Maruti Suzuki " s "family car' image will get a major boost this year when the company launches a six-speed gearbox which will effectively make its cars even more driver-centric.
And now, it ha been reported that the Swift and other Maruti Suzuki models will soon get a 6-speed manual gearbox replacing the 5-speed one that has been used for quite a while.
The MF30 would be the Indian automaker's another attempt to win over customers with a six-speed auto in the country, since the current models in its stable are entirely built on five-speed gearboxes.
According to sources cited by MoneyControl in its report, Maruti is looking to shore up the use of 6-speed transmissions in a gradual way. And judging from Maruti Suzuki's past experiences with making great gearboxes, we would not be surprised if this new 6-speed would be as slick and fun to use as its current 5-speed range.
An additional sixth gear enhances fuel efficiency because of better spacing of gears. In the future, expect 6-speed manual gearboxes to be offered even in cars from the lower segments.
For instance, cruising speed of 80-100km/hour on the highway can be done in the sixth gear rather than in the fifth gear.
In the past, it used six-speed gearboxes in S-Cross cars but with limited success.
However, this is not the first time Maruti Suzuki is bringing in the six-speed manual. The cabin noise is also reduced with six-speed gearbox, as compared to a five-speed one. The existing generation of S-Cross runs a 1.3-litre diesel engine coupled with a five-speed gearbox. Maruti Suzuki, however, has not commented officially about the introduction of new transmission to its cars yet.
Priced from Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 6.96 lakh for petrol variants and Rs 5.99 lakh to Rs 7.96 lakh for diesel variants (ex-showroom Delhi), the new generation swift is offered in 1.2-liter K12 VVT petrol and 1.3-liter DDiS 190 diesel engines. Hyundai, the second place holder in the Indian auto market, is using six-speed transmissions in Elite i20, Verna, Elantra, Creta and Tucson. The Brezza, which is the market leader in the SUV space does not come with an automatic gearbox.
Premium SUVs from Mahindra & Mahindra, like XUV500 and Scorpio, and Tata Motors' Safari and Hexa, also have six-speed transmission. Similarly, French vehicle maker Renault sells three cars with six-speed transmissions - Lodgy, Duster and Captur.
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