Suzuki introduces the all-new Suzuki Dzire as stand-alone model range
Suzuki Auto has introduced an all-new Suzuki Dzire as a stand-alone brand with new styling, a new platform and even more value than before.
The Dzire was originally developed alongside the Suzuki Swift to offer a more family-orientated sedan body shape of the popular hatchback. It has since evolved to serve a large and distinctive market for young families and has become the most popular B-segment sedan in the world.
For the new Suzuki Dzire, chief engineer Masao Kobori has accentuated the Dzire’s most popular features, including its interior space and driving dynamics. At the same time, Suzuki’s designers have created a style that is unique to the Dzire and focused on its sedan target market.
Authentic sedan styling
Several exterior design features make the all-new Suzuki Dzire stand out. Viewed from the front, the model has a smooth polygonal grille, large headlamps and chrome detailing on the grille and below the integrated fog lamp area.
The Dzire also features a unique bonnet design, sharply raked A-pillars and a smooth shoulder line that flows straight back from the middle of the front doors to the rear LED combination tail lights.
The design not only creates a distinctive character for the new Dzire but has been aerodynamically optimised for an improvement of 18% in drag coefficient over its predecessor. This helps to lower cabin noise at high speeds and improves overall fuel consumption.
Driver focused, family-friendly cabin
As part of its new status as a separate model range in the Suzuki stable, the new Dzire has a unique dashboard design that emphasises style and usability. It is fitted with silver accents throughout the dashboard and air vents that mimic the design of the front grille.
In front of the driver there is a new instrument cluster, with clearly readable instrumentation and a multi-information display. The GL-specification level adds a tachometer, additional silver accents and premium white illumination.
All Dzire models are equipped with air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, airbags for the driver and front passenger, a tilt-adjustable steering column, a security alarm and immobiliser and ISOFIX anchor points for rear-fitted child seats.
The GL-specification level adds rear air vents and an additional 12V socket, a Suzuki audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front fog lamps, colour-coded, electrically adjustable side mirrors and steering-mounted audio controls. This specification level is also fitted with Suzuki’s high-grade upholstery with rear foldable armrest with integrated cup holders.
Like its sibling, the Suzuki Swift, the Dzire is built on Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform. This platform not only increases passive and dynamic safety and lowers weight, but it increases interior cabin space thanks to a longer wheelbase and wider cabin.
In the Dzire, the increase in space is focused on the rear passengers. Suzuki has increased the space between the front and rear seats by a massive 55 mm and increased shoulder width for rear passengers by 15 mm. In the front, the occupants now have 10 mm of additional shoulder width.
The new Dzire also offers significantly more boot space than its predecessor. The sedan has 378 litres of boot space, which is 78 litres or 26% more than before.
Frugal K12M engine
The Dzire is fitted with the same K12M engine that powers the all-new Swift. The engine is has a high compression ratio, which in turn offers improved fuel consumption and better thermal performance.
In the Dzire, the 1.2 litre engine delivers 61 kW at 6 000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4 200 rpm. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox with new convergent shifting system for smoother, more secure shifts or the automated manual gearbox (AMT). The AMT gearbox uses an automatically actuating clutch and is fitted with a ‘creep’ function to improve low speed comfort, like in slow moving traffic or when parking.
The Dzire, thanks to the new HEARTECT platform, weighs a massive 75 kg less than its predecessor at 890 kg. The lower weight benefits overall fuel consumption, which has been tested at 4.9 litres / 100 km for both the manual and automated manual models in a combined driving cycle.
The Suzuki Dzire is available in three model derivatives and in seven colours, namely Oxford Blue Pearl Metallic, Sherwood Brown Pearl Metallic, Gallant Red Pearl Metallic, Arctic White Pearl, Silky Silver Metallic, Magma Grey Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic.
All models are sold with Suzuki’s acclaimed 5-year / 200 000 km mechanical warranty and a 2-year / 30 000 km service plan.
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