First launched in early 2008, the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire was one the first compact sedans to enter the Indian market and is currently the bestselling model in its segment. In last seven years, the car has undergone three facelift with the most recent one being launched earlier this year. The new-generation Swift Dzire comes with the same design philosophy as its predecessors and the overall profile looks largely identical to the previous model except for the addition of some sharper design elements. Currently, Maruti is also working on its Range Extender hybrid and is considering one of the swift siblings to be the company’s first plug-in hybrid in India.
The basic design of Swift Dzire had hardly changed from the first-generation model, but with every facelift Maruti Suzuki has further enhanced the style and appearance of the car. The latest model by far is the most appealing Swift Dzire thanks to the sharper exterior features, smooth body lines and nicely molded boot lid. The front section of the car comes with larger sweptback headlamps, a new bumper design and new fog lamps with chrome bezels along with a new single slat chrome grille. The additional chrome treatment along with the new sporty alloy wheels surely gives the car a premium appearance. The rear end on the other hand largely remains the same no new addition except for some minor detailing.
The new Swift Dzire comes in seven exterior colour option including Pearl Arctic White, Silky Silver, Cave Black, Pacific Blue, Magma Grey, ALP Blue and Sangria Red.
Interior and Feature:
Unlike the exterior, the inside of the car comes with some considerable changes and upgrades giving it an upmarket feel. While the basic layout remains the same, the quality of materials and design has improved a lot. The new upholstery is much more premium and comfortable and the rear seat comes with a 60:40 partition.
The new Swift Dzire also comes with some new features as standard fitment to keep up with the modern trend in car technology. The top-spec trims now come with engine start/stop button, new upholstery, front and rear charging socket, electrically foldable rear view mirrors, audio and Bluetooth control on the steering wheel, reverse parking sensors and much more.
Engine Specifications and Mileage:
The new 2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire comes in both petrol and diesel engine options. While the engines are the same ones that powered the previous generation model, Maruti has tweaked the engines to offer slightly more power and increased fuel efficiency. The petrol variant is powered by a 1197 cc, 1.2-litre K Series VVT engine that churns out a maximum power of 86.2 PS and a peak torque output of 114 Nm. Transmission duties are taken care by a five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed automatic gearbox, transmitting power to the front wheel.
The diesel variant on the other hand is powered by a 1248 cc, 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine that produces a maximum power output of 75 PS and a peak torque output of 190 Nm. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission sending power to the front wheels.
Maruti Suzuki says it has made several changes in the engine hardware leading to improved thermal efficiency and reduced frictional losses. The new Dzire, as a result, returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 26.59kmpl for diesel, up by around 13 per cent over the older model. Meanwhile, the petrol-powered model comes with a fuel efficiency of 20.85kmpl, marking an improvement of over 9 per cent.
Price and Competition:
The petrol Swift Dzire is priced at INR 5.08 lakh for the base variant and INR 6.81 lakh for the top-of-the-line model. Prices for the diesel variants start at INR 6.0 lakh going up to INR 7.82 lakh to the range topping Swift Dzire. In India, the new Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire competes with the likes of Ford Figo Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and Honda Amaze.