No doubt the move has been prompted by the lure of availing the excise benefits available to cars under 4m in length and with powerplants under 1.2 litres for petrol and 1.4 litres for diesel ones. And also to create space in the Maruti product portfolio for the new MPV that it will be launching soon. Consequently, the biggest change is in boot space which goes from a healthy and spacious 440 litres on the old Dzire to a paltry 316 litres. I am still trying to figure out how many suitcases will fit now that they cannot be stacked standing lengthwise as it seems that atleast the 165mm of reduction in the overall length has all been at the expense of the boot.
But like the new Swift, the Dzire has a 40mm longer wheelbase, which should translate into more in-cabin space, and is 5mm wider. That apart, the Dzire is now identical to the new Swift on the inside – which means a general move to a more luxurious car. In fact, on many fronts the Dzire goes one step ahead of the new Swift. Wood-grain inserts on a two-tone dash definitely make the cabin more impressive as does the use of better materials all around, including the seat fabric. From the old Dzire, this is a quantum leap forward as the new in-dash audio system and the climate control panel both look from a car at least a segment higher. Looks on the front and side are again mostly like the new Swift. The front has some key cosmetic differences though. The Dzire sports a grille that is different from the Swift now and that means the lower air dam, bumper and the fog lamp recesses are different as well. The cut-off boot does look odd but there are angles from which the car still looks decent.