Tata Zica could be the most affordable diesel automatic

While most details of the Tata Zica are out already, except the pricing, what’s missing is the optional automated manual transmission (AMT). And with both the Nano and the Zest using it, Tata Motors isn’t certainly new to the technology. So where’ the AMT?

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According to reports online, the AMT gearbox on the Zica will debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in February, almost three weeks after the vehicle’s launch in January. Announced earlier this month, the Zica is Tata’s new product that will be positioned between the Nano and the larger Bolt. The positioning makes it a direct replacement to the Indica.

The Zica will feature newly developed petrol (1.2-litre) and diesel (1.05-litre) three-cylinder engines. And until the arrival of AMT, it will be offered with 5-speed manual gearbox. The good news is that both versions (petrol and diesel) can get AMT, and that will give the Zica an advantage by being the smallest diesel-powered automatic.

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It looks different from the current crop of Tata products but certainly has a certain familiarity in the design. The interior is again a step in the right direction with a good looking dashboard design and additions of features like an 8-speaker Harman music system, etc.