Based on the Swift hatchback, the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire was launched in the Indian car market in 2008. For last 7 years, the compact sedan has been the country's top-selling sub-4 metre car. Moreover, it is also the Maruti Suzuki's top-selling sedan ever. Seeing the growing competition in the sub-4 metre sedan segment, India's largest carmaker introduced the updated Swift Dzire. The new model is now equipped with more features and improved fuel efficiency.
Talking about styling, the new Dzire gets cosmetic upgrades to exteriors. Up front is a new single slat chrome grille, flanked by restyled headlamps with a black tinge, fog lamps bezel with chrome surrounds and a new bumper. The wheel arches have been fitted to newly styled 15-inch alloy wheels. The rear profile of the sedan looks largely identical to the previous model with the same wraparound taillights and the thick-bodied boot lid. The Suzuki Dzire is available in seven exterior shades- Pearl Arctic White, Silky Silver, Cave Black, Pacific Blue, Magma Grey, ALP Blue and Sangria Red.
On the inside, the new Maruti Swift Dzire looks largely identical to the previous model, except for the few changes. The dashboard and the overall layout for the controls remains the same. The top-end variant is now equipped with few advanced features to compete well against the modern compact sedans. It features engine start/stop button, front and rear charging sockets, new upholstery for seats, electrically foldable and retractable wing mirror, reverse parking sensors and an updated music system with Bluetooth. It also gets a multi-functional steering wheel with controls for audio and Bluetooth.
The new Swift Dzire is available in two engine options- 1.3-litre DDiS diesel and 1.2-litre, K-Series VVT petrol. While the petrol motor is capable of producing a top power output of 85bhp and a peak torque of 115Nm, the oil burner is good for 74bhp of power and 190Nm of torque. A five-speed manual transmission comes as standard, while a four-speed automatic gearbox is offered with a mid-level petrol variant.
The company claims that engineers have tweaked the engine hardware for improved thermal efficiency and low frictional losses. While the diesel engine is claimed to offer 13 per cent more fuel efficiency, the petrol engine delivers 9 per cent more efficiency. The oil burner returns an impressive ARAI certified mileage of 26.59kmpl while the petrol motor delivers 20.85kmpl.
The new Maruti Swift Dzire directly competes against the likes of the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and the Ford Figo Aspire.