The second-generation Swift Dzire compact sedan was launched way back in February 2012. Three years down the line, the popular compact sedan segment has seen many new entrants, such as the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Mahindra Verito Vibe. This year, two more models – the new Ford Figo compact sedan and the Tata Kite compact sedan – will arrive in our showrooms. To keep itself in the game, Maruti has now launched the updated Swift Dzire.
Like the Swift hatchback, Maruti has decided to play it safe with the Dzire’s exterior styling. The updated compact sedan’s front bumper is all-new, and now comes with a larger air dam.There are chrome accents on the sides around the fog lamp housings, while the grille now sports honeycomb styling and a thick chrome bar on the top.
Moving on to the sides, the alloy wheels on the top variants get an all-new design, while the lower variants get restyled wheel caps. Maruti has added new paint shades to the updated Swift Dzire’s line-up. It also gets new seat fabrics. The new Lxi (O) variant comes with all the equipment on offer in the base LXi trim, and additionally gets front power windows and remote locking.
The updated Swift Dzire VDi and VXi now come with the same audio player as the Z trims,barring the Bluetooth function. It also gets electrically folding wing mirrors as standard. The top-spec trims of the updated Dzire get additions such as remote locking with push-button start, Bluetooth for the audio player and rear parking sensors. The top trims come withautomatic climate control while others do with a manual AC. Also standard in the top two trims is a 12V accessory socket for the rear passenger.
As far as safety features go, the Dzire VDi, ZDi and ZXi now come with ABS and EBD while the ZXi and ZDi come with dual front airbags.
The refreshed Swift Dzire’s petrol engine has also been tweaked, in pursuit of better fuel efficiency. Its 1.2-litre petrol motor is now marginally less powerful (83.1bhp instead of 85.8bhp) but delivers an increase in fuel efficiency (20.85 kpl instead of 19.1 kpl). The diesel motor, on the other hand, continues with the same power output, but now delivers 3.19kpl more (26.59kpl instead of 23.4 kpl), thanks to a tweaked ECU and reduced friction. This makes the Dzire diesel achieve best effeciency figures for a diesel car sold in India.
The Swift Dzire petrol manual is now available in four trims while the diesel comes in three. The petrol automatic variant is also on offer, which comes with a four-speed gearbox.
Here are the prices for the updated Maruti Swift Dzire compact sedan.
Dzire LXi – Rs. 5.07 lakh
Dzire LXi (O) – Rs. 5.20 lakh
Dzire VXi – Rs. 5.85 lakh
Dzire ZXi – Rs. 6.80 lakh
Dzire LDi – Rs. 5.99 lakh
Dzire VDi – Rs. 6.85 lakh
Dzire ZDi – Rs. 7.81 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi)