Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s largest selling carmaker, recently launched the all-new Swift with an AMT option for both petrol and diesel engine variants. The AMT variant has been a hit, which is a reflection of the fast-growing popularity of automatic cars. Maruti plans to launch a handful of new models in the near future that will have an optional automatic transmission. Here’s a look at six new automatic cars from Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti will launch the new-generation WagonR in India around Diwali this year. The new-gen WagonR will be powered by an updated version of the K10 engine that powers the current car. The motor will continue to offer two transmission options – 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT. The AMT option will help the WagonR take on the upcoming AMT-equipped new-gen Hyundai Santro. As is the case with the present car, the AMT option will make the next generation WagonR a very practical urban runabout.
The highly popular Ciaz sedan is about to get a facelift. As per this render, the Ciaz can get an updated bumper, new fog lamp housings and a new grille. Other than the styling updates, the car is also expected to offer a new petrol engine. Currently, the Ciaz is available with a 1.4-litre K-series petrol engine that comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and a 4-speed automatic as optional. This engine will be replaced with a new 1.5-litre unit that will also offer the above two transmission choices. Moreover, the Ciaz shares its diesel engine with the Brezza. Hence, it is very likely that even the diesel variant will come with the 5-speed AMT.
Maruti Suzuki will launch the new-gen Ertiga MPV around August this year. The all-new Ertiga MPV is based on the company’s lightweight HEARTECT platform. This will make the new MPV more efficient than the current version. Akin to the current MPV, even the upcoming model will offer an automatic transmission with the petrol variant. Also, like the Ciaz, the Ertiga shares its engine with the Brezza, which means even this car has good chances of coming with an AMT for the diesel variant. The all-new Ertiga will be available in a higher segment, where it will rival the Renault Lodgy and the upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV.
Even the Alto will receive a generation change by the end of next year. The all-new Alto will be based on a new platform but will get the same K10 petrol engine, albeit in an updated form. It will also get the same transmission choices- 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT. The AMT will make the Alto K10 a peppy, frugal, and a very practical urban runabout.
Maruti seems to be planning to launch the Vitara SUV in India. The Vitara will rival the Hyundai Creta and will be a premium offering with a long list of features and an optional automatic transmission. The new Vitara will be launched with both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variants will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol motor that will be available with manual and automatic transmissions. The diesel engine will be the same 1.6-litre unit that powered the top-end pre-facelift S-Cross.
Maruti Corolla Altis
Like we have been saying, Suzuki and Toyota have entered into an agreement that will enable both the companies to sell some of each others’ cars. As per this agreement, Maruti will get the Corolla Altis and will sell it after making suitable styling modifications. (Our speculative render above shows what the car could look like with a Ciaz-like face). The Maruti-spec Corolla will get the same engines that power Toyota’s D1-segment sedan. This means that the petrol version will get a 1.8-litre unit that will come with manual and automatic transmissions. The 1.4-litre diesel motor, however, will be available with a manual gearbox only.