Maruti Suzuki has updated the Swift portfolio by introducing automatic transmission in the top-spec ZXI+ and ZDI+ trim. The Indo-Japanese carmaker launched the new-gen Swift in India at the 2018 Auto Expo. However, the AGS technology (what Maruti likes to call their AMT) was only available across the VXI, ZXI, VDI and ZDI variants. Now, the ZXi+ AGS is priced at Rs 7.76 lakhs while the ZDi+ AGS has a price tag of Rs 8.76 lakhs (ex-showroom).
So earlier, the buyers who wanted the convenience of an automatic missed out on top-spec-only features like LED projector headlights, automatic lamps, daytime running lights, stylish razor-cut alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, and parking reversing camera. So Maruti paid heed to the customer demands and has finally added the AMT to the top-spec trims of both petrol and diesel variants. Now all the features of the ZXi+/ZDi+ are available with the convenience of an automatic.
Pricing wise, the ZXi+ AMT and ZDi+ AMT are Rs 47,000 more expensive than the ZXi+ and ZDi+, respectively. But you get the convenience of a two-pedal set-up which is a big boon in traffic-infested city commutes. The ZXi+/ZDi+ is also a fully loaded trim and offers all the features and conveniences which should be available at its price point.
Maruti Suzuki Swift ZDi+ AMT has carved a niche for itself in the Indian car market. Apart from it (and the slow-selling Ignis), there is no fully-loaded diesel automatic hatchback available in the country. The direct rival Hyundai Grand i10 doesn’t have a diesel automatic, and even the petrol CVT automatic isn’t offered in the top-spec trim. The Ford Figo too offers CVT but only with the petrol engine. The Toyota Etios Liva doesn’t offer an automatic at all, while Nissan Micra only offers petrol automatic and diesel manual options. This gives a huge advantage to the Swift. And if someone is in the market looking for a diesel automatic in the price range of under Rs 10 lakhs, the Swift ZDi+ AMT is the best bet.