obvious that the slates were wiped clean by designers when they took to the
drawing boards with the new 3rd generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The results
are quite refreshing. While most of us are used to seeing similarities from one
generation of cars to the next, that is not the case with this new sedan. I can
safely vouch that the new Dzire from Maruti Suzuki boasts of unrivaled class
and finesse. Premier League? I needed to find out more.
1197cc, In-Line, 4
1248cc, In-Line, 4
5-Speed Manual/ 5-Speed
Rs. 8, 94,000
Rs. 9, 41,000
sedan's facade sports angular projector headlamps and chrome surrounded four
slat polygonal grille. The front is bold and instantly makes a statement. An
arched hood adds a touch of macho appeal while a curvy belt line running out of
the headlamps toward the B-Pillar builds on a dapper character. The headlamps
also get LED DRLs which at first glance look a bit plain but blend in well with
the overall design scheme.
roof line and belt line on the new DZire lend the side profile a very
refreshing look. While most modern design schemes boast of bold and straight
belt lines, the Dzire gets a very striking one. It emerges from the headlamps
in an upward arch running across the A-Pillar. Seamlessly the belt line fuses
with the body before the B-Pillar and resurfaces after the B-Pillar running
across the C-Pillar in an arched manner. The belt line builds a muscular look
over the sculpted wheel arches making the side profile butch and beefy.
over to the rear section of the Dzire, we find broad and prominent lines aide a
definite character. A solid chrome bar accentuates the mid section of the boot
lid and LED tail lamps sprinkle a dash of contemporary flavour. The Dzire also
gets eight dual fin 15 inch alloys housed in 185/65 tubeless tyres. The alloys have
an elegant design, blending well with the overall scheme of things.
the exterior design boasts of elegance, the interiors resonate sophistication.
A dual tone beige and black format sets the tone right for a very crisp and
symmetrical layout all around the cabin. The infotainment setup is partially
biased toward the driver and found to be ergonomically fit. Maruti Suzuki has
ensured exceptional levels of build quality making the Dzire feel quite solid
and well bolted. The front section of the cabin also sports Burl Wood
ornamentation on the dash as well as door trims giving this sedan a never like
before up-market feel.
terms of technology the Dzire has on offer infotainment system enabled with
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link which has connectivity options for
Bluetooth, AUX and USB. The Dzire has also been loaded with features like rear
parking sensors and camera, automatic headlamps, push button start/stop,
keyless entry, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, electronically adjustable
and retractable ORVMs, 12V power sockets in the front and rear along with many
terms of comfort and convenience, the Dzire speaks volumes about progress.
Ample features have added to convenience of day to day functions and the in
cabin ergonomics is quite commendable. The seats are more than comfortable and
Maruti Suzuki has ensured even more space within the cabin. There is more headroom,
shoulder room and leg room for occupants. I found myself pleasantly comfortable
in the driver seat which provides adequate bolstering. The Dzire can easily
seat five average Indian adults. However, the hunch on the floor may prove to
be a bother for some. The rear AC vents are a boon for those sitting at the
generation Dzire has been built on Suzuki's HEARTECT platform which is lighter
and gets a slightly rigid chassis. The Dzire is powered by the same engines
which were available on the previous version. On offer is a 1.2L, 4 cylinder,
VVT petrol engine and a 1.3L, 4 cylinder, DDiS Diesel engine. The powerplants
have been offered with options of a 5-speed AMT and a 5-speed manual.
the 1.2L petrol engine mated to the 5-speed manual transmission the most
impressive amongst the lot. This petrol motor is good for 81.8bhp which comes
in at 6000 rpm and churns out 113Nm of torque at 4200rpm. The rev happy nature
of this engine proves to be quite thrilling on short sprints. On highways you
can really stretch the gears out and the Dzire redlines quite easily. What
makes things a little more entertaining is the smooth operation of gear shifts
and a light clutch. The same engine when mated to the 5-speed AMT still proves
to be quite a spirited drive. While ambling around in traffic I did not feel
disconcerted with the gearshifts but if you step down on the accelerator pedal
you will surely notice them.
gear shift response on the AMT is reasonably quick but a scope for improvement is
always there. Even in Manual mode, gear shifts are quick and you can redline a
little beyond 6000rpm with the transmission holding the gear. While on inclines
the gear box is quick to downshift to the right gear and you get enough torque
to power you up the slope. The petrol motor feels light and fleet footed to
drive around in the city and on highways. The buildup of revs and matching
power outputs are all in a linear fashion.
4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel on the other hand is punchy in its mannerisms.
This was instantly noticeable on the previous generations of the Dzire but the
turbo spool now is a little more subtle and the power delivery feels smoother. Nonetheless,
the diesel is fun to drive and quite thrilling on highways as well. The sedan
is quick through the first two gears with the 3rd, 4th and 5th having longer
legs. The diesel mill belts out 73.7bhp at 4000rpm and bruises the road with
190Nm of torque at 2000rpm.
power comes a little high in the band with the engine redlining at 5000rpm. The
5-speed AMT mated to this diesel engine performs admirably well. Shifts come in
quick and the sedan gathers speed quite easily. Even on the diesel, while
ambling around in city traffic gear shifts are rather smooth and barely
noticeable. The same cannot be said if you are flooring it. The 1.3L diesel
caters to a very lively drive and feels much smoother than before. While the
diesel returns close to 28.4kms to a litre the 1.2L petrol returns almost
22kmpl. Both mileage figures are arguably the best in segment.
setup on the new Dzire is slightly on the softer side and the vehicle rolls
over bad roads rather easily. Most undulations and bumps are soaked in quite
well by the suspension. Maruti has dropped the ground clearance to 163mm but
that does not really affect the vehicles performance as we did not find one
instance of it bottoming out, be it over breakers or bad roads. The slightly
stiffer chassis and suspension setup cater to a stable ride with a display of
good control even at high speeds. Braking is facilitated via discs in the front
and drum brakes in the rear. The Dzire's braking is progressive and inspires
confidence. Overall, there has definitely been an improvement in how the new Dzire
handles and drives, in many ways better than its current competition. A few
niggles I have with the sedan are the lack of a telescopic steering, wind noise
at higher speeds and the need for more boot space. Maruti has also offered ABS, EBD, dual front
airbags and ISOFIX mounts as standard.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire is a wholesome and well rounded package offering just the
right features and performance for an entry level sedan. The car rather feels much
more premium, as though it’s in a league of its own. Premier League? Without a
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