2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire new vs old: Comparison

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Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been the company’s hot-selling car. Everything today needs an update keeping in pace with the new generation. Hence, Maruti too is launching the new-generation Dzire in the Indian market on May 16.

It goes without saying that the new model has received a lot of changes, that are not just cosmetic but skin deep.

Almost all the aspect of the old model have been revamped in order to give not just a fresh look but a complete new identity to the new Dzire.

Between the period of 2008 and 2017, the Maruti Suzuki has sold out around 17 lakh units of the compact sedan, which alone accounts for 50% of the overall sales of sedans in India.

Let’s have a look at how the new Dzire is different from the old one in a detailed comparison:

Design:

The new Maruti Dzire sports an all-new look as far as the design is concirned. Maruti has ditched the single thick chrome slat at the front and the new car now sports a broader chrome grille with horizontal slats. The bumper has been redesigned and sports new fog lamp housings.

Sober looking units with integrated LED daytime running lamps have replaced the big wraparound headlamp unit. An all-new auto LED projector headlamps are also there.

The wheelbase is now longer by 20mm, providing more space inside the cabin. It’s 40mm wider and 40mm shorter than the existing Dzire. The ground clearance now gets reduced to 163mm – down by 7mm from the outgoing version.

The new Dzire now comes with two-tone 15-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Coming to the rear profile, LED guide lights in the redesigned tail lamps don’t wraparound the sides like they used to before. A thick chrome strip adorns the boot lid and the variant badging has now moved towards the lower end of the boot lid. The revamped rear bumper sports a set of reflectors. The high mount stop lamp is now flat and gets the LED treatment as well.

The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire will be available in six exterior colours options – Oxford Blue, Sherwood Brown, Gallant Red, Magma Gray, Silky Silver and Arctic White.

Interior:

The new Dzire now features a touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and navigation.

Rear AC vents, climate control and a reverse parking camera with sensors are the new add ons. Also, a charging socket and a phone holder next to the rear aircon vent is also there. The steering is a new flat-bottomed one with burl wood touch imbibes that provide a feel of sportiness and luxury.

One of the most important updates is the capacious boot space, which now stands at 376 litres – up by a good 60 litres. ABS with EBD, airbags and ISOFIX come as standard across variants.

The new car has more space inside the cabin, thanks to the increased wheelbase and width. Hence, the rear shoulder room is now increased by 30mm and by 20mm at the front. The knee room at the rear too gets increased by nearly 40mm. The rear cabin space of the old Swift Dzire was not enough, but has now been addressed with the new model. The overall height of the car has been reduced, hence the seat height also gets dropped by 21mm.

Engine:

The petrol version of the new Dzire is lighter by 85 kg, while the diesel variant by 105 kg. The new car retains the same 1.2-litre 84.3PS petrol engine and a 1.3-litre 75PS diesel powermill.

Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Maruti has ditched the 4-speed AT gearbox from the petrol trims of the new Dzire. The automaker has equipped both the petrol and the diesel version with the AGS (Auto Gear Shift) system. However, the automated manual transmission is available across all variants except for the base LXi and LDi.

Price:

As the new Dzire comes loaded with host of new features, it is likely to cost more than the old Dzire. A price bump of Rs 30,000-40,000 over each variant of the current Dzire is expected.

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