2021 Suzuki Dzire debuts with subtle design tweaks, same 1.2L engine

Updated Feb 04, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The subcompact sedan introduces minor yet noteworthy tweaks.

Subcompact sedans combine practicality and agility in a space-efficient package. As the segment continues to be a contested one among car brands, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) hopes to use every advantage it can muster with an upgraded version of the Dzire subcompact for 2021.

2021 Suzuki Dzire PH debut

The upgraded Dzire looks a little more dynamic than the outgoing model

The changes are subtle yet noteworthy, enabling Suzuki to position the Dzire as the more mature alternative to the Swift hatchback which it shares its platform with. For starters, the fascia receives a makeover, with the grille now extending farther down the front bumper in a single-frame design, giving the nose a more flat profile.

Two thick slats on the grille replace the previous version’s four narrow ones. Even the fog lamp housings have been reworked with thicker chrome trim. The power-adjustable side mirrors now have an auto-fold feature as well for the midrange GL and range-topping GL+ variants.

2021 Suzuki Dzire

The revised fascia is just the beginning

Inside, the Suzuki Dzire retains the cabin of the outgoing model, offering amenities such as rear aircon vent and multiple storage spaces to complement its 378-liter trunk. The changes are mostly concentrated on the instrument panel, with a new multi-color information display.

The fuel and engine temperature indicators are now analog meters, integrated within the speedometer and tachometer dials.

Under the hood, the 2021 Dzire retains its 1.2L gasoline power plant that delivers 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque, mated to either a 5-speed manual or an Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission.

The Dzire’s standard safety equipment is now complemented by Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Hill Hold Control, and reverse parking sensors. All these are housed within Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Energy (TECT platform).

2021 Suzuki Dzire poster

The new features will help the upgraded Dzire stand out in its segment

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“We in Suzuki Philippines are happy to announce that the New Dzire offers our latest innovative technology and design that offers an authentic sedan experience,“ said SPH Vice President and General Manager for Automobile Keiichi Suzuki, expressing his gratitude for the market’s continued support.

Prices for the 2021 Dzire range from Php 549,000 for the GA manual, Php 648,000 for the GL manual, and Php 708,000 for the GL+ automatic.

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Suzuki Dzire

Another eye-catching, subcompact sedan worthy to be in your garage or driven on the road is the Suzuki Dzire, formerly known as the Suzuki Swift Dzire. Aside from its good looks and innovative features, it's surprisingly affordable. This subcompact automobile offers spacious cargo and cabin space making it a good passenger car for groups and families. The present model sheds the vibe of a typical hatchback, but essential features can still be enjoyed.

From ₱549,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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