Maruti Suzuki Dzire Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Dzire is clearly the supreme leader of the subcompact sedan space, a segment which is only unique to India. The concept of a sub 4-metre sedan itself was formed out of legislation and it is a perfect example of how car manufacturers in India can adapt to a circumstance that is more of a ‘jugaad’ and less sensibility. Still, carmakers have managed to achieve huge profits out of this segment and the success story of the previous two generations of the Dzire sedan is a testament to that.

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Having said that, the sub 4-meter subcompact sedan market, on the whole, is looking at a decline and at a time like this Maruti Suzuki has introduced the third-generation Dzire. So, could there be a hat-trick in the play for the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire? We drive the car to answer that very question, so read on to know if the new-generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire – that has now dropped the Swift name – still has what it takes to sustain its reign. Apply Car loan for Maruti Suzuki Dzire at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Exteriors

The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire is based on the next generation Swift that should come to India by the end of FY 2017-18. However it’s only the front that it borrows from the hatchback, and of course, the platform as well. Unlike the previous generations, the new Dzire is a completely different car from the new Swift A-pillar onwards. Also Read – Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Baleno vs Brezza

The countenance is purposeful with muscle at the right places on the bonnet and the wheel arches. The hexagonal front grille is also short and wide, and it all adds to make the Dzire look broad. Chrome work is generous on the front grille, below the fog lamp housing and even in the headlamp unit, but it doesn’t look overdone. In fact, the quality of chrome is so good that it would match the finish on cars twice its price. Unfortunately, Maruti Suzuki offers LED projectors and DRLs on the top ZXi+ variant only, so the lower variants get reflector headlamp units that tone down the aggression a bit.

The muscle on the bonnet is carried on to the front fender and a sharp shoulder line weaves through from the front to the rear. A pinched character line at the lower end breaks the monotony of what would otherwise be a plain design. The A-pillar onwards, the Dzire looks more sedan-like in profile with the roof flowing from the A-pillar to the C-pillar smoothly. The proportions are better too, as Maruti Suzuki has increased the width by 40mm and reduced the roof height by 40mm. However, the ground clearance is reduced only by by 7mm, down to 163mm now. So, while the Dzire will tackle the speed breakers of different sizes with ease, sharp gradient changes may require you to double check the front overhang before committing to them.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Interiors

The cabin takes a leap forward. The immediate impression is that of much improved design and quality. The beige and black dashboard gets a more premium and grown up theme to siblings like the Ignis. The faux wood trim across the dash, steering bottom and door panels has a nice satin like sheen. You won’t be fooled into thinking it’s real wood, but it doesn’t come across as tacky either. The ZXi+ and ZDi+ models get a large touch screen display with GPS navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This crisp display uses a similar system to the Baleno and Ignis and is friendly to operate. The instrument cluster features simple, but smart, grey on black dials that flank a black-and white multi-info display. The display offers the typical trip and efficiency data but has some unused space, especially in the manuals where there is no gear position indicator. Makes you miss the lovely colour display from the Baleno.

Towards the rear, Maruti has addressed our two primary complaints with the previous Dzire – rear kneeroom and boot space. Thanks partly to a 20mm hike in wheelbase and different packaging offered by the Heartect platform, the Dzire now offers plenty of knee-room, even with the front seat adjusted for a 6 foot tall driver. Headroom is a little lower than before, but our in-house, 6’1″ tall driver found his head free of contact with the roof, but only just. We can’t confirm if it is the segment best just yet, but rear space is certainly no longer a bone of contention. Check for Maruti Suzuki Dzire in byteintobigdata

All models upwards of the base spec get a split rear ac vent, a 12v power socket as well as a central armrest with two cup holders. Stowage space is generous with two cupholders upfront, a space for your wallet or keys under the handbrake and full-size water bottle holders in the doors. In typical Maruti fashion, ergonomics are spot on, but we do miss reach adjust in the steering wheel, something the cheaper Baleno gets. The cupholder ahead of the front left aircon vent from the old car is gone too, pity that. Finally, the boot is up from a paltry 316-litres to 378-litres. It’s not the segment best, but it’s finally at a realistic level of usability. Overall fit and finish is at the pleasing levels we’ve come to expect from the the premium new Marutis.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Performance

Powering the new Dzire are the trusty, reliable 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel units that were in the older Dzire. The power and torque outputs are also left unchanged. What has changed, though, is the automatic transmission which Maruti is offering in the form of a 5-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) unit from the V variant onward as opposed to the top-end trim earlier. The new Dzire has also shed weight by 85-95kg depending on the engine.

We were highly impressed by the AMT in the Ignis and hence had high expectations from the Dzire’s setup too. Maruti says that it has tweaked the gearing and calibration of the AMT in the Dzire. Driving the Dzire diesel AMT in the city is a smooth affair and the creep function further adds to the convenience in stop and go conditions. But out on open roads, the ‘head-nodding’ that’s usually associated with AMT gearboxes (but was surprisingly absent in the Ignis) rears its annoying head when you upshift around the 2000rpm mark. Looking to overtake? You may need to plan your move in advance by slamming the accelerator or slowing down to downshift prior to making that pass. The easier option we feel is to just switch to manual mode but that would mean keeping your left arm occupied.

If highways are where you do most of your driving, then you should look at the diesel manual. The gearbox is responsive and shifts occur seamlessly and you barely feel any lag. Despite the weight loss, the diesel still feels heavier and you have to wait a bit for the car to gather pace. After that, it will happily cruise at 80-100kmph band without a fuss. Overall, the engine feels smooth, more refined and less noisier now, though some coarseness is still there.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Driving

If I were to rate the most significant high points of the new Dzire, its ride comfort would come a close second after its interior space; it’s that unbelievable. Three key areas show significant improvement – the damping, the steering steadiness and robustness while tackling bigger potholes. The additional weight of the diesel Dzire lets the suspension setup deal with road uncertainties with aplomb. The characteristic can be experienced at both low and high speeds, and it ups the plushness of the cabin. The steering is also steadier now in and maintains its centre position when going over rough patches without much driver effort, which builds the driver confidence. The third, and the most common of the complaints associated with Maruti cars – that of crashing into the potholes, has also been addressed. The Dzire goes over uneven surfaces and even bigger uncertainties without any harshness.

The new Dzire is built on Suzuki’s Heartect platform which is more rigid than the one on which it was based before. Apart from it passing the crash tests, it also improves the stability. The Dzire feels more planted now than before at speeds closer to three digits. While the platform makes it stable, the steering starts to get lighter with an increase in speed and makes it a nervous handler. At low speeds, the same steering feels better weighed. Braking is one department that doesn’t see any improvement. The Dzire still lacks the initial bite, and speed sheds only when you press the B-pedal hard. So, while the Dzire maintains composure under hard braking, it’s still not confidence inspiring.7

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Safety

One of the Dzire’s biggest plus points is that it’s now equipped with dual airbags and ABS right from the base L variant while managing to price it cheaper than the older corresponding L (Optional) variant with safety features by Rs 7,000. That’s a massive statement from Maruti with regard to its focus on safety. What’s important to note is that the Dzire is built on Maruti’s Heartect platform that makes it ready for future safety norms.

Other standard elements of the safety kit include ISOFIX child seat anchorages to secure your young ones and front seatbelts with pretensioner and force limiter. However, reverse parking sensor is offered only in the Z variant and if you want a reverse parking camera as well, you need to buy the Z+ variant. We wish Maruti had provided parking sensors at least in the V variant considering how important they have become for our road conditions these days. Features such as central locking, speed-sensing door locks and anti-theft system were standard earlier but are now offered only from V variant onwards.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Price in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Dzire On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,13,172 to 10,64,473 for variants Dzire LXI and Dzire ZDI Plus AT respectively. Maruti Suzuki Dzire is available in 14 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Dzire variants price in Chennai.Check for Dzire price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Final Thought

Maruti Suzuki has widened the appeal of the Dzire by having ironed out the major shortcomings of the previous Swift Dzire – interior space and looks. The new Dzire looks premium inside-out and has enough equipment to match its appeal. Undoubtedly, the price has gone up too. However, the lower variants are still competitive and it now comes with ABS and airbags as standard.The higher variants bring with them a sense of affordable luxury and carry the burden of filling the void that the Ciaz has left in Maruti Suzuki showrooms. Needless to say, the Dzire looks promising to fill it. The Dzire looks in shape to take off from where the Swift Dzire left. There are niggles but only for those who nitpick. The new Dzire looks ready to live up to its name, finally.

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