As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit the availability of public transport and pose risks to its users, those with the funds to spare have taken to acquiring their own private rides. The subcompact class, in particular, remains a popular choice among budget car buyers, who now have an updated option to consider in the form of the 2021 Suzuki Dzire, the Japanese carmaker’s entry in the segment.
The updated Dzire is available in two variants, both of which remain powered by a 1.2-liter engine good for 82hp and 113Nm of torque. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or Suzuki’s Auto Gear Shift (AGS) automated manual transmission. Check out the model line and prices below:
2021 Suzuki Dzire Price
- Suzuki Dzire GL MT – P648,000
- Suzuki Dzire GL+ AGS – P708,000
The pre-facelift Suzuki Dzire GA is still being sold as the base variant of the range, priced at P549,900.
The facelifted model for 2021 wears a new chrome grille with fewer horizontal elements than before, as well as a redesigned bumper and foglight housings. The higher GL+ variant gets new color options: Sherwood Brown Pearl, Oxford Blue Pearl Metallic, Magma Gray Metallic, and Phoenix Red Pearl. Available for the GL are Arctic White Pearl, Premium Silver, and Midnight Black Pearl.
As standard, the 2021 model is now equipped with electronic stability program (ESP) to reduce wheel slip on slippery roads and other low-traction conditions. Rear parking sensors and dual airbags are also standard across the range, with hill hold control available on the range-topper.
Another upgrade for the GL+ is the seven-inch multimedia interface, which adds GPS navigation to the infotainment system. Both variants get USB and Bluetooth connectivity, plus convenience features like auxiliary controls on the steering wheel and power-folding side mirrors.
“We are very much thankful for the great support that the market has shown to us, especially for the past year,” said Keiichi Suzuki, vice president and general manager for automobiles of Suzuki Philippines (SPH). “Despite the challenges the we are faced with, this new model serves as our light and hope as we continue to work harder and strive for greatness in the months and years to come.”
In 2020, SPH sold a total of 15,515 units, placing fifth among local automotive companies in terms of car sales with a 6.3% market share. Its best-selling model was still the Ertiga (check out our review of the GLX Black Edition here), followed by the Carry and the all-new S-Presso.