Affordable technologies like automated manual transmission not only enable a wider section of buyers to enjoy and benefit from them, but also prove to be a market success. Maruti brought AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) with Celerio petrol, and then widened the range by offering it in other hatchbacks as well. But at the same time, the company does understand that although the Dzire’s sales are almost insurmountable, the competition offers a few more things that matter. Take the Tata Zest for instance, which offers the option of diesel automatic (AMT) that others in the segment including the Dzire do not.
However the recent spy shots published by GaadiWaadi show a Maruti Swift Dzire demo/test-drive car with an automatic gearbox. Look closely and you’ll see the same Auto-Shift logo as first used on the Celerio (denoting that it’s an AMT) and the use of ‘ZDi’ on the boot – which is the fully loaded, diesel-powered variant.
Since it’s a demo/test-drive car that’s caught, it won’t be wrong on our part to guess that the launch is not too far. Just to recapitulate, the engine choices on the Dzire are unlikely to change, and the said version will be powered by the same, Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine.
The price difference between the manual gearbox versions and the AMT-equipped ones should be in the region of Rs 50,000 as in the case of the Celerio. The Swift Dzire AMT’s main rival, the Zest, is priced at Rs 4.88 lakh onwards, and the AMT-equipped version is priced at Rs 7.33 lakh onwards.