Automatic cars are a boon nowadays, especially while driving in city traffic and congested areas. You get the convenience you need that too without compromising on driving performance. Owing to these two significant reasons, more and more car buyers have steered towards cars with automatic transmission.
Maruti Suzuki foresaw this growing preference for automatic cars in India and how it must be made accessible across different segments. Acting upon the same, it launched the Auto Gear Shift (AGS) in 2014 in the Maruti Suzuki Celerio.
Offering the convenience of an automatic coupled with the fuel efficiency of a manual transmission, Maruti Suzuki AGS-equipped cars have seen strong demand, selling over 5 lakh units in the last 5 years. But what makes AGS such a well-rounded automatic transmission? Let’s get to it.
How does AGS work?
One of the three automatic transmissions offered by Maruti Suzuki, AGS consists of an Intelligent Shift Control Actuator operated by a Transmission Electronic Controller Unit. This AMT setup is directly mounted onto the car’s transmission so that it works in a unified way.
AGS intelligently assesses the dynamic driving conditions and then electronically automates gear shifts and clutch operations. Gears are automatically changed as per the calibrated ratios to deliver great driving pleasure as well as enhanced fuel efficiency.
Advantages of having a Maruti Suzuki AGS Car
Maruti Suzuki AGS offers distinct advantages as an automatic transmission. These include: -
• Flexibility to switch between automatic and manual modes
This is made possible by the Dual Driving mode. The automatic mode ensures greater comfort while driving in traffic. And, whenever you want to take control of the gear shifts, switch to the manual mode with a simple shift of the gear lever. This flexibility of AGS makes it a versatile option for different car buyers.
• Ease of driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic
Thanks to the Creep Function in D mode, you can simply release the brake pedal to get the car moving at low speeds while in slow-moving traffic; no need to press even the accelerator. Now isn’t that convenient!
• Power and Pickup when you need it
This is where the Kick-Down Function in AGS comes into play. Whenever you press the accelerator for more power, this function lowers the gear in order to provide better pickup and acceleration.
Available in 6 Maruti Suzuki models, AGS is a complete transmission that has been optimized for Indian driving conditions. It is revolutionary in not just how it works, but also the fact that it has made automatic transmission a lot more accessible to Indian car buyers across different segments.