Maruti Dzire CNG Bookings Open Unofficially, Launch Soon
- CNG powertrain likely to be restricted with sedan’s mid-spec VXi and second-to-top ZXi trims.
- Power figures are likely to be decreased.
- Expect a price jump of around Rs 90,000 over petrol counterparts.
Amidst the prospect of a rise in petrol prices once again, select Maruti Suzuki Arena dealerships across the nation have begun accepting unofficial bookings for the Dzire CNG. It is expected to be launched in the coming days and is likely to be restricted in the mid-spec VXi and second-to-top ZXi variants of the sub-4m sedan.
Powering the Maruti Dzire CNG will be the same 1.2-liter Dualjet petrol engine as the ongoing model. However, the power figures will go down when running on CNG. For reference, this power mill makes out 90PS/113Nm in petrol mode. A 5-speed manual transmission will be standard across the lineup, while the 5-speed AMT unit will continue to be optional with select petrol-only variants.
In terms of design and features, the Maruti Dzire CNG will remain identical to their petrol counterparts. That said, the top-spec ZXI variant of the Dzire CNG is likely to come loaded with halogen headlamps, alloy wheels, a 7-inch Smartplay Studio touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Suzuki Connect tech, steering mounted controls, idle engine start/stop function, auto AC, rear AC vents, power-adjustable & foldable ORVMs, keyless entry with push-button start-stop, cruise control, dual front airbags, brake assist, ABS with EBD, ISOFix anchors, and reverse parking sensors.
Expect the environment-friendly Dzire to command a premium of around Rs 90,000 over their respective petrol-only variants, which are priced at Rs 7.19 lakh (VXI) and Rs 7.89 lakh (ZXI) (ex-showroom Delhi). Once launched, it will go up against the Hyundai Aura CNG and the recently launched Tata Tigor CNG. Soon Honda will also foray into the CNG segment with Amaze.