Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), riding high on the success of its newly launched Alto K10 AMT, is contemplating another AMT budget hatchback. It wouldn't be an all-new car, instead the company is planning to roll out the Wagon R Stingray with an AMT gearbox, says a report on Autocar India. Maruti has tasted immense success with its AMT-equipped budget hatchbacks Celerio and Alto K10.
Maruti ventured into the AMT gearbox zone by launching the Celerio hatchback equipped with it at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The hatch witnessed an exceptional demand and within no time, the waiting period of the AMT variant was as high as 6 months. Although, it has come down to 4 months as of now but, on the other hand, the waiting period of Alto K10 AMT has increased up to 3 months, which was once 1-1.5 months. Maruti's AMT kit supplier for both Celerio and Alto K10 is Magnetti Marelli, which delivers the company around 3,500 kits every month as it also supplies Tata the same kits for its compact sedan Zest. However, this supply is expected to increase upto 5,000 units monthly as the carmaker is in talks with Magnetti Marelli due to large demand for the AMT variants.
Magnetti Marelli Gurgaon facility is under progress and is expected to be functional by 2015 end. The AMT kit supplier would be starting to manufacturing the AMT kits in the Gurgaon facility to overcome the less supply. Mechanically, the Wagon R Stingray comes loaded with a 1.0L petrol motor which is also used by Alto K10. It would be coupled with same 5-speed AMT gearbox which is currently on offer with Celerio and Alto K10. Maruti is expected to price the Stingray AMT around 30,000-40,000 higher than the manual top-end variant.