Maruti Suzuki is the first carmaker to launch a model equipped with an Automated Manual Transmission with the Celerio. After the Celerio, Tata was the second to enter the AMT segment with the Zest sedan. After launching the AMT-equipped Alto K10, Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch the AMT-equipped version of the Wagon R. According to reports, Maruti Suzuki intends to keep the Wagon R AMT at the premium end of the line-up and will launch the AMT only in the Wagon R Stingray edition.
Powering the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is the same 1.0-litre K10 petrol motor which powers the Celerio and Alto K10. The engine will be connected to the same five-speed automated manual gearbox which also channels power in the Celerio and Alto K10 auto versions. With the same AMT box used on three models, Maruti Suzuki is able to keep the costs low. With the AMT trend catching up, the car maker is leaving no stone untunred to cash on it.
Currently, Maruti receives around 3,500 AMT kits from its Italian supplier Magnetti Marelli for the Celerio and Alto. While this is insufficient to keep up with the growing demand for AMT models, Maruti Suzuki is in talks to increase supply in order to sustain high demand. The carmaker is expecting a monthly supply of around 5,000 kits soon. The Wagon R Stingray AMT will likely command a premium of INR 30,000-35,000 over the manual version.
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via : ACI