The new Dzire is based on the Heartect platform. It’s also Suzuki’s fifth-gen platform, and the Baleno hatchback is built on this platform only. The upcoming Swift will also be built on this platform. This platform is lighter than the previous but is more rigid as well.
While the new Dzire continues to remain a sub-4m sedan, its wheelbase has grown by 20mm. It appears to have improved the cabin space.
The new Dzire is also wider than the outgoing version by 40mm. Maruti Suzuki has revealed that the front shoulder room is up by 20mm and rear shoulder room has improved by 30mm.
It has a ground clearance of 163mm, 7mm lower than the outgoing Dzire.
The Z trim (ZXi, ZDi) packs in alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering, rear parking sensors, fog lamps, rear defogger, keyless go, auto climate control and electric retract wing mirrors.
New to the line-up is the top spec Z+ trim (ZXi+, ZDi+) that packs in a fair share of tech. Equipment offered on the new top trim includes LED projector headlamps with auto-on function, new alloy wheels (same size as on the ZXi), reverse parking camera and Maruti’s SmartPlay infotainment system.
The new Dzire will rival the likes of the recently facelifted Hyundai Xcent, the Ford Figo Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo, Tata Zest and the Honda Amaze. Expect prices to start in the region of Rs 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom).