With the demand for the Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT rising, the company is contemplating to launch its popular Swift with an automatic transmission according to the latest and rather surprising news snippet by Economic Times.
It’s not clear at this point whether it would be the conventional auto-box that would do duty on the Swift or Maruti would be putting another AMT gearbox on the mass selling hatch. It could be anything, but if there is any iota of truth to this news, we expect the conventional box from Dzire to find its way as it’s already on sale in the Malaysian market since last year.
In fact the whole article on ET is interesting and at the same time a little confusing. It says that Swift automatic is launching as early as September and the date they have given is 16th of this month which is barely 12 days away. We already know that there is definitely something cooking for Swift at Maruti’s headquarters.
Amidst the widespread speculation of Swift facelift, we got to see slightly different Swifts produced and parked at Maruti’s Manesar plant ready for dispatches.
If this news bit is to be clubbed with the same spotting of those Swifts with DRLs, we believe Maruti may introduce the Swift automatic with slight little exterior (and interior) changes and continue the regular Swift as it is. This is because we saw a lot of Swifts parked which looked exactly the same as the current Swifts in showrooms.
The Swift currently comes with two engine options, a petrol and a diesel, and both the variants use 5-speed manual gearboxes. The petrol is a 1197 cc unit that puts out 87 PS at 6,200 rpm and 114 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. The 1248 cc diesel engine on the other hand churns out 190Nm torque at 2,000 revs while its peak power output stands at 75 PS at 4,000 rpm. And yes, as you may have noticed there is not even a higher powered (about) 90HP VGT option on offer, yet!
Surely, this news bit about ‘some’ new Maruti Swift launch on 16th September has got us all excited but there are a lot of confusions that prevail at this point. We are trying to dig deeper and see if we can get some supporting bits to this claim by ET!