Maruti Suzuki has cut the length of the new DZire and also introduced new features in it like the new Swift. To differentiate it form the Swift, it has black and beige interiors instead of the black that come with the hatchback. The Swift Dzire is the sedan to buy, if you want it just for the heck of a three-box, else the Swift does the job.
Just like the new Swift, the interiors of the new DZire have also been redone. The DZire’s interiors are based on that of the new Swift. Swift gets all black interiors, while the DZire has black and beige colour combination. The plastic quality of the materials doesn’t just look good, but it also feels good. It has a lot more features than the previous generation Swift DZire, and it looks more premium also.
The space in both the rows is decent and the knee room even in the second row is good, which was a problem in the outgoing version. Though to our dismay, the boot of the Swift DZire is small for a sedan. The cut length of the DZire doesn’t have a large boot.
LXI/LDI:Talking about the LXI/LDI, Maruti Suzuki hasn’t scaled down the base versionas it has loaded the new Swift DZire LXI with body color bumpers and tubeless tyres. Other exterior features are 2 intermittent wipers in front, steel wheels with centre cap, remote fuel lid and back-door opener.
VXI/VDI/VXI automatic:Unlike the LXI/LDI model, VXI/VDI has body color door handles in addition to body color bumpers, electrically powered ORVMs with turn indicators, front and rear fog lamps for enhanced visibility during unfavorable weather conditions, black out film on A and B pillars and 165/80 R14 steel wheel cap. The instrument cluster includes tachometer along with standard equipments like seat belt, key-off, and door close and light-off reminder for driver, low fuel warning, multi information display etc.
ZXI/ZDI:ZXI/ZDI is loaded with comfort factors like power and tilt steering, power windows with auto down function on driver side window, driver seat adjuster, automatic climate control, lane change indicator, high-end stereo with radio and CD Player, intelligent speed based auto volume, Aux-in and USB socket, 2 front and 2 rear speakers, 2 integrated front tweeters, steering wheel mounted audio controls with illumination. Not the luxury, but practical options are available in the model like accessory socket, retractable cup holder for passengers and in centre console, rear seat back folding centre locking, keyless entry, front seat back pocket and remote fuel lid opener.
Tata Motors has upgraded the Indigo eCS and now it isn’t just spacious but even the quality of materials used on the inside has been improved too.
The Indigo eCS was always a spacious sedan and Tata has added more frills to this hatchback in the last one decade. The Indigo eCS now gets Bluetooth connectivity, better quality plastics and better fit and finish. The insulation of the cabin has been improved too. It is the ergonomics that are a weird for certain parameters like the location of power windows and no adjustment for steering wheel. There are hardly any cupholders too. The old-design of the Indigo eCS is relevant in its styling and it shows clearly.
The Indigo eCS retains the same spacious interiors as before. The front row or the rear, both offer good amount of space. The thigh and side support offered by the seats aren’t that amazing. But one cannot expect much from this price tag.
LS/GLS: This is the base variant of the Indigo eCS, as it is been offered with air-conditioning, power steering, front power windows, boot lamp, bottle holder on the front door, auto driver assist, remove boot and fuel lid opener, theatre dimming light, octa instrument cluster, tachometer, four-spoke steering wheel and dual tone interiors.
LX/GLX: This variant gets power windows even at the rear and full fabric seats. This trim also gets a music system with USB and aux connection and even Bluetooth integration. This system plays music through four speakers and two tweeters. This trim also includes body coloured door handles, body coloured rub rails with chrome inserts, turn indicators on ORVM and electrically adjustable mirrors.
VX/GVX: This is the top-of-the-line variant that is available on the Indigo eCS. This trim is only available with BS4 engine option. This comes loaded with ABS, alloy wheels, leather wrapped seating wheel, rear parking sensors, glove box cooling, express down power window for the driver’s side, dual tone bumpers and even keyless entry.
