New Maruti DZire 2017 Review – With Video
The New Maruti DZire 2017 is launched. Yes you read that right, Maruti Dzire and not Swift Dzire. The Swift moniker has been done away with and the Dzire is now positioned as an all new model. The Dzire has been a runaway success for the company since the time it was launched. From a proper sedan, it later transformed into a compact sedan. This time, it comes in an all new avatar.
This is an all new sedan and is built on the Heartect platform of Suzuki. It continues to be a compact sedan but now has new dimensions. it is bigger than before and has changes in height, width and length. What is visually evident is the new width. The car also is lower in height, which makes it looks more proportionate. The new Maruti Dzire looks much wider than before. Even the weight of the car has reduced due to the new chassis and the car is about 100 kilograms lighter. The New Dzire also sees the introduction of a new variant in its lineup, which is the ZDi +
The same engines power the 2017 Maruti Dzire. These are the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The engine and power ratings remain the same, but the the car performs better as it is lighter. With engines are offered with a five-speed manual transmission and both engines also get AMT options. So there is a choice for automatic in both petrol and diesel and this is a big advantage over competition.
|Variant||Price (ex-showroom , New Delhi)|
|LXi||INR 5.45 lakhs|
|VXi||INR 6.29 lakhs|
|ZXi||INR 7.05 lakhs|
|ZXi+||INR 7.94 lakhs|
|VXi AGS||INR 6.76 lakhs|
|ZXi AGS||INR 7.52 lakhs|
|ZXi+ AGS||INR 8.41 lakhs|
|LDi||INR 6.45 lakhs|
|VDi||INR 7.29 lakhs|
|ZDi||INR 8.05 lakhs|
|ZDi+||INR 8.94 lakhs|
|VDi AGS||INR 7.76 lakhs|
|ZDi AGS||INR 8.52 lakhs|
|ZDi+ AGS||INR 9.41 lakhs|
The price of the New Dzire 2017 sees some changes. However, this change is due to the new variants added. There are a lot of new features offered now, so considering that, the price increase doesn’t seem that much as it offers good value even now. Dual airbags and ABS are now a standard feature across all variants. AMT is offered on the top most variant as well.
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The all new Maruti Swift desire 2017 is underpinned by all new platform, which Suzuki has named as Heartect. The Maruti Baleno is also based on the same platform. High tensile steel is used in this platform, thus making it not only lighter, but even stronger than before. More width in this car result in better driving dynamics.
The 2017 Maruti Dzire looks attractive and stylish from the front now. The design overall is now more proportionate and does not like its trying too hard. The new Dzire comes with a balanced look this is modern as well. The fascia embodies a new imposing grille with chrome surrounds.
Side and Rear
The side profile now looks much more balanced. The boot is very well integrated in the body and doesn’t look like a forced job. The new 15-inch alloy wheels also make the car look smarter. The rear looks similar to the old Dzire but has better styling. The tail lamps are now LED ones and look much more premium. The paint quality has also improved this time. The New Maruti Dzire 2017 is indeed an excellent job my Maruti.
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The New Dzire 2017 indeed has the best looking cabin amongst the compact sedans. The car now has many more features on offer and also has more space inside. The interior colour theme is two tone, with a black and beige combination. The quality of materials are also different now. The cabin feels more airy that the earlier model.
The quality of materials has improved this time. There are matte wood finish inserts that look good and stand out too. The steering wheel is excellent and feels very sporty with the flat bottom. There are areas where more improvement is required, for example the lack of solid feel around. However, overall, the car feels good in terms of quality.
Speaking of space, the New Dzire 2017 offers much more space than before. Especially at the rear, the car is much more improved in terms of space. The rear can easily accomodate three adults. There is also more legroom available now, which was the greatest negative point of the Dzire earlier.
Comfort Features (Variant Wise)
The base model also now offers some goodies, which weren’t earlier offered on the DZire. For instance, it now gets air conditioner with heater, 12V socket, power steering, 12V charging socket and even pollen filter even on the base model.
