Automated manual transmission (AMT) equipped cars are on the rise in India, both in terms of their popularity and their numbers. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio was the first to be offered with this convenient AMT box, following which the Alto K10 and now, the tallboy Wagon R gets one too. The AMT-equipped Wagon R was recently introduced in Indonesia. As with other AMT cars in its line-up, Maruti calls this one the ‘Auto Gear Shift’ (AGS) technology. The Wagon R will continue to be powered by the familiar K10-Series 1.0-litre, three-pot petrol mill under the bonnet. This engine is identical to the ones found in the Alto K10 and the Celerio.
The Stingray variant will also get this 5-speed AMT.
Just like with its other 1.0-litre stablemates, expect the Wagon R twins to deliver 20+ km/l of fuel economy. As we stated before, we reckon this Maruti will come with an engine start-stop system. The manual version of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R gets an ARAI rated fuel consumption figure of 20.51 km/l. Unlike in some of the AMT cars in their portfolio, the Wagon R will offer AMT even in its base LXi variant. This will only make buyers happy, also making the automated manual systems even more prevalent.
The 1.0-litre K10 unit makes 68 PS of power and 90 Nm of torque.
We expect Maruti Suzuki Wagon R AMT variants to have a bump in their sticker price of over INR 30,000. It seems that the list of AMT cars in the country will only see a rise in their numbers. Hitting the sweet spot between frugality and driver convenience is vital to that success. The AMT Wagon R could hit showrooms within the next couple of months, though the carmaker is yet to confirm the actual date. Keep following Motoroids for more on the latest industry news and happenings.
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