Definitely considering AMT for Maruti Vitara Brezza, says CV Raman – Report

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At launch, only a 5-speed manual gearbox will be available.

Speaking to Overdrive, executive director of engineering at MSIL, Mr. CV Raman, stated that the option of an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for the Maruti Vitara Brezza is being considered. It could be introduced later in its lifecycle, if approved.

Maruti Vitara Brezza side at the 2016 Auto Expo
The compact SUV measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width, 1,640 mm in height, 2,500 mm in wheelbase and has a ground clearance of 198 mm.

Given that the demand for diesel automatic SUVs are on the rise, and that AMT-kit supplier Magneti Marelli has set up a manufacturing plant in India, an AMT option in the Vitara Brezza could be inevitable. Currently, the only sub-4m SUV in the segment to offer an AMT option is the Mahindra TUV300. The larger Renault Duster will be launched with an AMT next month.

The only engine option will be the familiar 1.3-liter DDiS diesel four-cylinder engine capable of 90 PS at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Maruti Vitara Brezza interior at the 2016 Auto Expo
Bookings for the Maruti Vitara Brezza have commenced at major dealerships.

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The compact SUV measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width, 1,640 mm in height, 2,500 mm in wheelbase and has a ground clearance of 198 mm. The boot has a capacity of 328 liters, and it rides on 215/60 R16 tires, shod with 16-inch alloy wheels in the top-end variant.

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[Source: Overdrive]

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