For close to a decade now, Maruti Suzuki has been selling a sub-four-metre sedan version of the Swift in India, badged as the Swift Dzire. The latest iteration of the popular four-door has been revealed to the media there last week, and it drops the Swift moniker – it’s now simply called the Maruti Suzuki Dzire.

Despite this, the resemblance with the B-segment hatch is still clear to see – the front end gets the same headlights (projectors with LED daytime running lights here) and a similar six-point front grille, albeit with a lot more chrome here. The bumper also features a tusk-like design similar to recent Volvos.

The Swift’s black A-pillars have been ditched for the first time on the Dzire, giving the car a more cohesive appearance that’s better suited to the truncated rear end. Speaking of which, the tail gets a simple design with triangular tail lights (with what appear to be LEDs) joined by a chrome bar.

Inside, it’s pretty much identical to its five-door cousin, with the exception of the trapezoidal centre air vents (replacing the Swift’s round units), wood trim on the dashboard and steering wheel, and a lighter beige colour scheme more in tune with buyers’ tastes in India.

Kit on this range-topping ZDi+ includes keyless entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control and rear air vents. Safety-wise, all models get dual airbags and ABS for the first time, and the Dzire is claimed to comply with pedestrian, front and side impact safety regulations.

Based on the same Heartect architecture as the Swift, the Dzire is lighter and more rigid than before. In terms of dimensions, the new car has a longer wheelbase, and it is also 20 mm wider and 40 mm lower, contributing to a less contrived look; the boot has also been made larger.

Despite being built on a new platform, the new Dzire carries over the same engine options as before – a 84 PS/115 Nm 1.2 litre VVT petrol four-cylinder and a 75 PS/190 Nm 1.2 litre DDiS turbodiesel. Both powertrains are mated to a choice of either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automated manual.

Built at Maruti Suzuki’s plant in Manesar, the new Dzire is set to be launched on May 16, with deliveries kicking off on the same day. Prices have yet to have been released, but expect an increase of between 60,000 and 70,000 rupees (RM4,000 to RM4,800) over the outgoing model.

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