Buoyed by the success of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT – the car has received over 25,000 bookings in a month of its launch – India’s largest car maker is clearly sharpening its knives. While the Suzuki Ciaz C-Segment sedan (replacement to the SX4) will take the automated manual transmission (AMT) route when it is launched later this year, an existing offering from Maruti will also jump on to the AMT brigade by the end of this year.
Maruti Suzuki is said to be readying up an AMT equipped version of the Alto K10 hatchback for the Indian car market with a launch timed for end-2014. An AMT equipped Alto K10 isn’t hard to imagine given the fact that the Alto K10, like the Celerio, uses a 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine (67 Bhp-90 Nm) and a 5 speed gearbox. This engine on the Celerio is already equipped with the AMT module, which is made by Fiat owned Magneti Marelli, a components major based out of Italy.
CarToq explains how the automated manual transmission works,
The AMT module is quite compact and works with the existing 5 speed manual gearbox by automating the clutch operation by means of an engine control unit (ECU). Therefore, Maruti deciding to transplant the K-Series engine-AMT combination to the Alto K10 seems like a straight forward affair. Expect the Maruti Alto K10 equipped with the AMT module to cost about 40,000 rupees dearer than the 5 speed manual gearbox equipped version.
As Maruti also plays host to the WagonR – a best selling car equipped with the 1 liter K-Series engine – the tall-boy hatchback could eventually join the AMT brigade, bolstering the sense of practicality to the car. The Alto – comprising of the Alto 800 and K10 models – is the best selling car range in India, with average monthly sales that is well over 20,000 units. An AMT equipped Alto K10 is likely to further boost volumes.