Maruti Suzuki Swift may get six-speed gearbox

James Marshall
March 14, 2018

Deviating from its budget-friendly family vehicle image, the Indian auto market leader is reportedly planning to launch cars with six-speed gearbox to make them more driver-centric.

The report claimed, the company recently confirmed about six-speed gearboxes, codenamed MF30, for all its cars manufacturing this year. Reports also suggest that Maruti plans to gradually increase the production of these gearboxes, 50,000 a year at first and four lakh gearboxes a year by 2020.

According to sources cited by MoneyControl in its report, Maruti is looking to shore up the use of 6-speed transmissions in a gradual way. Not only will the extra gear offer better drivability in terms of highway cruising, but will also offer considerably more fuel economy in the gear at a certain rev range. The Indo-Japanese outfit's majority of cars from the Alto to Ciaz are now using a five-speed gearbox.

Earlier, it had used six-speed gearboxes in its previous S-Cross cars but with limited success.

It remains to be seen if Maruti offers the new 6-speed gearbox on both petrol and diesel engine variants.

The3 addition of an extra gear will help increase fuel efficiency because of a new taller 6th gear which also means the auto can travel at high speeds but keeping the RPM low.

A response from Maruti Suzuki stated "We don't give guidance on future products and technologies".

Maruti Suzuki might have a crack at six-speed transmission once again this year. The cabin noise is also reduced with six-speed gearbox, as compared to a five-speed one. The last generation was phased out, along with the 1.6-litre engine and the six-speed gearbox.

While the new 6-speed gearbox might end up increasing prices on select models or variants that it is offered in, it is actually great news for customers.

Maruti Suzuki needed to move to six-speed transmissions since the competition already has the feature. 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. The Brezza, which is the market leader in the SUV space does not come with an automatic gearbox. Tata Motors offers 6-speed manual gearboxes on the Nexon, the Safari Storme, and the Hexa. Renault sells three cars with six-speed gearboxes, namely - Duster, Captur and Lodgy.

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