‘Change is the only constant’, this adage perfectly defines the changing dynamics in the automotive fraternity that has triggered a trend of constantly rolling out facelifts and new generation versions to combat rising competition.
As the all-new Dzire prepares to enter the third generation, we bring you a collation of images that illustrates Dzire’s evolution from first-generation to the third-generation.
– Maruti introduced the sedan version of its flagship Swift in March 2008 under the Swift Dzire moniker. The sedan looked identical to its donor hatchback save for the additional boot at the back.
– The Swift Dzire carline was launched in petrol and diesel fuel options with a manual transmission. Power source for the petrol version came from the 1.3-litre, ALTec 32 engine good for 87bhp and the 1.3-litre DDiS oil burner with 190Nm of torque.
– Priced aggressively between Rs 4.49 lakh to Rs 6.70 lakh (ex-showroom price), the Swift Dzire offered a good mix of features including integrated stereo, automatic climate control, power windows, dual airbags and ABS with EBD.
– The second-generation model debuted in 2012 with comprehensive changes in line with the new Swift. As a part of the update, it received a new 1.2-litre, K-Series petrol engine with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission on the VXi petrol.
– On the outside, it received a completely new face sporting new grille, revised bumper and redesigned headlamps. In attempt to make it spacious, Maruti increased the width, height and wheelbase. Underpinning the Swift platform, the sedan received 150 new changes.
– Sporting a raft of changes, Maruti launched the second-gen Dzire at a sticker price of Rs 4.79 lakh that went up to Rs 7.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
– In January 2016, Maruti added the automated manual transmission to the Swift Dzire which further added to its credibility in the segment.
Fast forward to 2017 and Maruti is all set to bring the third-generation model that will be sold under the ‘Dzire’ nameplate. The sedan will mimic its hatchback sibling in terms of styling.
– Built on the ‘Heartect’ platform, the new Dzire gets radical changes on the outside as well as inside. The front profile with a new hexagonal chrome laden grille, reshaped headlamps and a new bumper is a far cry from its predecessor now sold under the Dzire Tour badge.
– The cabin is more upmarket with use of better quality material, improved fit & finish and new connectivitytech like Maruti’s SmartPlay touchsreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
– While the 1.2-litre & 1.3-litre engines have been carried over from the predecessor, it is expected to be slightly more frugalcourtesy the new lightweight platform that reduces the weight substantially.
– With dimensional changes, exterior updates, more upmarket cabin and additional kit, the new Dzire is all set to be edgier and more desirable. Slated to launch on May 16, 2017 we expect the sedan to be priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 8.5 lakh.