Marut Suzuki had launched the next-gen Swift at the 2018 Auto Expo and now the premium hatchback is again in the news for being introduced with a new 6-speed manual gearbox. Currently, the third-gen Swift is available with an option of both petrol and diesel engines along with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT on both engines.
However, the biggest possibility is that the new 6-speed gearbox might end up increasing prices on select models or variants of Maruti Suzuki Swift but it is indeed good news for the customers looking to buy the hatch. The new gearbox option will not only offer better drivability in terms of highway cruising, but will also return considerably more fuel efficiency in the vehicle.
The reports in the market suggest, the gearbox to be offered with the newly launched Swift will carry the code name MF30. Apart from this, the manufacturer is also planning to increase the production of these gearboxes, 50,000 a year at first and four lakh gearboxes a year by 2020. Other than Swift, the same gearbox is also expected to make its way to be offered with other Maruti offerings such as the Baleno and Ciaz. One thing to notice here is that Maruti seems to offer the gearbox only on the cars with the 1.3-litre DDiS, 1.2-litre K12 or 1.4-litre petrol engines and not with smaller engines like K10 that empowers other cars by the manufacturer such as Alto, Wagon R, Celerio, etc.
Earlier, Maruti Suzuki had offered the 6-speed gearbox with the S-Cross which is now sold only with the 1.3-litre DDiS engine. However, earlier the car used to come powered by a larger 1.6-litre diesel motor mated to come exclusively with the 6-speed manual option. Though, Maruti is currently introducing a 6-speed manual gearbox with the 2018 Swift, we can definitely expect the manufacturer to offer a 6-speed AMT in the near future as well with the car.
Currently, the Swift rival Hyundai i20 also comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox with its diesel engine while the likes of the Volkswagen Polo offers a 7-speed automatic. Increasing the competition, Tata Motors also offers the Nexon sub 4-metre compact SUV with a 6-speed manual. Hence, the move is a must for the Indo-Japanese automaker in order to stay in the competition. However, with its current 5-speed manual and AMT version, the 2018 Swift has already become a hot favorite in the market with a long delivery waiting period.
The Swift 2018 price falls in the bracket of Rs 4.99 lakh - Rs 8.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and is available in four variants each - L, V, Z and Z+, with both the petrol and diesel engines. The features include auto LED projector headlamps with daytime running LEDs, tail lamps with LED brake lights and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and Isofix child seat anchors as standard safety features. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates.