How much are you willing to spend on a brand new car? Php 700,000? Php 600,000? What if I told you that there is now a four-door sedan that is selling for less than Php 550,000?
Aside from the all-new Carry, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) also launched a new entry-level model of the Dzire. Retailing at a budget-friendly Php 549,000, the new Dzire 1.2 GA is Php 89,000 cheaper than the 1.2 GL, and is also priced Php 9,000 less than the manual Celerio.
Touted by the company as an affordable business and transport solution, the 1.2 GA features the same practicality and spaciousness as its GL variants, but is geared towards fleet and taxi use.
Immediately noticeable on the exterior of the GA is the lack of shiny trim pieces. Both the front grill surround, as well as the front bumper accents are painted in body color. Meanwhile, the door handles and side mirror caps are all painted black for a simpler finish. Finally, the GA only rolls on 14-inch steelies wrapped in 165/80/R14 tires.
Open the doors and you'll see that there are no power window switches on all four corners. Instead, old-school window cranks are present on the doors. Also omitted are the rear aircon vents, 12V power socket for the rear passengers, and the tachometer.
What does remain, however, are the fabric seats, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and air-conditioning. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, meanwhile, has been replaced by a 1-DIN head unit. It supports AM/FM radio, USB, as well as Aux.
Under the hood is the familiar 1.2-liter K12M four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT). It puts out 82 PS at 6000 rpm along with 113 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox is the sole transmission option for the base model GA.
Despite being an entry-level version, Suzuki still equipped the GA with some safety features like anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, childproof rear door locks, as well as an immobilizer. Sadly, it does not come with an alarm, central locking, power-adjustable side mirrors, and steering wheel controls.
The Dzire 1.2 GA is now available across all authorized Suzuki dealerships in the country and only comes in two paint finishes; Pearl Arctic White and Silky Silver Metallic.