Car Of The Week: Maruti Suzuki Ritz Automatic
Bangalore: Maruti Suzuki has released the automatic variant of its successful model Ritz in the Indian market, as a strong reply to both Honda and Hyundai, who are the main contenders in this section with Brio automatic and i10 automatic respectively.
The hatchback comes with the famous 1.2 litre K- series petrol engine which churns out 85.8 Bhp of sheer power. Maruti has coupled the same 4 speed automatic gearbox from its Automatic versions of A Star and Dzire into the Ritz’s heart. The automatic will be available in one variant Ritz AT, carrying a price tag of Rs 6.43 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai.)
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has face lifted Ritz in late 2012 and the automatic version comes in these fresh looks combined with a powerful engine, which is expected to give the recently released Honda Brio AT, a run for its money. Ritz AT offers ABS and EBD as optional features, while the airbags are missing from the options. The cabin gets new dual tone upholstery, a claimed better rear seat comfort, driver seat adjuster, and new audio system with steering mounted audio controls and USB support. It will be available in a choice of six colors, New Mystique Red, New Breeze Blue, New Granite Grey, Silky Silver, Bakers Chocolate, and Superior White.
Ritz AT comes with an ARAI approved mileage of 17.16 kmpl, which is better than its competitors in the segment. However, it is more expensive product than both Brio AT and i10 automatic, but the brand name MSI is certainly gives the car a competitive edge.
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