Maruti Suzuki has developed a brand new 6-speed manual gearbox that it will soon start offering on its hot-selling cars in India. The all-new 2018 Swift, which was just launched in February 2018, is said to be the first car that will receive the newly developed 6-speed gearbox.
MoneyControl has cited one of its sources close to the latest development as saying,
Maruti is looking to shore up the use of six-speed transmissions in a gradual way. Starting with 50,000 units in the first year the demand is projected to go to 400,000 units per year by 2020
Since Maruti is projecting massive volumes for the new 6-speed manual gearbox, codenamed MF30, expect a wide range of cars and SUVs to receive the new transmission. The new gearbox is expected to increase fuel efficiency by allowing for a taller 6th gear. Acceleration could also improve thanks to shorter ratios for the first five cogs. Cruising performance and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels are also expected to improve due to the additional gear.
It remains to be seen if Maruti offers the new 6-speed gearbox on both petrol and diesel engine variants. The S-Cross Diesel, with the now-discontinued 1.6 liters Fiat Multijet engine, was the last Maruti car to feature a 6-speed manual gearbox. Maruti Suzuki, like most other automakers, has refused to comment on the matter. Given the fact that Maruti has not clearly denied the development, the new 6-speed manual gearbox could indeed be in the works.
Refusing to comment on this, a Maruti spokesperson said,
We don’t give guidance on future products and technologies.
Car and SUV makers in India are increasingly equipping their vehicles with 6-speed manual gearboxes. Tata Motors offers 6-speed manual gearboxes on the Nexon, the Safari Storme, and the Hexa. Mahindra offers a 6-speed manual transmission on the XUV500 while even Renault and Nissan offer such gearboxes on both the Duster and Terrano. Hyundai has offered 6-speed manual gearboxes even on cheaper cars such as the i20 (old as well as the Elite model), the Verna and the Creta. In the future, expect 6-speed manual gearboxes to be offered even in cars from the lower segments.
News Source: Money Control