Maruti Suzuki has updated its hugely popular Dzire compact sedan so that the model complies with new safety norms that come into effect on July 1, 2019. All versions of the Dzire now come with a seat-belt reminder for the front seats, a speed-alert system and rear parking sensors as standard in line with AIS-145 safety norms. The third-gen Dzire was launched in 2017 with standard-fit ABS and dual airbags.
Maruti has also upgraded the Dzire’s 83hp, 1.2-litre K12B petrol engine to BS6-spec. The carmaker has announced its model range will be BS6-compliant well before the new emission norms take effect on April 1, 2020. Petrol Dzire aside, the 2019 Alto and petrol-engine versions of the Baleno, Wagon R and Swift are already BS6-compliant. The Dzire’s 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine continues as is for the moment but will be phased out by year end. As is widely known, Maruti will stop selling diesel-engine cars altogether by early 2020.
The updates have resulted in a marginal price hike of Rs 3,000 on Dzire diesel variants while the petrol Dzires are pricier by up to Rs 13,000. As before, both petrol and diesel engine Dzire models are available with manual and AMT gearbox options.
One of Maruti Suzuki’s strongest-selling models (it features in the top five sales lists every month), the Dzire rivals the likes of the Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Tata Tigor and Hyundai Xcent. Maruti had also announced recently that they have sold over 19 lakh units of the compact sedan since the first-gen model launched in India, back in 2008.