Back in 2014, Maruti Suzuki launched its first model with Auto Gear Shift (AGS), the Celerio. Since its launch, this automatic transmission technology has enhanced the driving convenience of car owners across the country. At present, AGS is available in Alto K10, S-Presso, WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Dzire, and Vitara Brezza.
Pioneered by Maruti Suzuki, the AGS (Auto Gear Shift) technology is an automatic transmission that uses a shift control actuator operated by the transmission ECU for automatic clutch operation and gear shifts. This, in turn, helps deliver a seamless driving experience which is marked by comfort and convenience.
Key Benefits of AGS
AGS brings together the benefits of both automatic and manual transmissions in one. Here’s why it finds high relevance with Indian car buyers: –
1.Dual-Driving Mode – With AGS, the driver has the flexibility to switch between automatic and manual modes as per his driving preferences. While the Automatic mode ensures convenience while driving, the Manual mode lets you take control of the gear shifts in situations like driving uphill.
2.Creep Function – With the presence of Creep mode, driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic becomes a lot easier. All you have to do is release the brake and the car starts moving at low speeds.
3.Kick-down Function – When you need to accelerate, the Kick Down function in AGS comes into play. It lowers the gear based on the driver’s input to provide better acceleration.
4.Fuel-efficiency – The AGS technology helps deliver optimum fuel-efficiency since the gear ratio change is achieved at optimal shift point i.e. automatic gear shifts are precise.
5. Performance – AGS can intelligently assess dynamic driving conditions to deliver instantaneous power and torque for enhanced driving performance. Moreover, since the engine always remains in the power band, that further enhances the car’s performance.
As an automatic transmission technology, AGS delivers fuel efficiency that is at par with manual versions and offers the convenience of automatic at an accessible price.