Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire is the new entry level sedan from Indian automaker Maruti Suzuki. Launched on March 26, 2008, Maruti Swift DZire is based on the popular Suzuki Swift platform.
The Swift DZire replaces Maruti Suzuki’s popular entry level sedan, Maruti Suzuki Esteem, production of which was discontinued in late 2007. Maruti Suzuki has introduced Swift DZire only in the Indian market.
Swift DZire is a result of an indigenous project started in 2005 to design a three-box notchback version of the Swift. Some changes have been made to the car’s overall styling to seamlessly integrate the boot.
The wheelbase remains the same. The car weighs about 30–35 kg more than the Swift hatchback. Few modifications in the rear suspension have been done to cope with the additional weight of the boot and improve the ride quality for the rear passengers. Adjustments in the rear seat inclination have been made to improve the rear seat comfort and legroom.
The car is pitted against the other entry level sedans in the Indian market, such as the Mahindra Renault Logan and the Tata Indigo.
The Swift DZire has become infamous for delivery delays as the number of cars being booked is large. The price of the car and the features offered are very attractive compared to the entry-level sedan competition (in India), resulting in large number of bookings. The diesel version of the Dzire, in particular, had delivery times extending from 4 to 6 months.
Maruti DZire is available in both petrol and diesel versions. The car uses the same engines as available in the Swift.
* A four cylinder 1197cc 16V DOHC Petrol engine, rated at 85 bhp (63 kW) @6000 rpm with 113 N·m (83 ft·lbf) @ 4500rpm maximum torque. * A four cylinder 1248cc 16V DOHC Diesel engine, rated at 75 bhp (56 kW) @ 4000 rpm with 190 N·m (140 ft·lbf) @ 2000rpm maximum torque.
Maruti Swift DZire is offered in 6 variants: * The Petrol 1197 cc version is available in LXi, VXi and ZXi variants. * The Diesel 1248 cc version is available in LDi, VDi and ZDi variants.
All the models are 5 speed manual transmissions.