Photographs of what appears to be a dealership demo car of the Maruti Dzire AMT has surfaced online, strongly indicating that launch is not far away. These spyshots add gravity to the previous reports of more automated models from Maruti.
The Maruti Celerio, India’s first passenger car with AMT, clearly demonstrated that Indians are open to embrace clutchless driving provided the cost structure is attractive. However, it took some time for Maruti to plug the demand supply gap.
Now that Maruti’s AMT supplier Magneti Marelli inaugurated its manufacturing plant in Manesar, the automaker can afford to introduce the pocket friendly clutchless driving technology in more models.
The Dzire AGS (Auto Gear Shift) is likely to share its AMT components with the Celerio while retaining the manual variant’s gear ratios. Expect the new variant to be priced at a premium around INR 60,000-70,000.
We expect Maruti to offer AMT with the diesel engine to counteract the Zest AMT. The Dzire’s DDiS 190 1.30-litre diesel engine puts out 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque. Petrol engine of choice is a 1.2-litre K-Series engine which is capable of 84.3 PS and 115 Nm of torque.
With the introduction of Maruti Dzire AMT variant, the compact sedan’s already brisk sales performance is expected to receive a boost.