Maruti Suzuki to launch cars with 6-speed gearbox this year

Maruti Suzuki Swift likely to get a six-speed gearbox: Report

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd is reportedly planning to relaunch a six-speed gearbox auto this year as it seeks to shore up the use of such vehicles in the near future, a media report said on Tuesday.

Maruti Suzuki is planning to take up the new Swift as the first auto to get a six-speed transmission under this project, Moneycontrol reported. Starting with 50,000 units in the first year the demand is projected to go to 400,000 units per year by 2020.

The carmaker is in a process to launch a six-speed gearbox this year, which will improve the driving performance of the vehicle.

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.

As of now, the entire Maruti Suzuki portfolio uses five-speed gearbox, even company's flagship sedan in India, Ciaz.

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An additional sixth gear enhances fuel efficiency because of better spacing of gears.

For instance, cruising speed of 80-100km/hour on the highway can be done in the sixth gear rather than in the fifth gear. The S-Cross, which is now sold only with the 1.3-litre DDiS engine used to also get the larger 1.6-litre diesel motor mated to come exclusively with the 6-speed manual option. The S-Cross met with limited success.

However, with the phasing out of the earlier generation model and subsequent launch of the all-new version a year ago the company also terminated the use of the six-speed gearbox. The new Swift is a great package with a new and updated exterior design, a new interior packed full with gadgets and an option of both petrol and diesel engines along with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT on both engines. The engines are now offered in five-speed manual transmission and five-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission in both petrol and diesel trims. Perhaps, one of the major reasons why Maruti is upgrading its gearbox is because of rival Hyundai who has been employing six-speed transmissions in cars like Elite i20, Verna, Elantra, Creta and Tucson.

Maruti Suzuki needed to move to six-speed transmissions since the competition already has the feature. Tata recently launched the Nexon compact SUV with a 6-speed manual transmission, which now sits alongside Hexa, and the Safari which also gets a 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Mahindra offers a 6-speed manual transmission on the XUV500 while even Renault and Nissan offer such gearboxes on both the Duster and Terrano.

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