Maruti Suzuki Swift Could Get 6-Speed Gearbox Soon

Maruti Suzuki Swift Could Get 6-Speed Gearbox Soon

In the past, it used six-speed gearboxes in S-Cross cars but with limited success.New Delhi: The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to revamp its image in India, which over the years has been that of the budget family auto.

Maruti Suzuki's arch-rival in India, Hyundai already offers its mass-market cars with a six-speed transmission.

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

The3 addition of an extra gear will help increase fuel efficiency because of a new taller 6th gear which also means the auto can travel at high speeds but keeping the RPM low. Maruti Suzuki will start off with the Swift, which is now the latest auto in the Indian range with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and get it the newly developed 6-speed transmission, according to a report from MoneyControl.

For instance, cruising speed of 80-100km/hour on the highway can be done in the sixth gear rather than in the fifth gear. In addition to a better fuel economy there is much less cabin noise in the vehicle in a six-speed gearbox auto.

However, Maruti Suzuki phased out the 6-speed gearbox and the 1.6-litre engine with the subsequent launch of the second-gen facelifted update of the S-Cross which went back to a 5-speed manual and a 1.3-diesel engine.

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This will not be the first time that Maruti Suzuki is using a six-speed gearbox.

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. And now, the new S-Cross comes with a 1.3-litre diesel engine, paired with a five-speed gearbox. Maruti Suzuki, however, has not commented officially about the introduction of new transmission to its cars yet. The engines are now offered in five-speed manual transmission and five-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission in both petrol and diesel trims. Tata Motors offers 6-speed manual gearboxes on the Nexon, the Safari Storme, and the Hexa. Very soon the company will launch a 6-speed automatic variant of the SUV in an automated manual transmission (AMT) format. 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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