Maruti Suzuki will be offering a new 1.2L K12C DualJet petrol engine in the Dzire that replaces the older K12B unit and also produces 7bhp more power. Its also more fuel efficient than the unit it replaces.
Maruti Suzuki is soon going to update the Dzire compact sedan with a mid-cycle facelift later this month. Along with this facelift, Maruti Suzuki will also be introducing a new engine on the Dzire. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire facelift will be powered by a 1.2-litre K12C DualJet petrol engine which is expected to produce around 90 bhp. That’s a 7bhp bump in power over the 83hp K12B engine that it’ll replace.
This 1.2 liter K12C DualJet engine is essentially the spiritual successor of the K12B motor that currently powers the India-spec Swift and Dzire. Maruti Suzuki debuted the 1.2L K12C engine with BS6- compliant Maruti Suzuki Baleno last year, and also powers the Toyota Glanza. The new engine is in fact said to better the existing 1.2-litre K12B engine in terms of efficiency and emissions, which means the updated Dzire is likely to be more fuel-efficient than the pre-facelift version.
The 1.2L K12C motor gets heavy updates over the existing K12B engine. Firstly, the new engine utilises two fuel injectors per cylinder instead of one. What this means is that each of the eight intake ports in the 16-valve engine gets its own injector, instead of every cylinder’s two intake ports having to share one. This results in more precise control and finer fuel atomisation. It also features an improved exhaust gas recirculation system among other feature upgrades.
The K12C DualJet engine will however not be featuring Maruti Suzuki’s SHVS Smart Hybrid tech. This has been done to keep costs on check. As for the gearbox options, it will remain unchanged. The Dzire petrol will continue to be offered with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT gearbox. In fact, the Dzire will be the first model to have the K12C engine mated with an AMT gearbox.
Apart from this engine update, the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Dzire facelift will also get an all-new grille and front bumper, as well as minor tweaks to its rear bumper and tail-light. There are even talks of the car gaining a new wheel design as well. On the inside, there isn’t going to be many changes expect for a new seat fabric design and slight tweaks to the wood finish. The Dzire facelift will also get the latest version of the SmartPlay Studio infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
With some cosmetic changes, a new engine which is more powerful and more fuel efficient, the Dzire facelift will take on the Honda Amaze, the Hyundai Aura and the Tata Tigor facelift with a fresh vigor. Stay tuned for more updates as we near the updated Dzire’s price announcement.