Maruti has taken the wraps off its next generation Swift Dzire. The car will be launched on 16th May. In terms of changes, it gets Suzuki’s new ‘Heartect’ platform which was first seen on the new Swift that was unveiled globally in March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
The biggest advantage of the new platform is that it weighs considerably less thanks to the use of a highly rigid frame which reduces the reinforcements which in turn reduces the overall weight of the car. To be specific, the new diesel engine-powered DZire weighs 105 kilos less and the petrol engine-powered model weighs 85 kilos less.
The reduction in weight should, theoretically, make way for a peppier driving experience and better fuel efficiency. While the length of the car is still less than 4 metres, it has gained 40 mm in width and the wheelbase has increased by 20 mm which should mean that the new DZire will feel bigger from the inside.
Changes on the exterior include a new front-end design which takes inspiration from the new generation Swift. The top-end variant of the DZire will come with LED projector headlamps with LED Daytime-Running Lights. Under the hood the DZire gets the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine. The power and torque outputs will be announced at the time of the launch. The biggest powertrain change is that the car will now be available with the choice of AMT transmission will be available in four out of five petrol and diesel engine powered variants – Vxi/Vdi, Zxi/Zdi and Zxi+/Zdi+.