Thursday, February 2, 2012
Maruti Swift Dzire goes 2.0 with its next generation avatar. The new Swift Dzire starts from Rs 4.79lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Like the old Dzire, the new is also available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Most importantly the new Swift Dzire has made the sub-four-metre cut and hence is cheaper than the current Dzire available in the market. The 2012 variant will also be offered as a four-speed automatic petrol variant.
The entry level petrol (LXi) variant starts at Rs 4.79 lakh, and goes up to Rs 6.19 lakh for the top-end ZXi variant. The automatic is only available in the VXi variant at Rs 6.54 lakh. The entry level diesel version starts at Rs 5.80 lakh and Rs 7.09 lakh for the top-end.
The new Dzire makes its entry in to the compact saloon category and this makes it quite different from the current variant. The car is shorter by 165mm at 3995mm. This means the boot gets shorter and will more or less look like a notchback instead of a proper sedan. The 316 litres boot space is a on a tight leash but is still good enough to hold the weekend’s luggage.
The power mills are the same 86bhp, 1.2-litre petrol and 74bhp, 1.3-litre diesel motors. The K-Series petrol engine is peppier by 2bhp compared to the older car. The 1.3-litre DDiS motor remains mainly unchanged.
In terms of the looks, the compact sedan manages to look different from its hatchback cousin – the Swift. The slatted grille at the front and wider air dam along with bigger fog light capsules are the makeovers at the exteriors.
On the backside, the quarter glass is now more typical along with bigger doors. The interior cabin is not much alien except for the odd beige plastics on the lower portion of the dashboard and door pads and the light seat fabrics really enhance the ambience inside.
On the road, the petrol Dzire hits the 0-100kph mark in 12.6 sec, while the diesel Dzire would take 14.8 secs for the same. The new Maruti Swift Dzire competes with the likes of the Tata Indigo eCS, Toyota Etios and the Mahindra Verito.