The petrol and the diesel versions of the Swift DZire are both reliable and highly frugal. With highly refined mills, Maruti Suzuki has played well with its cards on the new Swift DZire. The new petrol engine now gets an addition of variable valve timing and also the DZire is the only sedan in the C segment to get an automatic transmission.
1.2-litre PetrolThe new Swift DZire’s petrol engine received the variable valve treatment. This augments performance and fuel efficiency, though on paper, power ratings for this engine are 86bhp – a mere increase by a couple of horses. Like any modern petrol, the engine is quiet and low on NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
When off the gas, the low engine whining sound— as experienced on the old 800s— is audible. Mid- range is good, but it does make you work-hard a bit to extort performance. Overtaking in city might require a downshift, despite the engine’s gradual power deliverance.
The DZire comes with a 5-speed manual and it is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission also. The gear shifts on the Swift are short and effortless. The previous-generation Swift DZire had good shifts; these are a further improvement over those.
Talking of the 4-speed automatic, the shifts are slow and there is some latency in it. But it is good enough for city driving. We wish, it had a 5-speed box atleast.
1.3-litre Diesel:Previous generation Swift DZire had earned notoriety with its diesel engine. The engine was highly refined with low NVH levels and sufficient torque. The engine however had a noticeable amount of turbo lag. The R&D team of Maruti Suzuki has rectified now this issue in the current-generation Swift and the DZire.
The low-end pull is cleaner making the engine more drivable than the outgoing version. The NVH levels and refinement is far more superior as well. Crank the engine and it springs to live without the slightest of hesitation or melodrama. Driving in bumper-to-bumper city traffic and overtaking isn’t a tough ask in the Swift DZire. The gear shifts are also positive and the engagement process is smooth.
The CR4 is definitely the pick of the lot, when we consider all the three powertrains that are offered with the Indigo eCS. The gear shifts have been a major improvement too.
1.4-litre CR4/TDI: The CR4 and the TDI both have the same engine block and both produce 68bhp of power. The TDI produces a torque of 135Nm, while the CR4 gets a boost of 5Nm. The CR4 gets an intercooler on the turbo, which means more boost pressure can be added to the turbo. This has made it a lot quicker than the TDI. The power delivery from this oil burner is fantastic, and it is no longer sluggish like the old 1.4-litre block. But one still needs to downshift to make those overtaking moves. The best bit about the transmiison is that the rubbery affect has been reduced drastically.
1.2-litre petrol: The 1.2-litre petrol engine churns out 64bhp of power and 100Nm of maximum torque. The power produced by this engine isn’t much, and there is some amount of lag from the moment you floor the accelerator and when the wheels gather the momentum. The power band is fairly limited on this mill, and this engine is good for cruising in city or even the highway. The best bit about this powertrain is the new gearshift, which is much better than before.
The ride of the Swift DZire is well composed as the rear springs are softened, as compared to the Swift hatch. The handling is decent, but the soft rear doesn’t mean a lot of fun driving can happen.
The ride on the DZire is softer at the rear when compared to the Swift. This gives it better riding characteristics than the Swift. The bumps are soaked in much better and even the ride is more plush than the Swift, atleast for the back row occupants.
The handling isn’t that bad alright. Apart from the rear being soft, there isn’t so much to worry. Minor corrections can be made through the steering that weighs well, giving an accurate feedback. The flexibility of the chassis adds to the enjoyment. Being engineered for city and highway, the steering wheel is light for easy manoeuvrability.
The Indigo eCS has good ride characteristics, while the handling is decent as well.
The Indigo/Indica platform always had a plush ride and this has even trickled down to the eCS. Due to the shorter wheelbase, the Indigo eCS has a slightly firm suspension. The suspension on this sub 4-metre sedan does a fair job of absorbing the road shocks and filtering all the shocks.
The tad-stiffed suspension of the Indigo eCS means better handling characteristics of the sedan. It doesn’t feel rolly when you push it hard, however it isn’t that fun to drive as it lacks the feedback from the steering wheel.