Putting all the speculations to rest, Maruti Suzuki has launched the CNG variants of the Dzire compact sedan. The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG is different from the fleet-oriented Tour S and is open for sale to private buyers with no speed regulators. The new Dzire CNG has been launched in two mid-spec variants, with the prices starting at Rs 8.14 lakh.
Variants and Pricing
While the petrol-powered Dzire is available in four variants – LXI, VXI, ZXI and ZXI+, the new Dzire CNG will be available only in two mid-spec variants – VXI and ZXI. While the VXI variant of the Dzire CNG is priced at Rs 8.14 lakh, the ZXI variant will set you back by Rs 8.82 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, India). These prices make the CNG-powered variants around Rs 95,000 pricier than their respective petrol-powered counterparts with manual transmission.
In addition to the conventional mode of purchasing, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG is also available through Maruti Suzuki’s subscription scheme. Priced at Rs 16,999 for a month, this subscription includes registration charges, insurance, regular maintenance and roadside assistance.
Design and Features
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG retains the features of VXI and ZXI trims of the petrol-powered Dzire. Compared to the petrol version of the Dzire, the Dzire CNG only gets an S-CNG badge on the boot lid. In terms of features, while the VXI variant gets wheel caps, electrically adjustable rearview mirrors, 2-DIN audio system with four speakers, manual AC, rear AC vents and driver-seat height adjustment lever, the ZXI variant feels superior with more features like fog lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, two tweeters, electrically foldable rearview mirrors, automatic climate control, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto and push-start stop button.
Engine and Transmission
The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG retains the equipment list of the VXI and ZXI variants of the regular Dzire for their respective equivalent variants. While there are no visual changes in and out, the new Dzire CNG gets a factory-fitted CNG kit paired to the 1.2-litre four-cylinder K12N Dualjet petrol engine. The addition of the CNG kit has reduced the maximum power and torque outputs, as for the Dzire CNG, Maruti Suzuki is claiming 77 PS of power and 98.5 Nm of torque, compared to 90 PS of power and 113 Nm of torque in the regular Dzire.
Available with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG claims a maximum fuel efficiency of 31.12 km/kg. To accommodate the CNG kit, Maruti Suzuki has made some mechanical alterations in the Dzire, such as retuning for the suspension, enhanced injection system and dual interdependent ECUs. In addition, to prevent the leakage of CNG, new stainless steel pipes have been used.
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG is the third sedan in the country to offer a factory-fitted CNG kit after Hyundai Aura and Tata Tigor. With the inclusion of Dzire CNG, Maruti Suzuki has got the longest CNG-powered lineup in India, which consists of models like Alto, S-Presso, WagonR, Celerio, Eeco and Ertiga.