Maruti Suzuki Dzire | The Sub-4-Meter Sedan Leader

Maruti Suzuki Dzire The Sub-4-Meter Sedan Leader

What is the best mantra to be successful in the Indian automotive industry or say the global industry? Understanding consumer preferences. That’s it! And Maruti Suzuki has been successfully doing this from the past 37 years. Affordability and best fuel efficiency, these two parameters are the ones that the company has been relying on. One such offering that completely followed the consumer trends is the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Let’s have a look at where it all started.

2008 – A new sedan in the market

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire 1st Gen

And Maruti Suzuki listens. Maruti Suzuki Swift that was launched in 2005 was doing great in the hatchback segment. The company decided to add a boot to it making it a sedan. It was not a sub-4 metre though. The sedan stood around 160mm lengthier. There were two engine options. A 1.3-litre petrol engine and a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine. The company replaced the petrol engine with its K-series 1.2-litre unit in order to meet the BS4 norms. The engine was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Talking about the features, the new sedan was equipped with a very basic list of features such as air-conditioner and power steering.

Talking about the design, the front was carried forward from the Swift itself. At the rear, the overhang introduced due to the boot space was not at all forced one. The car looked rather proportionate. It was well-received in the market.

2012 – Maruti Swift Dzire gets an overhaul

The second generation

The car was doing good in the segment. Maruti decided to make it better so it does better. First of all, the price was reduced. How? By axing down the boot by 165mm in order to get the tax benefits of sub-4 metre cars. It significantly attracted a lot of customers as this reduction was not a prominent one when it comes to the looks of the sedan.

Another change was the introduction of a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. The company also introduced a four-speed automatic transmission option, though only available in VXi trim.

The 2015 Facelift

The 2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire was rated the most fuel-efficient diesel car in India. With better fuel economy and price, the compact sedan became the best seller in the segment.

The Interior

The 2015 facelift also added a bunch of features like power-folding ORVMs with turn indicators, reverse parking sensors, push-button start, remote boot lid opener and much more. There were few cosmetic changes such as a new bumper, restyled headlamps, chrome grille and new design alloy wheels.

2017 – The All-new compact Sedan with a shorter name

Was it that the government started to roll out tax benefits for the cars with a shorter name? No, this was not the case. It was just simply done by the company whatsoever be the reason. The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire was called Maruti Suzuki Dzire only. There is no Siwft left in the name.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire | 3rd Generation

But it was not only the name that changed. The platform of the sedan was also changed. It was now built on the HEARTECT platform of Maruti Suzuki which was borrowed from the Baleno. This meant lighter yet agile chassis.

And that’s not all! There was a major change in design aspects too. Especially at the front, the old grille was replaced by a new hexagonal grille. It was flanked by all-new projector headlamps and LED DRLs. The new sedan was cleaner and looked compact now.


Talking about the interiors, there was new flat-bottom steering with steering-mounted controls added to the Dzire. The centre console had a new touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interiors were now a bit more premium.

2020 – Dzire with the All-new Front Fascia 

India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki gave a much-awaited facelift to its top-selling compact sedan, Dzire.

The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Dzire

The new BS6 emission norms deeply impacted the auto industry in India. Many manufacturers had to pull the plug on their diesel offerings. Maruti Suzuki is one of them.

  • The only engine option available now is a new Petrol engine. The engine is a 1.2-Litre DualJet VVT naturally aspirated engine. This is a considerable development as the old DZire got a 1.2-Litre petrol engine.
  • The new engine produces 90ps@6,000rpm and 113Nm@4,400rpm of power and torque respectively. The power figures are considerably higher than the old engine (83ps@6,000).
  • The new BS6 engine comes with Suzuki’s standard start-stop function increasing the milage of the vehicle.
  • Though the car only has one engine option, there are two transmission options. The car comes either with a 5-speed manual transmission or you may also opt for 5-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).
The All-new Dzire

Talking about the exterior, there were a few changes:

  • The new Maruti Suzuki DZire gets an all-new grille which is now big and covers most of the front fascia of the car.
  • The bumper also gets a bit more sporty and edgy design to extend the appeal of the all-new Dzire.
  • On the feature front, the car gets safer than before. It gets Hill Hold Control and Electronic Stability Control. Though both of them are only available in automatic trims.

The Dzire has been one of the best selling models of the company, it was even able to defeat its own sibling, the 15 years champion in sales, Maruti Suzuki Alto back in 2019 to become the best selling car of India.