Finally, Maruti Suzuki India launched the much talked Swift Dzire Facelift in the Indian markets in February early this year. Priced between Rs 5.07 and Rs 7.81 lakhs, the new sedan is surprisingly cheaper than the current outgoing Dzire model. High fuel efficiency and the inclusion of a new automatic variant are the highlights of this facelift apart from additional some features. The overall exterior and interiors have also received some modifications. Let us learn about all these changes in more detail.
On the outside, the vehicle gets a new slightly tweaked body coloured bumper, a new chrome grille with lower air-dam, restyled and larger headlamps with smoked innards, modern LED day time running lights, chrome lined fog lamp housing, new design alloy wheels, and power folding ORVMs with turn indicators. The rear also looks classy with re-designed tail lights and chrome finished boot lid. The reduced boot has brought the Dzire’s length down to 3995mm as compared to the earlier model’s 4160mm. The sub-4 meter sedan will be now available in four new colours of Alp Blue, Cave Black, Magma Grey and Sangria Red, taking the colour palette to a total of seven paint options.
The interior also receives some alterations like new upholstery on the seats, presence of accessory socket at both front and rear and a multifunction steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls on it. Some new features seen are the push button start, cruise control, keyless entry with engine starter button, auto-up function for the driver’s side power window, climate control, reverse parking sensors and a remote boot lid opener. Safety features include ABS, brake assist, front dual SRS airbags, an engine drag control system and EBD.
The engine and mechanics of the new sedan is more or less the same as the previous model. Only they have been tuned in to yield better mileage. Engine options for the 2015 Dzire continue to be the 1.3-litre diesel engine that makes 75PS and a 1.2-litre K-series VVT petrol unit that now makes 84.3PS. A 5-speed gearbox comes standard on both units, while a 4-speed automatic gearbox is available with the petrol. The new Dzire returns a fuel economy of 26.59 kmpl on diesel, which is an improvement of 13 per cent over the previous model; and 20.85 kmpl on petrol, which is an improvement of over 9 per cent. The improvement in fuel efficiency is due to the increased compression ratio in petrol engine. On the other hand, the use an advanced thermal management system, low friction engine oil and an improved fuel injection system increases the mileage in the diesel unit. The suspension set-up has also been improved from the previous Dzire.