Maruti Suzuki India will soon introduce a 6-speed manual gearbox across its product lineup this year. This new transmission (codenamed MF30) will replace the existing 5-speed manual unit. The first car to receive the upgrade will be the all-new Swift hatchback, followed by other models. Currently, the Swift is available with petrol and diesel engines with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT gearbox options.
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With better gear spacing, the new 6-speed transmission will enhance fuel efficiency of the vehicles. Furthermore, it will offer better drivability during highway cruising. Compared to the 5-speed gearbox, the 6-speed unit also results less cabin noise. However, the transmission upgrade could make select variants or models slightly more expensive. Just so you know, Maruti Suzuki had offered the 6-speed manual gearbox in the previous generation S-Cross crossover with a 1.6-litre diesel engine. Read – Maruti Suzuki To Launch 12 New Cars in India
The report further suggests that the Indo-Japanese carmaker aims to increase production of the 6-speed gearbox gradually from 50,000 units in the first year to 4 lakh units per year by 2020. The major reason behind Maruti’s gearbox upgrade is its rivals – Hyundai and Tata – those are already offering the 6-speed units in their cars.
The upgrade beneficiaries will include Baleno, new Ciaz and other models. It could be restricted to vehicles with 1.4L, 1.3 DDiS and 1.2L K12 capacity engines. Models such as WagonR, Celerio and Alto won’t be the part of the upgrade. However, Maruti hasn’t yet made any official statement on the same.
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