Maruti Suzuki India has launched the Swift Dzire with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technology or Auto Gear Shift (AGS) as the company now likes to call it. Currently, Maruti is offering the AMT option to prospective buyers only on the top ZDi trim of the Swift Dzire diesel. The Maruti Dzire ZDi AMT is priced at Rs 8.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Swift Dzire is the first diesel car in Maruti's portfolio and the fourth model overall to be launched with AMT technology.
The company claims that the Dzire ZDi AMT has a fuel efficiency rating of 26.59kmpl as tested by ARAI, same as the manual. Since its launch, Maruti has sold over 11.5 lakh units of the Dzire compact sedan and it is the only one in its segment to have crossed the 10 lakh units sales mark. Maruti had introduced the Swift Dzire facelift last year which received some cosmetic upgrades and additional equipment.
Speaking on the launch, R S Kalsi, executive director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, Auto Gear Shift, a two-pedal technology, enables customers to drive with comfort and convenience, especially in congested city conditions. This convenience is available to them at an attractive price, without any compromise on fuel efficiency."
He further added, Maruti Suzuki introduced the AGS technology in India with Celerio and we currently offer it in the Alto K10 and WagonR also. It has been very well accepted by customers. We are delighted to now offer Auto Gear Shift technology in Dzire diesel as well. Dzire, one of India's most successful cars ever, will become even more attractive with the convenience of Auto Gear Shift technology."
Come 2017, Maruti will launch the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift and Swift Dzire in the Indian market.