Originally scheduled to be launched in the 2017-18 fiscal year but according to the report,  the new car could see the  light of the day during the 2016-17 period.

This move by Maruti is also being considered by experts as a measure to compensate for the fleeting sales of its Swift hatchback, which have been hampered by the introduction of company’s premium hatchback, Baleno.

The third generation of Swift hatchback will be hitting the Indian streets in 2016 and India’s largest automaker does not want to delay the introduction of the car’s sedan version.

Talking about the next-generation Dzire, it is around 50-80kgs lighter than the current model (a new version of which was introduced earlier this year). In consideration to Swift’s subpar performance in Global NCAP crash tests and the followed ban in Assam, the automaker will also concentrate on the safety features of the upcoming sedan. Both Dzire and Swift hatchback will find their foundations in Baleno’s ‘new generation platform,’ adds the report.

The engine line-up could also thus come from the Baleno, which includes a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. While the petrol engine is tuned to develop 84.1PS and 115Nm of torque, the diesel mill churns out 75PS and 190Nm of torque.