Convinced that Indian customers are now ready to embrace clutchless driving, Maruti Suzuki is planning to offer automatic technology in each and every segment it’s present in. Depending on the price segment, the automaker would be introducing AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) or AT variants to models that don’t have them already.
As of now, Alto K10, Celerio (both AMTs), Ritz, Swift Dzire, WagonR, Baleno and Ciaz have automatic variants. The popular Swift, Ertiga and S-Cross are the ones which are devoid of the technology. Talking to Financial Express, C.V. Raman, executive director, engineering at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., said that work is underway to make sure that ‘two-pedal’ technology is available in every segment the company currently operates so that customers have a choice. He also added that efforts are on to make the technology affordable.
Maruti’s AMT supplier Magneti Marelli has recently inaugurated its manufacturing facility at Manesar, ending the shortage of supply. This means, Maruti can now equip more of budget hatchbacks with the 5-speed AMT gearbox. The existing 4-speed conventional AT could be of service for both Swift and Ertiga while the premium S-Cross is likely to receive the same CVT unit that is available in the Euro-spec model.
An automatic Swift could emerge as just what the urban customers have been looking for.
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Via – Financialexpress.com