Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is going the Tata Motors way by launching the Swift Dzire compact sedan on 1st February, 2012. This will keep the car below 4 meters long and hence avoid some excise duty benefits which the company is looking to pass on to the customers. This new model will completely replace the old model and be the new version of MSIL’s most selling sedan in India.
Many other players in the Indian automobile sector are trying to take a similar route to ensure price cuts for the customer in this time of turmoil for the industry. Mahundra Verito CS, Tata Manza CS are some of them. The new CS from Maruti is built on the same base design as the new Swift. It will have the same wheel base, although other specifications like 3995 mm in length (less 165mm), 1695 mm in width (up 5 mm) and 1530 mm in height (up 25 mm) are different. Its weight is 1000 kg.
The new CS from Swift Dzire will be with the K 12M VVT petrol engine and the D13A DDiS diesel engine. The K12 engine gives a torque of 114 Nm and 85 hp which can drive it up to the speed limit of 145 km/hr. the rpm band that it can reach is 3000 to 6000. To give it a smoother shift, the company has included the mechanism of detent pin tech and variable valve timing. The petrol variant is also available in an automatic version which will have a four speed automatic torque unit convertor imported from Japan.
The diesel engine will be 1248cc, intertwined, turbo charged engine that will deliver a torque of 190Nm. The new car will have interiors similar to the new Swift and some extras like black dual tone and new lighter beige theme color for the cabin, wood finish inserts on the dashboard as well as door panels. Chrome inserts, silver accents and leather trim.
Maruti is currently not revealing the price but it can be speculated that it will be a tad lesser than the old Swift Dzire.