2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire first drive review

first_imgThere is little to doubt that the Maruti-Suzuki Dzire is amongst the best selling sedans in the country. To be honest the Dzire was briefly the best-seller amongst all categories piping its sibling, the Maruti-Suzuki Alto from the throne. So there must be something about this car which makes it tick. But with the competition heating up, the Dzire had started looking a bit old school. Well, the company has no intentions of letting that happen and in turn affect sales. So enter the all new Dzire. Maruti Suzuki has also decided to drop the ‘Swift’ tag from the Dzire and hence from now on the sedan will be referred to as just the Dzire.Design:For starters the Dzire is based on the new ‘Heartect’ platform which also serves the recently launched Baleno. The engineers have now increased the wheelbase and reduced the overhangs thus freeing up space within the cabin. So in turn the new Dzire is wider and lower than before. On the downside, ground clearance has come down by 7mm to 163mm.Overall the Dzire remains as a ‘sub-4m’ compact sedan. The Dzire also looks a lot more proportionate than before. It comes with the new Swift face but it differentiates itself quite well.The front grille, headlamps and bumper get chrome embellishments which give it a premium look. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The front grille, headlamps and bumper get chrome embellishments which give it a premium look. The headlamps come with automatic LED projector lamps with integrated day time running lamps. Flared wheel arches and sporty alloy give it a nice profile. At the back the new Dzire looks a lot better than before. There are new LED tail lamps which are larger and the boot too can now hold 376 litres of cargo as compared to 317 litres before.advertisementInterior:The interiors are also completely spruced up with an all new dash which now comes with the same entertainment panel as seen on the Brezza, Baleno and Ignis. The steering is a flat bottomed unit and offers controls for audio and Bluetooth as well. Maruti Suzuki has also offered faux wood trip to make the cabin look and feel upmarket and it works.The interiors are also completely spruced up with an all new dash which now comes with the same entertainment panel as seen on the Brezza, Baleno and Ignis. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The new Dzire also offers more space within the cabin and this is especially the case at the back. There is also a rear air con vent and a 12V charging plug. As far as safety is concerned the new Dzire will come with two airbags and ABS as standard across all variants. Additionally there are more safety features now.The instrument cluster gets two analog and one digital system. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Engine:Engine options will include the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engine. While these are the same engines which serve the Dzire now, they have been spruced up to be more efficient. Apart from the standard 5-speed manual, Maruti Suzuki is also offering the Dzire with the Auto Gearshift System. The AGS will be available with both petrol and diesel versions.Engine options will include the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engine. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Ride Quality:We on our drive got to sample both the petrol AMT and the diesel AMT variants. The petrol version immediately impressed us with its excellent NVH packaging. The motor is barely audible within the cabin thereby keeping the drive experience extremely comfortable. There is also ample power to play with and we must applaud the engineers of doing a splendid job with the AMT. The gears shift through seamlessly and within no time it has shifted to fifth thereby increasing fuel efficiency. The downshifts are quick too and helping matters is the manual override function which allows for manual up or downshifts. The gearbox is also ready to play sport when the driver gets excited. With a generous right foot, the revs are held on thereby offering brisk acceleration.At the back, there are new LED tail lamps which are larger and the boot too can now hold 376 litres of cargo as compared to 317 litres before. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The diesel on the other hand is a bit noisier and the crackle does enter the cabin. At lower rpms it is not much of a bother but as revs climb, the noise becomes more prominent. The diesel though feels more powerful around the 1,800rpm mark and this is where the turbo spools up thereby delivering a dollop of tug. Thus once in the right rev band, the Dzire diesel takes off rather fast. But with the AMT box in tow, the lag is prominent as the box tries to up shift as soon as possible thereby dropping the revs down. This glitch is taken care of by shifting to the manual mode where one can stick to a gear thereby keeping the motor revving right.advertisementVerdict: So overall the new Dzire is properly an all new car and considering that it is available with a host of variants including petrol, diesel, manual and auto, there is little to doubt that read more