While we are not really sure of September 16 launch of ‘new’ Swift that we talked about yesterday, another interesting bit has reached us. While it may seem a bit surprising but what we heard from our sources is that Swift may get an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) rather than the expected conventional automatic transmission.
It was imperative for Swift to get the same 4-speed automatic gearbox which currently does duty on Dzire and Ritz automatics and is already available in some international markets. This 4-speed transmission propels the 1.2K-Series petrol engine on both these cars and also powers the Swift petrol.
With the AMT, Maruti has received an overwhelming response to their Celerio with waiting periods ranging across to many months in a row. But that has a lot to do with the limited capacity of Magnetti Marelli, the Italian firm which supplies the AMT box to Maruti.
If this news of Swift getting an AMT box goes true, the question is where will Maruti source it from? There are reports that Magnetti Marelli is planning to set up a plant in India to start producing AMT gearboxes locally, in turn, enhancing the capacity manifolds.
We do not have any concrete update on when will the new Swift with an Autobox come to our markets but if it, indeed, gets an AMT, Maruti is all set to witness higher than ever bookings for their Swift, since the end car would be cheaper than the Swift with conventional autobox and it would result in fuel efficiency figures very similar to its manual counterpart.
We suggest you to take this report as a speculation at this point of time but we are trying to dig deeper and if we have any concrete update we will share it across with all of you.