Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Maruti Suzuki Swift to get 6-speed gearbox soon

Maruti Suzuki Swift to get 6-speed gearbox soon

Deviating from its budget-friendly family vehicle image, the Indian auto market leader is reportedly planning to launch cars with six-speed gearbox to make them more driver-centric.

And now, it ha been reported that the Swift and other Maruti Suzuki models will soon get a 6-speed manual gearbox replacing the 5-speed one that has been used for quite a while. "Starting with 50,000 units in the first year the demand is projected to go to 400,000 units per year by 2020", an industry source told the Website.

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

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Maruti Suzuki's arch-rival in India, Hyundai already offers its mass-market cars with a six-speed transmission. And judging from Maruti Suzuki's past experiences with making great gearboxes, we would not be surprised if this new 6-speed would be as slick and fun to use as its current 5-speed range. The new gearbox is expected to increase fuel efficiency by allowing for a taller 6th gear. In the future, expect 6-speed manual gearboxes to be offered even in cars from the lower segments. This will put a lot less stress on the engine. Given the fact that Maruti has not clearly denied the development, the new 6-speed manual gearbox could indeed be in the works. The auto giant had employed a six-speed gearbox for the first time in its first generation S-Cross, a premium hatchback crossover that met with limited success.

However, with the phasing out of the earlier generation model and subsequent launch of the all-new version past year the company also terminated the use of the six-speed gearbox. The last generation was phased out, along with the 1.6-litre engine and the six-speed gearbox. The engines are now offered in five-speed manual transmission and five-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission in both petrol and diesel trims. Maruti Suzuki, however, has not commented officially about the introduction of new transmission to its cars yet.

A 6-speed manual gearbox is also offered by competition like the Hyundai i20 with its diesel engine while the likes of the Volkswagen Polo offers a 7-speed automatic. 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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