Maruti Suzuki has unveiled its third-gen Dzire in its compact sedan form, it is based on the ‘HEARTECT’ platform that makes it lighter and more fuel efficient than the current-gen car.
The new 2017 Dzire looks much more modern than the car it replaces. Design-wise changes incorporates an elongated bonnet, larger air intake on front bumper, hexagonal grille with chrome outlining, automatic LED projector headlamps, LED DRLs, rear LED lights, new alloy wheels, shark fin antenna, boot-moulded spoiler and a bigger-looking boot.
Interior features include switchgear from the Ignis, flat bottomed partially wood-covered steering wheel, rear aircon vent, and touchscreen infotainment with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Mirror-link compatibility. The upholstery too has been revised while there is 50mm increase in kneeroom at the rear. Safety has been taken care of with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and driver and front passenger airbags as standard equipment across the range.
This is the first time that the Dzire is designed to comply with new pedestrian safety and side and frontal-offset impact safety regulations that come into effect in India soon. The rear seats additionally get ISOFIX points for mounting child seats. Built from ‘ultra-high tensile’ sheet metal, the new-gen Dzire will be safer than the outgoing version. Boot space has increased by 60 litres, wheelbase has gone up by 20mm while the ground clearance has gone down by 7mm. The overall the car is lighter than its predecessor by 105kg.
The new-gen Dzire will make its market debut on May 16, 2017 and bookings for the same have already commenced for a token amount of Rs. 5,000. At point of launch, the car will be available with four trim choices – LXi/LDi, VXi/VDi, ZXi/ZDi and ZXi+/ZDi+. A total of 6 colours will be offered – Oxford Blue, Sherwood Brown, Gallant Red, Artic White, Silky Silver and Magma Grey. It will be priced around Rs 20,000 more than the outgoing car.
Existing range of engine versions are set to follow, including the familiar 1.2L K-series petrol and the 1.3L DDiS turbodiesel engines. However, automated manual transmission (AGS in Maruti lingo) will be on offer in both petrol as well as diesel models, including the base LXi and LDi trims. Unlike the Ciaz, there won’t be a SHVS mild-hybrid system on the Dzire for now, but reports say a more powerful electric assist system is on the works!
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