Maruti Suzuki Dzire Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview

The Swift Dzire is a household name in India. Everyone knows it and everyone wants it. And that has made the Swift Dzire one of highest selling cars in India. The brand recall of this vehicle is so strong that Maruti decided to drop the ‘Swift’ moniker for its successor and give it its own identity – the Dzire.The 2017 Dzire has improved in all sense, thanks to its new Heartect platform. It is the same platform that the Baleno and the upcoming Swift are built on. This chassis has helped the Dzire lose some kerb weight. And that’s a good thing for a market that is obsessed with the million dollar question – ‘Kitna deti hai?’. The 2017 Dzire looks more grown up, is wider and has the ability to give its rivals run for their money. In fact, it looks like Maruti Suzuki did plenty of market research for this vehicle. Because now, there’s AMT options for both, petrol and diesel and they can be opted for with the top-end variants too. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Dzire Exterior

All-New Maruti DZire comes with never-seen-before exterior styling with cues borrowed from the new sibling hatch Swift, which would be launched at the grand stage of 2018 Auto Expo. It is ages ahead of the current model with front fascia reflecting an all-new hexagonal grille. Though, it is in black on the base and mid-variants, while top-end variants get chrome treatment and LED projector headlamps with daytime running lights (DRLs) as standard. The front bumper is also restyled, while the sedan rides on newly-designed precision-cut alloy wheels (limited to just Z+ trim). Predominantly, the side profile is pretty identical to the outgoing model with body colored door handles and ORVMs, save for the introduction of new alloys. Coming to the rear profile, the all-new DZire boasts of LED tail-lamp cluster and LED high mounted stop lamp. The bumper is tweaked as well to accentuate the appeal of the new sedan.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Interior

The insides of the car are as fresh as the exterior. The beige and black theme continues but the design is all new. Plastics are hard and quality isn’t too different from the outgoing car; in fact, several bits seem to be directly lifted from there. However, some bits feel really nice. The flat-bottom steering wheel, for example, looks and feels incredible; even the buttons on it are of high quality. The instrument console looks crisp and the needles at zero-degree position, like the Ignis, feel sporty. The new front seats are supportive and comfy, and the cushioning feels a bit softer than before. There’s ample height adjustment for the driver’s seat, and the steering gets tilt adjustment too. Ergonomics on the whole are agreeable, and there are a good amount of storage areas around as well. The audio system integration, however, feels like an after-thought and doesn’t gel well with the design. Also, the wood insert on the dashboard might pass of as being classy at first glance, but look closely and it feels a bit low grade. Then, there’s the inside mirror which is small and the large front neck restraints hinder visibility. The front passenger footwell eats into the legroom, resulting in a slightly off-centre seating position.

This new Dzire has a longer wheelbase of 2,450mm and, as a result, legroom has improved at the back. Two tall people can sit one behind another in reasonable comfort. However, headroom for taller occupants at the back is very tight. Despite being much wider than before and than the competition too, a third occupant at the back will be a tight squeeze. What’s nice is that there are air-con vents and a 12V power socket at the back now. The Dzire’s boot has grown in size too, measuring a far more respectable 378 litres, and it is practically shaped too. The loading lip, though, is still a bit high.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Performance

Under the hood, the new 2017 Dzire continues to get the 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol motor and the proven 1.3-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. The former churns out 82bhp and 113Nm of peak torque and the latter generates 74bhp and 190Nm of maximum torque. The Gurgaon-based manufacturer is offering these engines with a five-speed manual and automated manual transmission options. We spent driving the petrol version which turned out to be really good. The petrol motor is refined and incredibly silent at idle. Hit the throttle and the Dzire shows eagerness to get in motion. The vehicle pulls as low as 1100rpm and builds power up in a linear fashion all the way till 3000rpm. After that, the power delivery is almost flat till 4000rpm. Post 4000rpm, the revs start to build up and the sporty sound from the motor is nice to hear. The vehicle pulls all the way till 6500rpm before asking for a gear change.

The five-speed manual gearbox offers precise and smooth shifts. The short throws and the light clutch makes the overall experience pleasurable. The AMT setup works well with this motor too. Other than the head nod while changing gears, there are no other issues. The shifts take a little time, but that’s the nature of AMT. For spirited driving, there’s also manual modes.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Driving

Maruti has softened this car a bit and ride quality is noticeably better than the outgoing car. There are fewer body movements over bad sections of road and aren’t as jarring any more. It soaks up road imperfections in a very mature manner and feels nice and absorbent. The petrol’s steering is light and, with a tight 4.8m turning radius, it’s effortless to twirl around in the city. The return to centre is weak though, like many modern Marutis, and with all that lightness, it doesn’t feel as well connected to the road as before; there’s a bit of vagueness here. However, the diesel feels a bit heavier and more connected in comparison.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Safety

All-new Maruti Suzuki DZire gets disc brake at the front and drum brake at the rear. It can be termed as the best sedan in the segment as Maruti has paid utmost importance to the safety aspect by offering Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), dual front airbags, ISOFix Child Seat Anchorages, and Front seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load limiters as standard fitments across the entire variant range.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Cost in New Delhi

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,44,706/- (Dzire LXI) to 9,41,084/- (Dzire ZDI Plus AT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Dzire from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Dzire price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Bottomline

The perfect amalgamation of stellar pricing and best-in-India mileage makes it the hot favorite car in the segment with a plethora of striking and advanced features on offer. The exterior styling is something out-of-the-box and the availability of AMT gearbox with almost every variant makes it one heck of a car, which could eat up even the sales of premium hatchbacks and compact SUVs.The most obvious observation is the price, which has gone up, making the top-end AMT versions really expensive. Plus, the car doesn’t get any new additions in terms of engine options. But the kind of improvements Maruti has done on this vehicle over its predecessor is overwhelming. These additions have made the 2017 Dzire a fantastic family car. And now, with more AMT options, the Dzire is an ideal choice for someone who don’t want to settle for less and wants a relaxing drive.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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