Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker, is reportedly planning to expand its Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) line-up in India by extending the technology to company's other popular models like Swift.
A report of Indian Autos Blog claims that after the launch of WagonR AMT in India, Maruti is gearing up for the launch of the AMT avatars of its Swift models by the end of this financial year. Maruti currently has three AMT offerings in the country including the new WagonR AMT.
Debuted with the Celerio, the AMT, which is also known as Auto Gear Shift (AGS), is equipped with an Intelligent Shift Control Actuator that automatically performs clutch and shift operations. Although it is not clear which of the Swift models -- Swift hatchback and Swift Dzire sedan -- will get AMT variants, previous spy shots have shown the Dzire models on test with AMT box.
The carparrazis had earlier revealed that the spotted test mule was a top-of-the-line diesel (ZDi) model that comes equipped with features like ABS and airbags. Under the hood, Dzire AMT is likely to get the same tried-and-tested 1,248cc DDiS diesel engine, which generates 75ps of power @4,000rpm and 190Nm @2,000rpm peak torque.
While the style and design of Swift Dzire AMT will remain just the same as the current model except for the minor tweaks, the car should cost Rs 35,000- Rs 40,000 more than the standard variant in the Indian market.
Maruti launched its new WagonR AMT along with Stingray AMT in India on 7 November with a price tag of Rs 4.76 lakh and Rs 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), respectively.
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