With the 2018 update, Maruti has introduced AMT Transmission in Vitara Breza. And although the Maruti cars with the 1.3-liter diesel engine have an AMT in models like Swift and DZire, this is the first time that coupling with more powerful DDiS200 tunes. Apart from AMT addition, some feature updates have also been done. Does this combination work enough to say goodbye to your traffic crisis? And what has changed?
As far as Lux is concerned, the only difference in the 2018 update is black alloy wheels, which are now available in Z and Z + variants. They replace the old gray but the size and shape are the same. In our opinion, black people look better. Also, this orange color is a new addition, which is the place of the old blue color.
Then there is a chrome bar on the top of the license plate, which was previously available only in top end variants but is now available in the range.
Everything like that is still like Boxy SUV size, LED light guide, floating roof design and large glass area which makes Brezza a hit at the first place.
Inside, again, things remain exactly the same. You get a neat looking All-Black Dashboard with Smartplay Infotainment System. It supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. You get Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity even further. In this top variant, you get 6 speakers and audio quality, although little bass is heavy, effective.
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You sit in a commanding position, one of the advantages of Vita Braja But as the benefits stand, the niggles also do it. Plastic quality and texture look cheap and does not look like overall internal quality premium. In the AMT variant, you are further dropped on cruise control, a feature which is present in manual variants.
As part of the 2018 update, Maruti has removed the ‘alternative’ variant from the lineup. Now you get safety features in all the variants like DUAL airbags like ABS, ABD with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking sensor and seat belt with pretenders and load limiters.
The biggest change in the AMT variant is the AMT gear shifter. It’s easy to use and you can push the lever to the left to go to manual mode.
Engine and display
No modification has been made in the 1.3-liter DDiS200 diesel engine. It still creates the maximum power of 90PS and peak torque of 200Nm. It suffers from Turbo lag below 2,000rpm and gives good performance beyond about 4500rpm. What does AMT Transmission do, reduces the effect of turbo lag.
The gearbox does not shift gear a lot, it’s up or down. In addition, it keeps reverse in the lower gear to keep the car in the powerband’s meat. Consequently, you get a smooth ride without worrying about getting the reverse. For overtakes, the gearbox downshoot occurs only when the throttle action is sudden and strong, otherwise it keeps the car in the same gear to complete the maneuver. On highways, changes in the 4th to 5th gear can be hard to feel, and the car happily travels miles.
The throttle response has been dialed backwards. As a result, you need to provide more input to gain noticeable performance. The gear shift is smooth, as long as you are gentle with throttle. If you prefer to drive fast in traffic, it is better to have a shift in manual mode and to control the shift yourself.
But a bit of toll has been taken on the efficiency of Gearbox Holding Revs. While the manual returned the mileage of 21kmpl to our city in the tests, AMT gave a return of 17.6kmpl. Even on the highway, efficiency decreased from about 5kmpl to 20.9kmpl. But even these figures are ahead of competition and even on their own, they are less than impressive.
Altogether, the AMT has been tuned for city use and because the gearbox puts you in powerband for most of the time, the AMT feels better than the driving manual too!