The Indian auto industry’s leading car maker, Maruti Suzuki is going to expand its automatic transmission offering by making that technology available in the Swift hatchback. A report from Financial Express explained that the successfully running Swift will need the new transmission option fitted to it in order to captivate more customers.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift is the benchmark product of the compact hatchback segment which is set to get a new generation upgrade likely be next year. The Swift played an instrumental role in the humongous sales figures achieved by the Indo-Japanese marque. Through its life-cycle, it has come across several updates since debuted in the market in 2005.
In 2007, Maruti Suzuki introduced a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine sourced from Fiat and to comply with the BSIV emission regulations, the 1.3-litre petrol motor was replaced with a smaller 1.2 K Series engine by the end of the decade. Perhaps, the most substantial of them was the second-generation model revealed in 2011 with cosmetic upgrades and freshly designed interiors.
Maruti Suzuki can be credited for being the first car maker to introduce affordable AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) technology in the country. The brand’s AGS (Auto Gear Shift) mechanism has gradually been fed into its model range. With the huge fame for the AGS-equipped Celerio, Maruti Suzuki employed the clutch-less technology on the Alto K10, WagonR and then the Swift Dzire sub-4m sedan at the start of 2016.
Having recorded 82 percent growth in AMT sales in the FY2015-16 by selling 54,700 units, the company is readying to implement the automatic tech sourced from Magneti Marelli on the Swift according to Financial Express’ report. The AMT-paired Swift has been scheduled to go on sale in the months following the launch of Swift special edition that could be slated to arrive at the end of May or the beginning of June.
The Swift currently gets powered from the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel motors. While the petrol engine producing 83 bhp and 115 Nm will remain operational with a five-speed transmission, the 1.3-litre DDiS turbocharged diesel motor will more likely come with the option of the five-speed AGS as the range-topping ZDI trim. The engine will continue to develop 74 bhp and 190 Nm of peak torque with possible fuel efficiency of over 26 kmpl. The Vitara Brezza AMT could be launched during the upcoming festival season said the report.