It seems that Maruti Suzuki may snatch all the limelight in bringing the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) on their hatchback Swift which was expected to come on the recently launched Tata Bolt earlier.
With time, speculations of an automatic Swift are gaining ground and according to a latest report on Business Standard, Swift will be launched with an AMT gearbox and interestingly, on the diesel engine. The launch, they say, is in November this year.
If this gets true, Swift diesel will go on to become the cheapest diesel automatic (clutch-less) car in the country beating the current Zest diesel.
AMT was popularized by company’s own Celerio and the latest car to get this technology is Alto K10 but both of them are on the petrol variants and it will be a first for Maruti to plonk the AMT on the diesel engine, which happens to be the 1.3L DDIS engine sourced from Fiat, the same engine which is also used by Zest.
The AMT units for Maruti are being supplied by Magnetti Marelli which has plans to set up a facility in India to speed up the process.