After the runaway success of Celerio AMT and the new Alto K10 AMT, Maruti is now reportedly gearing up to launch AMT-powered version of its Wagon R in the country.
A recent report of Autocar India claims that the premium model of its popular hatchback Wagon R Stingray is getting ready for a make-over with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) gearbox. If this rings true, Wagon R Stingray will become the third model from Maruti's stable to get AMT.
Powered by 1.0L K-Series petrol engine, which churns out a power of 68PS and 90Nm torque, the existing version of Wagon R Stingray comes with five-speed manual transmission. In the AMT avatar of the model, the transmission will be handled by Magneti Marelli five-speed transmission.
Maruti is likely to launch the new AMT model next year and going by the report, the car will be priced slightly higher than its existing version. Like Celerio and Alto K10 AMT, the upcoming Wagon R Stingray will also be getting AMT box from Magneti Marelli and now the question is if Maruti will be able to meet the increasing demand with the new AMT models. Apparently Maruti is in talks with the company to increase the supply of the AMT box from 3,500 units to 5,000 units a month in order to avoid the long waiting period.
Maruti's recently-launched Alto K10 AMT commands a waiting period of up to two months in India and the company's first AMT model Celerio had a waiting period even up to eight months when it was launched. Launched on 3 November, the Alto K10 facelift is powered by the 1.0-litre three-cylinder K-Series engine, which is tuned to churn out 1.0-litre three-cylinder K-series engine.