Suzuki has always been a continuous innovator and trend-setter in the Philippines motorcycle and compact vehicle industry. It has provided this country with value packed motorcycles and compact cars of highest quality, affordability and safety. Now the automaker has come up with its new sedan- Swift Dzire which is based on the design of its predecessor Swift which is a hatchback. With an added trunk at the back which is not-so-long, unlike the the other sedans, it looks more of a kind of subcompact sedan.
Engine, mileage and variants
Swift Dzire is fitted with a 1.2 litre engine with a displacement capacity of 1197 cc. It has 4 cylinders and 16 valves based on the DOHC valve configuration, multi point fuel injection and variable valve timing (VVT). This engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 87 hp at 6200 rpm which results in a hammering maximum torque of 114 Nm at 4000 rpm. It is also available with an option to choose from 5 speed manual transmission or 4 speed automatic transmission. It takes about 13.1 seconds to break the 100 kmph speed mark from standstill and delivers an exceptional fuel efficiency of 20.85 kmpl.
Though the new Dzire carries over its front design from the old Swift but it looks way better and more elegant than the predecessor ever did. The front grille has the Suzuki's very own “S” sign embossed on it and below that is the body coloured bumper and the fog lamps which gives it a very dynamic look. Also its big arced headlights complements the front profile beautifully. The manufacturer has built the vehicle with a total length of 3995 mm and a width of 1695 mm. Its total height measures 1555 mm with a wheelbase of 2430 mm. Regarding the side profile, its body coloured exterior door handles and the black A,B,C pillars gives it an aggressive stance. The wheels comes in two options of steel rims with full cap or 15 inch alloy wheels with a tire size of 185/65 R15.
The interior looks elegant and classy with its black and beige two tone colour scheme. Dzire has got a black dashboard with a black steering wheel with some metallic accents on it. The car also houses a large glove box and power socket to help you add your accessories to it and its boot space of 316 litres is large enough to hold all of your luggage. With all the functions within your reach, it is easier for you to control everything. The seats are comfortable enough to have a short nap and a decent leg space allows you to have a hassle free ride.
Safety, braking and miscellaneous
Swift Dzire is blessed with Suzuki's patented TECT design on body which ensures you safety and a tension free ride. The active safety features that help the driver to avoid accidents include high mount stop lamp and anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist and engine drag control that prevents you from skidding on slippery surface and ensures a minimum stopping distance. This car also has passive safety features which protect passengers in the event of a crash and these include dual airbags, collapsible steering column and side impact beams.
The new Dzire is a desirable car, no doubt. Its overwhelming looks and powerful performance makes it a complete package. Though the acceleration and pickup is not as good as other competitors but its other features may definitely cover it up.