The Dzire was launched in 2008 and was based on the first generation Swift hatchback. In order to provide a sedan-like vehicle in a smaller size, it was introduced as a subcompact sedan for the Indian market. Later, it was changed into a sub-4-meter sedan to qualify for the tax savings provided to vehicles under 4 meters in length in India. The Swift Dzire debuted with a 1.3 L gasoline engine and a 1.3 L diesel engine from Fiat. A 1.2 L K-series engine was installed by Maruti in place of the gasoline engine in 2010 due to the BS IV pollution standards.
The second-generation Swift hatchback served as the foundation for the Swift Dzire.
Its length was decreased below four meters in order to qualify for the tax incentive provided to vehicles shorter than four meters, making this modification a particularly significant one. A 1.3 L DDiS turbo-diesel engine and a 1.2 L K-series petrol engine were introduced. The only model level with a four-speed automatic transmission option was the VXi.
The most fuel-efficient diesel car in India according to 2015 ratings is the Swift Dzire. In January 2016, Maruti Suzuki introduced the DZire ZDi with Automatic Gear Shift (AGS). The 1.3 L DDiS turbodiesel engine is combined with a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT). In India, the Dzire Tour S, the second-generation Dzire, is still accessible to fleet operators.