It may well be your he­art’s D­zi­re . . .

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad - ANICA KRÜGER

Su­zu­ki Au­to re­cent­ly in­tro­du­ced the com­ple­te­ly new D­zi­re as a stand-al­o­ne brand. The in­te­ri­or spa­ce and dri­ving dy­n­a­mi­cs ha­ve been im­pro­ved and the de­sig­ners ha­ve cre­a­ted a sty­le u­ni­que to the D­zi­re to fo­cus on its tar­get mar­ket.

Su­zu­ki Au­to re­cent­ly in­tro­du­ced a com­ple­te­ly new Su­zu­ki D­zi­re as a stand-al­o­ne brand with new sty­ling and a new plat­form. The D­zi­re was o­ri­gi­nal­ly de­ve­lo­ped al­ongs­i­de the Su­zu­ki S­wift to of­fer a mo­re fa­mi­ly-o­rien­ta­ted se­dan bo­dy shape choi­ce rat­her than the ha­t­chback.

Su­zu­ki has in the past been prompt to in­tro­du­ce fe­a­tu­res de­si­red by cu­s­to­mers - such as ABS bra­kes - and this is furt­her p­roof of the com­pa­ny’s a­wa­re­ness of mar­ket de­mands.

For the new Su­zu­ki D­zi­re, the in­te­ri­or spa­ce and dri­ving dy­n­a­mi­cs ha­ve been im­pro­ved and the de­sig­ners ha­ve cre­a­ted a sty­le u­ni­que to the D­zi­re to fo­cus on its tar­get mar­ket as a se­dan.

Se­ver­al ex­te­ri­or de­sign fe­a­tu­res ma­ke the new Su­zu­ki D­zi­re stand out.

From the front, the mo­del has a smooth po­ly­go­nal gril­le, lar­ge he­ad­lamps, and chro­me de­tail on the gril­le and be­low the in­te­gra­ted fog lamp a­rea.

The D­zi­re al­so fe­a­tu­res a spe­ci­al bon­net de­sign, shar­ply ra­ked A-pil­lars and a smooth shoul­der li­ne that flows straig­ht back from the midd­le of the front doors to the re­ar LED com­bi­na­ti­on tail lig­hts.

This de­sign me­ans the car is a­e­ro­dy­n­a­mi­cal­ly op­ti­mi­sed for an 18% im­pro­vement in drag coef­fi­cient o­ver its pre­de­ces­sor, w­hi­le the li­ne al­so gi­ves it a taut, slim look.

The re­ducti­on in drag furt­her lo­wers ca­bin noi­se at high speeds and im­pro­ves fu­el con­sump­ti­on. W­hen dri­ving it at the launch in K­waZu­lu-Na­tal, the qui­et d­ri­ve was very no­ti­ce­a­ble in the ca­bin on all ro­ad sur­fa­ces. W­hi­le the ha­t­chback S­wift was mo­re pro­mi­nent in the li­me­lig­ht, the se­dan-shaped D­zi­re was ad­mi­red, ha­ving its own i­den­ti­ty and of­fe­ring the se­cu­ri­ty of a sur­pri­singly roomy boot.

The D­zi­re looks li­ke a nip­py car for the ci­ty, but it is al­so very com­for­ta­ble with am­ple leg, he­ad and shoul­der spa­ce.

In front of the dri­ver t­he­re is a new in­stru­ment clus­ter, with cle­ar in­stru­men­ta­ti­on and a mul­tiin­for­ma­ti­on dis­play. The GL-spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on le­vel has an ad­ded ta­cho­me­ter, ad­di­ti­o­nal sil­ver accents and whi­te il­lu­mi­na­ti­on.

All D­zi­re mo­dels ha­ve air con­di­ti­o­ning, front and re­ar e­lec­tric win­dows, ai­r­bags, a til­tad­jus­ta­ble s­teer­ing co­lumn, a se­cu­ri­ty a­larm and im­mo­bi­li­ser and I­so­fix an­chor points for re­ar- fit­ted child se­ats.

The GL-spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on le­vel adds re­ar air vents and an ad­di­ti­o­nal 12V soc­ket, a Su­zu­ki au­dio sy­stem with Blu­e­tooth and USB con­necti­vi­ty, front fog lamps, co­lour-co­ded, e­lec­tri­cal­ly ad­jus­ta­ble si­de mir­rors and s­teer­ing-moun­ted au­dio con­trols.

In the D­zi­re, the spa­ce be­t­ween the front and re­ar se­ats is 55mm mo­re, re­ar pas­sen­gers ha­ve 15mm of in­cre­a­sed shoul­der width and front pas­sen­gers ha­ve 10mm mo­re shoul­der width.

It has the sa­me choi­ce of dri­vet­rains as the S­wift, a 1,2-lit­re en­gi­ne and a fi­ve speed ma­nu­al ge­ar­box or au­to­ma­ted ma­nu­al ge­ar­box.

My re­com­men­da­ti­on is to put it on the shop­ping list if you’re in the mar­ket for a new car at re­a­so­na­ble pri­ce wit­hout sa­cri­fi­cing com­fort and with mo­re than the ba­sic fe­a­tu­res. Su­zu­ki has been ma­king wa­ves as a com­pa­ny, win­ning se­ver­al con­su­mer a­wards and al­so being lau­ded as “the brand to wa­tch”.

PRICING

D­zi­re 1,2 GA Ma­nu­al - R161 900; D­zi­re 1,2 GL Ma­nu­al - R177 900 and D­zi­re 1,2 GL AMT - R191 900. All mo­dels are sold with Su­zu­ki’s me­cha­ni­cal war­ran­ty and ser­vi­ce plan.

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