Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG Launched At INR 8.14 Lakh
Maruti Suzuki has introduced the Dzire CNG, with prices starting at Rs 8.14 lakh for the VXi variant and rising to Rs 8.82 lakh for the ZXi variant (ex-showroom, India). The Dzire CNG is now available to private customers for the first time; previously, it was only available to fleet operators in the previous-generation Tour S guise. This brings Maruti’s total number of CNG vehicles to nine.
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG will also be available through Maruti’s subscription programme, with monthly fees beginning at Rs 16,999. (this includes vehicle registration, maintenance, insurance and roadside assistance).
The Dzire CNG is powered by the same 1.2-litre K12M DualJet engine found in the petrol Dzire. In CNG spec, however, this engine now produces 77hp and 98.5Nm of peak torque. This is 13hp and 14.5Nm less than the Dzire petrol’s 90hp and 113Nm. The Dzire CNG is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
While this 1.2-litre K12M engine is also available on the new Baleno, Wagon R, and Swift, it is being offered with CNG for the first time on the Dzire. With the Dzire CNG, Maruti claims a class-leading fuel efficiency figure of 31.12 km/kg.
The Dzire CNG, on the other hand, receives no cosmetic changes and retains the same equipment list as the petrol equivalent variants. The Dzire CNG, on the other hand, gets dual interconnected ECUs, retuned suspension, and an improved injection system for a better air-fuel mixture in the engine. New stainless-steel pipes and joints to prevent leakage in the CNG structure, as well as safety switches to turn off the engine while refuelling, have also been added to improve safety.
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG comes in six different colours: white, silver, grey, blue, brown, and red.
Although Maruti Suzuki is the largest seller of CNG vehicles in India, the Dzire’s competitors – the Tata Tigor and the Hyundai Aura – have already been available with CNG powertrains. Despite the fact that Maruti was late to the party, the Dzire has class-leading power and fuel efficiency figures.
The 77hp Dzire CNG outperforms the 73hp Tigor CNG and the 69hp Aura CNG. The Dzire’s claimed fuel efficiency of 31.12 km/kg is higher than the Aura’s claimed 28.4 km/kg and the Tigor’s claimed 26.49 km/kg.
However, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG is also the most expensive in this class, with the Aura CNG priced at Rs 7.74 lakh and the Tigor CNG priced between Rs 7.69 lakh and Rs 8.29 lakh, both ex-showroom.
With the Dzire getting CNG, the Swift is almost certain to follow suit. The Dzire petrol was the first to receive the 1.2-litre K12M engine, followed by the Swift, and a similar approach is expected this time around.
Apart from the Swift, the Vitara Brezza is the only other Arena model that is only available in petrol form. Maruti had previously stated that CNG would be available on all Arena models, and the Vitara Brezza will also have the option of CNG with its upcoming next-generation SUV. In fact, CNG may be making its way into some Nexa vehicles, including the Baleno and Ciaz.