BA readers knew that the Automatic variant of the Ritz is on the cards, now the official website of the company has updated the details of the same. The Ritz Automatic comes only in petrol variant VXi AT (Automatic Transmission) grade and has the option of ABS with EBD as optional safety feature. The prices of the Ritz Automatic are yet to be released and that we expect, will happen with an official press release from Maruti.
In the Ritz Automatic, the 1.2-litre K-Series, 85 PS-114 Nm petrol engine is mated to a four speed automatic gearbox, which is the same unit that is used on the Dzire Automatic as well. The ARAI approved mileage of the Maruti Ritz with 4-speed automatic is 17.16 kmpl that is about 1.34 kmpl lesser than its manual variant, but we think that in real world driving conditions, this difference maybe larger.
Maruti’s strategy of launching the Ritz Automatic in VXi trim is to ensure that the price of the automatic variant is kept at a level which makes it attractive for the prospective car buyer and this is the same approach Maruti has taken with all its other automatic cars built and sold in India.
Once the Ritz Automatic is launched, Maruti will have a total of 6 cars available with automatic transmission in its line-up, it includes the A-Star hatch, Swift Dzire sedan, SX4 sedan, along with the two CBU’s: the Grand Vitara SUV and the Kizashi sedan. The Ritz Automatic directly competes with the likes of the automatic versions of the Honda Brio and the Hyundai i10.
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