March 26, 2008 when Maruti launched Swift Dzire no one believed, the sedan which was ridiculed to be swift-slammed-with-a-big-booty would become the numero uno in its segment but Maruti had their last laugh with Swift Dzire selling like hot cakes. After almost 4 years, Maruti launched the second generation of the popular sedan and claimed to have made more than 150 changes. Wait, don’t go round the car counting the changes.
Exterior design of new Swift Dzire
First word is compact. Maruti has chopped down 165 mm in its length to make it just under 4 meter. So what it means is the new Swift Dzire becomes the second car to fall under sub 4 -meter sedan next only to Indigo CS and there by it also gains to enjoy the excise benefits. A cool 10% dollops that Government of India offers to compact small sized cars and by its definition those that fall under sub 4-meter bracket and with engine capacity less than 1.2 L for petrol versions and 1.5 L for diesel cars. India being a price sensitive market, the benefits makes sense for Swift Dzire.
Its just not about 165 mm short in length but the new Dzire has added mass in other areas. At 1555 mm, it has grown up by 25 mm when compared to the outgoing model and gained 5 mm on width and 40 mm longer wheel base.
Enough of dimensions. Lets look at the gloss and the stock.
The large head lamps and a dashing tail lamp is an attractive sight
The OVRM comes only in the top two variant thought…
The bulges are unsightly in the rear side profile…
Unfortunatley only the top variant comes with alloy wheels if you are eyeing at the wheel at the left …
Interiors of new Swift Dzire
Inside of the new Dzire is where pleases you most. Lavish with soothing beige color that guaranteedly would brighten up your mood, a dual tone dash with black on top and a continuing beige below and faux wood trimmings, the interiors treat you to a lively ambience. And the quality of plastics used are notch better than the outgoing Dzire. Yet another area where the new Dzire scores over the old one is the quality of seating both interms of seating positions and the furnishing used, especially the rear. The leg room real estate in the rear is though not very spacious, considering the compact nature of the car but still decent enough for Indian average sizes. The Dzire R&D team has bettered the driver seat positioning with a right height that gives a good riding visibility and seating, this is a good news considering only the top variant has a seat height adjustment.
The dashboard again has a refreshing feel painted over it. The dual tone black and warm beige adds a classic feel to the car sporting an all new instrument cluster and the center console where in nests audio console in black tone and the climate control panel in beige tone, though the bottom variant comes with manual controls for air-conditioning.
Very thoughtfully added pop out can holder under the side air-con vent is not only adds to utility value but also is an attractive feature that the front passenger would love. Add to this, the car stocks in ample side pockets on all doors, cubby holes and a decent sized glove box.
The center console in black and beige tone looks neat. (Though do have our chart on the variants to see what you might get or miss out on various variants)
The all new instrument cluster is a welcome addition to the new Dzire to make the owner’s happy. It looks classic and the silver trim around the dial is a small design addition that brings a volume of visual goodness. The multi functional display with amber glowing characters throws you informations on real-time and average fuel consumption, range on remaining fuel, odometer, tripmeter, outside temperature and time.
A decent glove box and the pop out can holder nested above it
The 3 spoke steering is decent enough, not very soft but I won’t complaint either.
The steering comes with mounted controls.
The gear shift is smooth and well placed and also the warm beige shades around it adds a character to the car ….
The impact of the sub 4-meter compact nature of the new Dzire hits more on the boot space. While the old Dzire sported a 464 liters boot, the new Dzire has to live up with a paltry 316 liters. Considering the fact there is no foldable rear seat option, it remains a big disappointment and the impact would be felt when you are on a long tour with family with heavy baggages.
Available both in petrol and diesel engines, the new Swift Dzire comes in total 7 variants. 3 variants in petrol and diesel respectively and an automatic transmission that is available only on VXi petrol variant.
Check the chart for the features available in various variants.
New Swift Dzire Colours
New Dzire is available in 7 colors – pacific blue, midnight black, silky silver, clear beige, bright red, arctic white, glistening grey.
Engine and Driving performance of new Swift Dzire
As mentioned earlier Dzire comes in both petrol and diesel models.
The new K-12 series 4 cylinder, 16 valve, 1197 cc petrol engine with VVT (variable valve technology) delivers a maximum power of 87 BHP @ 6000 rpm and a max torque of 114 Nm @ 4000 rpm. According to Maruti, VVT helps in a significant improvement in fuel efficiency.
The DDiS 4 cylinder, 16 valve diesel engine with 1248 cc displacement delivers 75 BHP @ 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 190 Nm @ 2000 rpm.
The company claims an impressive fuel efficiency of 19.1 kpl (petrol) and 23.4 kpl (diesel)
Though due to the engine tuning for maximum fuel efficiency, in petrol drive you do find the engine lacking a bit on low rpm
Cabin is noiseless even with A/c on, though under heavy acceleration noise level does go up
Suspension feels stiff and more rigid
A well planted engine and handling, which the average Indian car buyer will not complaint about.
Pricing of new Swift Dzire
|NEW DZIRE LDI||591120||591120|
|NEW DZIRE LXI||488065.47||488065.47|
|NEW DZIRE VDI||642948.53||642948.53|
|NEW DZIRE VXI||541687.28||541687.28|
|NEW DZIRE VXI AT||666310.79||666310.79|
|NEW DZIRE ZDI||722615.56||722615.56|
|NEW DZIRE ZXI||630825.59||630825.59|
P.S Prices ex-showroom, Bangalore. Do note price over here is costlier than most other cities.
Maruti has a history of princing its cars sensibily and cleaverly guaging the market dynamics, Dzire comes at a very attractive price levels and this would be one factor that would keep the Dzire juggernaut keep going in this segment.