maruti has done a lot to separate the identity of its bestselling sedan from its hatchback sibling such as more noticeable changes to styling and dropping the Swift prefix from the name completely.

Here is all you need to know about Maruti’s new compact sedan:

Shares exterior styling bits with the upcoming 2018 Swift
As with its predecessors, the new Dzire shares common styling elements with the upcoming Swift, though there are notable changes in design as compared to the hatchback, such as the more flowing sedan profile and changes to the front end. There are however still common elements such as the headlamps, bonnet and front fenders.

Gets an upmarket interior
As with the exterior, the cabin too, shares common elements such as the dashboard and seats, though there are notable differences across the centre console and instrument cluster along with a bigger focus on providing a premium feel. The dashboard, while similar to that in the new Swift, doesn’t follow the same circular theme. The centre console is new with new wedge-shaped air-con vents, new air-con controls and a more rectangular instrument cluster. As before, the car gets a dual-tone interior, along with faux-wood inserts throughout the cabin and the steering wheel to lend a more premium feel.

Offer a fair bit of kit
Maruti has also packed in quite a bit of kit into the new Dzire. While base LXi/LDi variants only get basic kit, dual airbags and ABS are offered as standard while top variants get equipment such as the SmartPlay infotainment system, auto LED projector headlamps, auto climate control, key-less entry and go along with rear air-con vents.

Based on Baleno’s platform
While initial reports had claimed that the new sedan could be based on the old platform, the third-gen Dzire shares its platform with the new Swift and thus the Baleno. Called the ‘Heartect’ platform by Maruti, the new architecture features the use of high tensile steel to help conserve weight and thus improve performance. The new Dzire now weighs less than 1000kg with the heaviest variant tipping the scales at 990kg.

Engines carried forward - AMT now available in petrol too
The new Dzire carries forward the existing set of engines from the current model. This includes the 1.2-litre K-series petrol motor and the tried and tested 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. Both units are paired with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard with the option of an AMT gearbox also available.

India’s most fuel efficient diesel car
While Maruti hasn’t gone into details as to the changes in engine tuning, the new Dzire replaces the Ciaz SHVS as India’s most fuel-efficient diesel car. The diesel Dzire gets an ARAI rating of 28.4kpl, overtaking the Ciaz’s 28.09kpl. The petrol sedan, on the other hand, is rated to return a respectable 22kpl.

Available in eight variants
As with its predecessor, the new Dzire carries forward the L, V and Z nomenclatures as seen on other Marutis retailing via the standard outlets. However, apart from the standard three variants for petrol and diesel, the new Dzire now also gets a Z+ variant that sits atop the line-up. All but the base L variant comes with the choice of a manual or AMT gearbox.

Top variants pricy
Maruti has positioned the Dzire at the heart of the compact sedan segment in terms of pricing though top variants do get a touch pricy. The petrol line-up is priced from Rs 5.45 - 8.41 lakh while the diesel models are priced from Rs 6.45 - 9.41 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).

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