The Maruti Dzire AMT diesel variant has been quietly launched in India at INR 8.39 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The transmission which is dubbed as AGS (Auto Gear Shift) by Maruti is available only on the top-end ZDi trim.
Sourced from Magenti Marelli, the automated manual transmission has increased the price of the best selling sub-4 metre by INR 49,000. The Dzire becomes the fourth model from Maruti (and its first diesel model) to be offered with the technology.
At 26.59 kmpl, the ARAI rated fuel efficiency of the Dzire AMT is same as the manual variant. The familiar 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine (Fiat MultiJet) continues to develop 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque.
The addition of the diesel AMT variant is aimed at counteracting the steadily mounting pressure in the segment due to steady inflow of new models from rivals. The Tata Zest is the only other compact sedan to offer diesel AMT variants.
Maruti Suzuki has sold over 11.5 lakh units of the Dzire so far, making it the only sedan to cross one million sales market in India. With the introduction of the AGS variant, the company is looking at further strengthening its segment leadership.
The Maruti Dzire AMT would benefit from Magneti Marelli‘s newly inaugurated manufacturing plant at Manesar, Haryana.