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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

What’s your Dzire? Suzuki Swift sedan now a stand-alone model range in SA

2018-06-07 07:48

Suzuki has introduced an all-new Dzire as a stand-alone model with new styling, a new platform and offering even "more value than before".

The Dzire was originally developed alongside the Suzuki Swift to offer a more family-orientated sedan version of the popular hatchback. It has since evolved to serve a large and distinctive market for young families and has become one of the most popular B-segment sedans in the world. 

The Suzuki Dzire is available in three model derivatives and in seven colours.

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Family-friendly cabin

As part of its new status as a separate model range in the Suzuki stable, the new Dzire has a unique dashboard design that emphasises style and usability. It is fitted with silver accents throughout the dashboard and air vents that mimic the design of the front grille.

In front of the driver there is a new instrument cluster, with clearly readable instrumentation and a multi-information display. The GL-specification level adds a tachometer, additional silver accents and premium white illumination. 

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All Dzire models are equipped with air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, airbags for the driver and front passenger, a tilt-adjustable steering column, a security alarm and immobiliser and ISOFIX anchor points for rear-fitted child seats.

The GL-specification level adds rear air vents and an additional 12V socket, a Suzuki audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front foglights, colour-coded, electrically adjustable side mirrors and steering-mounted audio controls. This specification level is also fitted with Suzuki’s high-grade upholstery with rear foldable armrest with integrated cup holders.

Space abounds

Like its sibling, the Suzuki Swift, the Dzire is built on Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform. Suzuki said: "This platform not only increases passive and dynamic safety and lowers weight, but it increases interior cabin space thanks to a longer wheelbase and wider cabin."

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In the Dzire, the increase in space is focused on the rear passengers. Suzuki has increased the space between the front and rear seats by a massive 55mm and increased shoulder width for rear passengers by 15mm. In the front, the occupants now have 10mm of additional shoulder width.

The new Dzire also offers significantly more boot space than its predecessor. The sedan has 378 litres of boot space, an  increase of 78 litres or 26% more than before.

Frugal K12M engine

The Dzire is fitted with the same K12M engine that powers the all-new Swift. In the Dzire, the 1.2 litre engine delivers 61kW/113Nm. 

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox with new convergent shifting system for smoother, more secure shifts or the automated manual gearbox (AMT). 

The AMT gearbox uses an automatically actuating clutch and is fitted with a ‘creep’ function to improve low speed comfort, like in slow moving traffic or when parking.

The Dzire, thanks to the new HEARTECT platform, weighs a massive 75kg less than its predecessor at 890 kg. The lower weight benefits overall fuel consumption, which has been tested at 4.9 litres/100km for both the manual and automated manual models in a combined driving cycle.

Prices

Suzuki Dzire 1.2 GA Manual
Suzuki Dzire 1.2 GL Manual
Suzuki Dzire 1.2 GL AMT

All models are sold with Suzuki’s acclaimed 5-year or 200 000 km mechanical warranty and a 2-year or 30 000 km service plan.


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