Maruti Suzuki to launch cars with 6-speed gearbox this year

The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift was launched at the Auto Expo in February

The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift was launched at the Auto Expo in February

The first auto from Maruti Suzuki's portfolio to get the new six-speed transmission (codenamed MF30) is likely to be the new Swift, reports Moneycontrol. "Starting with 50,000 units in the first year the demand is projected to go to 400,000 units per year by 2020", the report said citing an industry source. Tata Motors had launched Nexon, a compact SUV competing against Maruti Suzuki Brezza, with six-speed manual gearbox, and a six-speed automatic variant in the cards.

"Maruti is looking to shore up the use of six-speed transmissions in a gradual way". And judging from Maruti Suzuki's past experiences with making great gearboxes, we would not be surprised if this new 6-speed would be as slick and fun to use as its current 5-speed range. 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.

The3 addition of an extra gear will help increase fuel efficiency because of a new taller 6th gear which also means the vehicle can travel at high speeds but keeping the RPM low. This will put a lot less stress on the engine.

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In the past, it used six-speed gearboxes in S-Cross cars but with limited success. Given the fact that Maruti has not clearly denied the development, the new 6-speed manual gearbox could indeed be in the works.

However, with the phasing out of the earlier generation model and subsequent launch of the all-new version previous year the company also terminated the use of the six-speed gearbox.

Maruti Suzuki needed to move to six-speed transmissions since the competition already has the feature. The new Swift is a great package with a new and updated exterior design, a new interior packed full with gadgets and an option of both petrol and diesel engines along with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT on both engines.

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The Delhi-based company will not be the only company to offer six-speed transmissions.

Premium SUVs from Mahindra & Mahindra, like XUV500 and Scorpio, and Tata Motors' Safari and Hexa, also have six-speed transmission. 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. Similarly, French auto maker Renault sells three cars with six-speed transmissions - Lodgy, Duster and Captur.

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