Early in November, ZigWheels had reported about Maruti’s plan of launching a Ritz automatic soon. It appears that Maruti Suzuki has now announced the price of the Ritz AT on its website ahead of its “official launch.” According to the company website, the Ritz AT is priced at Rs 6.15 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. It will be powered by the existing 1.2-litre K12M motor that produces 87PS of power at 6,000rpm and is mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox. ABS is standard unlike the VXi and VDi trims, in which it’s available as an option. The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of the Ritz Automatic is 17.16kmpl which is not much of a compromise over the 18.5kmpl offered by the manual gearbox version.
The Ritz was given a face-lift recently with as many as 52 changes on the car that have made the hatchback far more appealing. However, those looking to buy the Ritz diesel will be disappointed to know the autobox is available only with the petrol engine option.
The petrol automatic version will feature the complete equipment list available on the VXi and VDi trim like immobiliser, fog lamps front and rear, light off and key off reminder, rear spoiler, side body moulding to name a few.
While diesels are the preferred choice in this segment, Maruti Suzuki has planned for an automatic gearbox only in the petrol motor for now and has no plans of introducing an ‘autobox’ mated to a diesel engine.
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