• Suzuki makes its popular B-segment sedan even more Dzireable
• New look with redesigned grille and spec upgrades
• Electronic stability control now standard across the range
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Suzuki SA says it has made its Swift-based budget compact sedan, the Dzire, better equipped for 2021.
Though the Dzire shares a platform and mechanical underpinnings with the Suzuki Swift the range has, since 2018, been a standalone range with two spec levels and a manual or clutchless manual transmission.
Suzuki SA has update the exterior and added specifications and safety features but without increasing the price.
”Perhaps most striking”, the automaker says, ”is the new grille and front bumper which combine the grille and flared lower air intake into one double-volume hexagon with a black registration plate mount.
BIG COLOUR CHOICE
The grille is finished in silver on the GA specification, chrome on the GL, with the latter also offering similar chromed highlights on larger foul-weather lights on a remoulded bumper. Two colours – silver metallic and red pearl – have been added to the brown metallic, peal white, blue metallic, and grey metallic choices.
The automaker adds that the new design ”emphasises the model’s unique character which retains some of the sporty appeal and driving dynamics of its mechanical brother, the Swift, but adds a more spacious interior and large boot”.
Buyers at the GL spec level will also get 15” alloy wheel rims (still wheel covers on the GA spec) as well as chromed detailing, body-coloured door releases, and mud/gravel wheel-arch flaps. New to the cabin are ”new-look” upholstery; electronic stability control is standard.
That means power operation to windows and steering, immobiliser/alarm, aircon, and remote control for central locking. The GL adds chromed detailing, front foul-weather lights, audio system with auxiliary input, USB, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rev counter.
Electronic stability control is also standard.
Crash mitigation offers two nitrogen bags, anti-lock brakes with emergency pressure assistance, side-impact protection bars in all doors, and IsoFix kiddie-seat anchors.
The Dzire is built on Suzuki’s HearTect platform which brings” industry-leading” rigidity and passive protection, and very strong steel. The construction, Suzuki says, allows less than five litres/100km fuel consumption under the right circumstances.
A four-cylinder, quad-valve, 1.2-litre, petrol engine can make 61kW at 6000rpm and 113Nm of torque at 4200rpm and send it to the road via a five-speed manual gearbox; expected in the new year is a five-speed automated manual transmission.
…AND SO TO THE PRICE
The 1.2 GL with manual transmission is available immediately at R196 900.
As before, the Dzire model range will be sold with a promotional five-year or 200 000km* comprehensive mechanical warranty and a service plan for two years or 30 000 km*.
*Whichever comes first.