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The new Maruti Dzire has topped the sales chart in the month of February 2018. The compact sedan beat the entry-level hatchback Alto, to gain the No. 1 rankings in sales for three consecutive months.
The third-generation Dzire was launched in 2017. This new-gen Dzire registered a 26 percent sales increase in February 2018 selling 20,941 units, compared to 16,613 units sold in the same month last year.
The Alto, which has been a best-selling car for a long time, registered just a one percent increase selling 19,760 units. The hatchback Swift, on which the Dzire is based on, registered sales of 17,291 units. Even with a growth of 40 percent over the previous year, the Swift hatchback only managed to secure the third spot in the sales chart.
The third-generation of the Dzire has a competitive starting price of Rs. 5.5 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). Yet, receiving a wide range of improvements and upgrades over the previous generation.
The Dzire uses the same engine as its previous generation. A 1.2-litre K-series petrol engine producing 89bhp with 114Nm of torque and a 1.3-litre turbocharged diesel engine which churns out 74bhp and 190 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, with a 5-speed Automatic also available.
The new Dzire is based on the HEARTECT platform, which it shares with the Baleno and the Swift. This platform reduces the weight of the car, making the Dzire more agile, while also improving its fuel efficiency.
The Dzire gets twin-airbags and ABS as standard on all variants. The interiors of the new-gen feel more upmarket and luxurious as compared to the previous version.
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The new-generation Dzire has a more upmarket design language. Unlike previous generations, it's built as a sedan rather than a hatchback with a boot attached. All these upgrades and improvement are definitely showing results.