Maruti Suzuki Dzire Hatchback First Drive & Transmission
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview
Being a niche sub-segment which was born out of the urge to take advantage of a local tax regulation, the development of every compact entry sedan was always going to be a bit of ‘jugaad’ engineering. In a way, it is a reflection of the collective Indian mindset considering our penchant for tax avoidance and our irrational acceptance of the sedan as an ‘aspirational’ body style.
But a sub-four-metre sedan can’t be an optimal package because there is very little room to work with; and it would inevitably tend to be an ungainly variant of the hatchback on which it was built. Almost every compact sedan currently in the market has seemed uncomfortable in its skin. The outgoing Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been a prime example. The Swift was already not the best package in terms of the exterior dimensions to interior space leverage. And the shared hatchback design was too overpowering even in the second gen Dzire sedan. But both these facets of the Dzire will change with the introduction of the new 2017 model. Request a test drive for Dzire in Tryaldrive
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Design & Style
The first and foremost thing we would like to mentioned here before going into any other details is the new generation compact Sedan based on an entirely new Heartect platform which also underpins the Baleno as well as the Ignis. This new platform has helped the car lose some weight and as a result the fully loaded Diesel variant tips weight below 1000 Kilograms.
Let’s talk about styling, and instantly you will realize that the new Dzire shares its front face with the new generation Swift which has not been launched yet. The redesigned headlamps look sharp and are actually slightly smaller than its predecessor. The top end trim gets projector headlight setup. The headlight unit also gets integrated LED detailing inside as standard the high-end trim, on the other hand, gets LED DRL’s as standard. There is no doubt that the new generation Dzire looks much better in the flesh because of its proportionate boot. The rear boot although does not look attractive but the overall modern styling now actually looks better and goes well with the overall car. The rear taillamps get LED units which come as standard across the range. The base and mid variants gts steel wheels the top end trims gets an entirely new set of alloy wheels.
The new Dzire looks identical to the new generation Swift till the B-Pillar and Maruti has done a brilliant job of reworking the rear profile to make it match with the front profile of the sedan.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Cabin & Comfort
Like the elegant exterior, the cabin of the new Dzire looks more mature and upmarket. The layered dashboard is uncluttered with the large touchscreen infotainment system dominating proceedings. The touchscreen system on the top ZDi+ variant also features Apple CarPlay and the screen itself is crisp and functionality is easy too. The leather wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel is great to hold and the faux wood finish looks convincing too. Quality has improved considerably over the old car and choice of materials and panel gaps are much more consistent than before. But the Hyundai Xcent still holds an edge as far as fit and finish is concerned and things like the glove box opening, door pad materials and attention to detail is not as good.
Thanks to the larger footprint the roomy cabin doesn’t come as a surprise. The front seats are big, supportive and have acres of legroom. Thanks to the height-adjustable driver seat and the steering which adjusts for rake, finding an ideal driving position is easy. Even at the rear, the sense of space is really good and three adults can sit in decent comfort. The rear bench is well shaped and the backrest angle is ideal too. The addition of AC vents at the rear enhances the rear seat experience further and now the Dzire works well as a chauffeur driven car too. On the downside the seat squab is on the shorter side (compromises thigh support), the seat cushioning is too soft and headroom especially for tall passengers is limited. There are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin in form of four bottle holders, four cup holders and multiple cubbies for knick-knacks, but the glove box is a bit too shallow and it doesn’t get cooling function too. The boot at 376 litres is big and the large boot opening makes loading large bags quite easy too.
In the top ZDi+ trim the Dzire comes equipped with touchscreen infotainment system which houses Apple CarPlay, navigation and a music system. Apart from this the Dzire gets all the basics like climate control, key-less go, reverse camera with sensors, auto headlamps, daytime running lamps and a comprehensive trip computer flanked by a fantastic new instrumentation. In terms of safety, Maruti sets a new benchmark by offering two airbags and ABS as standard across the range. The new Dzire is also compliant with the upcoming safety norms, which adds to its feel-good factor.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine Gearbox
The new Dzire carries over the same two powertrains from the previous generation. So, it is the same 1,197cc VVT petrol engine and the 1,248cc DDiS diesel engine with their 5-speed manual gearboxes. The powertrains get changes to their calibration and the automated manual transmission (AMT) makes an appearance in the Dzire. The AMT which we have seen in smaller Marutis is still the same basic tech involving sensors and hydraulic shifters mounted on top of the manual gearbox. The AMT’s relatively unrefined shifting characteristic is also, unfortunately, a carry-over. Unlike a torque converter or continuously variable (CVT) auto transmissions, AMTs tend to have prominent shift shocks during heavy acceleration. But, the head nodding pull during up shifts eases up during cruising speeds. Kick downs to lower gears when I stomp the throttle for an overtake maneuver also tend to be less urgent, but at slower speeds there is a double shift down from overdrive gears. With a lot of low-end torque being available, the diesel AMT was easier to use overall. Buyers have to be aware that the AMT tech is oriented towards optimising mileage in city driving cycles and so there is a certain inevitable performance compromise.
The petrol engine in the Dzire produces a peak power of 61kW at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 113Nm at 4,200rpm. This is a quiet, refined engine with its performance being an ideal combination for all types of driving cycles, My personal preference would be the manual transmission for both the petrol and diesel engines, but with more and more buyers preferring AMTs Maruti is now offering three trim variants each with the automated gearbox. The Dzire’s diesel engine delivers 55kW of power and 190Nm of torque. Peak torque is available from 2,000rpm. This common rail direct injection engine’s familiar character means that driving it in a Maruti is somehow always more pleasurable than in any other brand’s cars. It does get a bit raucous at high revs, but if you are a driver that loves to be connected with the car, this engine will keep you amply engaged.
The new Dzire sees a big jump in handling quality. The suspension is now firmer, but not rigid. Driving through some of the biggest potholes in sections of Old Goa was still a breeze. There was no unsettling rattle and body roll was well contained. It feels so much more self-assured on really bad roads, with none of the previous gen’s thrashing about. The same kind of praise can’t be heaped on the over-assisted steering. With an obvious bias towards easy maneuverability in tight city traffic, it becomes quickly clear that the setting can feel quite vague at higher speeds on the highway. Steering wheel return assistance during u-turns is also lower than I expected. But, the flat-bottom wheel design does help during city driving cycles.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Safety & Security
The good thing about the new Swift Dzire is that Maruti has decided to provide the driver side airbag and ABS as standard across all its variants while the other safety features available in some other options includes Dual Front Airbags, Collapsible Steering, Security Alarm, Fog Lamps and Seatbelts with Pre-tensioners.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Price in Bangalore
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,42,341/- (Dzire LXI) to 9,31,451/- (Dzire ZDI Plus AT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Dzire from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Bangalore. check for Dzire price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Bottomline
The new generation Dzire surely looks modern and loaded. The exterior styling has taken its inspiration from the new Swift and thus has increased its sporty appeal. The interiors also get plenty of new features like a rear AC vents, new 7.0 Inch touchscreen infotainment system and automatic climate control which has given the new sedan some upmarket feel. Although there has been no change in the drivetrain department, the lightweight platform means that car now has better performance besides being more fuel efficient. Lastly, the addition of AGS also means that the both the diesel and petrol variant drivers can now enjoy clutchless driving in bumper to bumper city traffic.Tags: Maruti Suzuki