The Swift Dzire may enrage the true petrolheads with its odd ball looks and wayward handling but it certainly knows how to set the sales charts on fire. Based on the old Swift platform, the Swift Dzire was the best selling sedan for months before Maruti got entangled in the labor crisis.
But the old Swift is now history and has been replaced by an even better one. So why should the Dzire carry the old platform forward?
It comes as no surprise that Maruti is busy developing a new Swift Dzire based on the Swift but with a twist.
Maruti plans to take advantage of the sub 4 meter tax breaks to make the new Dzire more price competitive. The new Swift Dzire CS could be showcased at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo and launched in Q1 2012 sporting a 1.2L K series Petrol Motor and 1.3L Multijet Diesel.
But don’t think that the 'Swift 3.99' as it is known tentatively, will have the game to itself. Two other compact sedans – Tata Manza CS and Mahindra Verito CS are also in the process of development and could see an early next year launch. Besides the Indigo CS is already present in the market.
Is this an emergence of a whole new segment and could the Swift 3.99 dominate the segment of compact sedans? What are your opinions?
With certain inputs taken from TheHinduBusinessLine.com