Maruti Suzuki is the company which got the car affordable to Indians and it still rules the roost. It now wants India (and Indians) to get hooked onto automatic cars. For this, the refreshed version of the old tall boy WagonR, the WagonR Stingray will now get the AMT.
The AMT was first previewed in the Celerio and was later introduced in the Alto K10 by Maruti. Maruti does not want to dilute the “newness” factor, if there is such a thing, of the AMT and hence it will be made available only with the most expensive Stingray variant.
The Stingray is quite modern to look at with the projector headlamps and bold grille. It looks similar to the “kei” cars of Japan from where Suzuki got the design genes(read boxy looks).
The Stingray was the obvious choice for the AMT after the Celerio and the K10 as it features the same engine as the other two, a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder K-series engine with a maximum power of 68PS and 90 Nm of torque. Integrating the AMT to this engine has been done earlier and hence the move.
The AMT has been received really well, more than what Maruti thought because of which they had to change manufacturing schedules to meet the demands. This is owing to the fact that the AMT is really helpful in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic(and there is no dearth of that in India) and it is frugal in consuming fuel.
We will have to wait for sometime to see how Maruti prices the AMT Stingray.
Maruti plans for 7-seater WagonR here.