The BS6 Maruti Dzire Tour S uses an older version of the brand’s 1.2-litre NA petrol engine
Maruti Suzuki has launched the BS6 CNG variant of the Tour S (more popularly known as the Maruti Dzire Tour S or simply, Dzire Taxi) at Rs 6.37 lakh. Alongside, the company has also launched the S (O) petrol BS6 as well as the S (O) CNG BS6 variants of the Maruti Tour compact-sedan. The prices stand at Rs 5.81 lakh and Rs 6.41 lakh, respectively. The figures mentioned here are ex-showroom.
The new Maruti Tour is still based on the second-generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire compact-sedan. In fact, it still uses the old K12M 1.2-litre dual-VVT NA four-cylinder petrol engine that came in relatively older Maruti Suzuki products, but in BS6 specification. The current line of 1.2 Maruti Suzuki models uses a ‘DualJet’ Dual VVT configuration which promises substantial improvement in combustion efficiency while keeping frictional losses to the minimum.
2020 Maruti Dzire Tour BS6 Prices
Tour S CNG – ?6,36,700
Tour S (O) CNG – ?6,40,839
Tour S Petrol (O) – ?5,80,839
All prices ex-sh. Hat tip to Ujjwal Saxena / YouTube.
Being one of the most popular products preferred by cab drivers and fleet operators alike, the Maruti Suzuki has prioritised affordability, low running costs and headache-free maintenance over everything else. This is the reason why the car employs an older version of the 1.2 petrol power plant as well as a body shell that was discontinued a few years ago in the passenger segment.
It is only recently that Maruti Suzuki updated the Dzire with a new facelift for the 2020 model year. Priced at the showroom from Rs 5.89 lakh for the base petrol LXi variant to Rs 8.80 lakh for the top ZXi+ AMT, the new Maruti Dzire facelift brings some updates on the exterior aesthetics alongside a few notable improvements on the inside. The compact-sedan also boasts of cruise control and auto-folding ORVMs.
The primary highlight is the updated 1.2-litre DualJet Dual VVT four-cylinder petrol engine (which the Tour model does not have) that makes 89bhp (up from 82bhp) while peak torque remains the same at 113Nm. Fuel economy has also improved. The manual version promises 23.26km/l and the AMT returns a higher 24.12km/l. The figures have come up from 2.05km/l and 2.91km/l, respectively.
The Maruti Dzire is one of the best-selling cars in the country. It locks horns with the Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Aura. The absence of a diesel powertrain unlike before could affect its sales in the coming months. Maruti Suzuki is reportedly working on new BS6 diesel powertrains for the near future.