Hyundai Aura was launched last month at a starting price of Rs 5.80 lakh (ex-showroom), which puts it in crosshairs with the likes of Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze
It is being reported that the Maruti Dzire is about to receive its mid-cycle makeover. It’s important to note here that the Swift-based compact sedan has been the best-selling model in its segment and even among the highest-selling cars in the country. However, it looks like the influx of fresher competition in the form of the Grand i10 Nios-based Hyundai Aura has pushed Maruti Suzuki to quicken the development of the updated Dzire.
Maruti Dzire was launched in 2017 and was available in both petrol and diesel engine variants until recently.
From the looks of it, the 2020 Maruti Dzire facelift will feature a handful of minor cosmetic changes, with the most significant update being the introduction of an all-new bumper for the front fascia. Other than this, the third generation of the highly popular sedan will likely receive a new set of alloy wheels, minor tweaks for the rear combination lamps, updated upholstery and new feature or two.
Mechanically, the 2020 Maruti Dzire facelift will remain completely unchanged. It is worth noting here that with the discontinuation of the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre D13A diesel engine, the Dzire is now on sale only with a 1.2-litre K12B petrol motor that outputs a maximum power of 82 bhp and a peak torque of 113 Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT.
The 2020 Maruti Dzire facelift will retain the same powertrain but our guess is that the company would introduce a CNG variant to attract prospective buyers looking for ultra-low running costs. However, currently, there’s no official word on the same. On the other hand, the Hyundai Aura has been available in diesel as well as CNG variants. The Maruti Dzire-rivalling model is available with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.2-litre diesel engine variants. Both the motors are BSVI-compliant and come with 5-speed manual and AMT transmission choices.
The compact sedan is also available with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.Finally, the Hyundai Aura is even available in a bi-fuel variant that offers a 1.2-litre Kappa engine that can run on both petrol and CNG. However, it produces a slightly lower maximum power and torque when run on the greener fuel. Also, it’s available only with a 5-speed manual transmission. Even the Dzire is available with a CNG kit in its taxi-only 'Tour S' guise. However, Maruti Suzuki could launch a CNG variant for private car buyers with the introduction of the upcoming facelift.