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Suzuki Swift Dzire

The Suzuki Swift Dzire subcompact sedan was originally intended for the Indian domestic market where sedans are seen as having a more premium body style over hatchbacks. Affordability is also an important factor, and cars under 4m in length fit within a lower tax bracket. The result is a new breed of sedans with stubby, half-length trunks.

In recent years, more carmakers have been coming out with their own sub-4m sedan. These include the Honda Brio Amaze, which is also sold here, and a bunch of other models currently not offered here, like the Hyundai Xcent (i10 sedan), the Tata Zest sedan and the all-new Ford Figo sedan. With the growing number of sub-4m sedan competitors, Maruti-Suzuki has to make sure that potential customers don't overlook its own Dzire.

Enter the face-lifted Dzire. Outside, you'll be greeted by the same basic familiar shape, but upon closer inspection, you'll notice a fresher, slightly more upmarket look. Its larger new grille is dominated by a single huge chrome bar with a more prominent Suzuki 'S' badge; this is flanked by revised headlamps that now feature black surrounds. Its front fascia has also been re-contoured with a new lower grille and chrome trim for the fog light housings.

At the back, changes are much subtler: a slightly reshaped, more three-dimensional chrome bar above the license plate, and a more curved rear bumper. The higher-trim models also get more stylish motion alloy wheels and power-folding side mirrors.

Style-wise, little has changed inside except for some trim-dependent upgrades like faux-wood trim, chrome inside door handles, chrome vent louvers, engine start/stop button, audio with Bluetooth, and a rear accessory power outlet. Expect standard features to vary between markets.

Under the hood are carryover engines, but Maruti-Suzuki engineers have given them some significant updates. The 1.2-liter K12 gasoline engine was given a higher compression ratio and a smaller combustion chamber to improve its fuel efficiency. The Dzire's D13A diesel engine (currently not offered here) gets an advanced thermal management system, a modified fuel injection system, and low friction oil to help it warm up faster and lessen its frictional losses.

Suzuki Philippines will most likely continue to offer gasoline-engine models here to keep prices competitive. Do you think the refreshed Dzire has what it takes to face newer competition like the Brio Amaze?

Suzuki Swift Dzire

Andrew Guerrero
Andrew has a passion for cars, both old and new. He prefers a good ol' manual transmission and feels sad when a new car model isn't released with one.
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