The V traim offers more bells and whistles. To begin with, there are rear AC vents, keyless entry (remote operated), 12V rear charging socket, all four power windows, central locking, electromagnetic boot opening, electrically adjustable mirrors, driver side, auto down window, height adjustment for driver’s seat and luggage room lamp also.
The Z variant gets engine push start and stop, smart key for keyless entry, automatic climate control, electrically folding mirrors and driver’s side window auto up and down.
In terms of stowage, there are bottle holders on all the four doors. There is even rear arm rest, driver side ticket holder and glovebox with compartments.
Touchscreen Infotainment/Music System
The Dzire 2017 now gets a 20DIN music system on the V variant. It also gets Bluetooth, USB port, aux-in, and plays MP3 format too. The steering has controls for audio and bluetooth telephony. There a for speakers and the sound quality is decent. The Z variant gets six speakers. In the Z+ variant there is a touchscreen offered which has Apple car play and Android auto. It also has Navigation built-in and voice commands too.
Z variant offers leather-wrapped steering wheel and wooden touches too. Dual-tone interiors are standard and then there is also the driver information system, outside temperature display (from Z variant). LED tail lamps are also standard across all variants.
The boot is much larger than before. This is what makes it a better product than before. In the previous car, boot space was too little.
The safety features on offer include dual airbags, ABS with EBD and even brake assist. There is also ISOFIX on all the variants, which makes it a good option to consider. The other features on offer include the front seat belt with pre-tensioners, immobilizer, force limiter, seat belt warning lamps. Key left warning and door open warning are a part of this list.
In the V variant, the additional features are day and night adjustable IRVM, speed sensitive door locking and anti-theft security system.
Z offers reverse parking sensor, front fog lamps, rear defogger as additional features.
The Z+ also offers some additional features too. There is reverse camera with guide that is an extra over the Z variant.
The engines of the Dzire remain the same. There is no change in the power and torque figures of the engines. The petrol engine is the 1.2-litre K-series engine that has four cylinders and a power output of 83bhp. The torque is 115Nm for this engine. This is a sufficiently powerful engine and offers brisk performance in the city and on the highway. The AMT offered with this engine works amazingly well. It hardly has any lag and is very responsive.
The car has good performance because of the light weight.The good about of torque helps achieve good driveability. The diesel engine also has good performance. This is quite a peppy engine too. It has a 1.3-litre DDiS, four-cylinder diesel engine making 75bhp of power and 190Nm of maximum torque. It is noisy at times but offers good drivability and performance.
The AMT on the diesel could have been better tuned. While both engines are offered with AMT, our pick is the petrol AMt. It is a smooth performer and has better drivability that the diesel. The AMT option is not available on the base version which are Lxi and Ldi.
|Petrol in City||14 km/l|
|Petrol on Highway||18 km/l|
|Diesel in city||17 km/l|
|Diesel on Highway||24 km/l|
The Maruti Dzire has always had an advantage in terms of fuel efficiency. The New Dzire has now shed around 100 kilograms, hence it has got even better now. The reduced weight has resulted in better mileage as well as better performance. This makes it the most fuel-efficient car in the country with an economy of 28.4 km/l. Petrol has also seen an increase in its mileage to 22km/l, for both manual and AMT versions.
- Sherwood Brown
- Gallant Red
- Oxford Blue
- Arctic White
- Magma Gray
- Silky Silver
The new DZire is a compact sedan, but still Maruti has made major changes to its dimensions. For instance, the wheelbase has been increase by 20mm to 2,450mm. The car is now wider by 40mm making it to make 1,735mm wide. The height has been reduced by 21mm, which makes it 1,515mm tall. The ground clearance has been cut by 7mm, which now tallies at 163mm. As the new Heartect platform is used, it has reduced the weight of the car by about 105 kilograms, making it quicker, agile and efficient.
Should you buy?
The New 2017 Maruti Dzire has upgraded itself in termes of design, styling, features and also performance and mileage. If this is not a good enough reason to buy this car, then we wonder what is. The Dzire is a much more evolved product now. It is loaded with several contemporary features and also the quality has improved. So, definitely the New Maruti Dzire 2017 is a recommended buy.
Fit and finish not the best