Maruti Suzuki launches Dzire diesel with Auto Gear Shift technology
India’s largest and most favoured carmaker Maruti Suzuki has registered a sale of 11.5 lakh units of Dzire, making it the first sedan ever in India to cross the sales figure of one million units. The carmaker’s latest offering in the Indian market is a high-end diesel variant of the Dzire compact sedan equipped with AGS (auto gear shift) technology. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire AGS thereby becomes the first diesel car and the fourth product of the company after Celerio, Alto K10, and WagonR to boast of the AGS technology. The ASG transmission is available only in a single variant that is the top-end ZDI and is available at a price tag of Rs. 8.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Mr R S Kalsi, The Executive Director Marketing & Sales of Maruti Suzuki India Limited commented during the launch, “Auto Gear Shift, a two-pedal technology, enables customers to drive with comfort and convenience, especially in congested city conditions. This convenience is available to them at an attractive price, without any compromise on fuel efficiency. Maruti Suzuki introduced the AGS technology in India with the Celerio and we currently offer it in Alto K10 and WagonR also. It has been very well accepted by customers. We are delighted to now offer Auto Gear Shift technology in Dzire as well.”
Basically, AGS is also known as automated manual transmission (AMT), has an intuitive shift control actuator that executes the task of clutch and shift automatically. The powertrain for the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire AGS is the standard 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine that does duty in the manual variant. The engine generates maximum power of 74bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque of 190Nm at 2000rpm. The same engine is mated to an AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox instead of the five-speed manual gearbox. According to Maruti Suzuki, Swift Dzire AGS will be delivering a fuel efficiency similar to the manual transmission that is 26.59 km/l.
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