Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel with AMT will receive a 5 speed AMT transmission with a 1.3 liter DDiS Fiat sourced diesel engine while AMT gearbox will be from Magneti Marelli. Pricing will be higher than the manual variant by approximately INR 40,000.
Launch of Maruti Swift AMT variant is scheduled for November 2015, which is around the Diwali festive season. Once launched, Swift AMT will become the most affordable diesel AMT car in the country, a title which currently belongs to Tata Zest sedan.
As on date, AMT transmission is seen on cars like the Tata Zest, Maruti Celerio and Maruti Alto K10. With rise in traffic on our roads, demand for AMT cars is on the rise. This is because of its low cost as compared to a conventional automatic transmission. AMT is not only cheaper, but also offers better fuel efficiency. As per a report, 3 out of 10 cars sold in India by 2020 will have AMT gearbox.
So why the delay in offering more products with AMT? The reason being, production constraints. AMT variants in India come with a waiting period of up to 6 months. But, this problem is soon to be solved as Magnetti Marelli will be starting production of AMT kits at their plant in Manesar, Haryana. As of now, most of the kits are being imported into the country.
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Once this plant is operational, more and more manufacturers are set to offer AMT variants on existing cars. Apart from Swift, Maruti Suzuki plans to offer AMT technology in Ertiga and DZire as well. Apart from Maruti and Tata, other car manufacturers who are also reported to be looking at AMT for their products include Mahindra, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Honda, and Fiat.