Snapshot – The latest buzz word in the Indian car scene is the Automated Manual Transmission technology, From Maruti Suzuki to Mahindra and Tata Motors, car makers seem to have suddenly woken up to AMT technology for their cars. As sales of the Celerio AMT have proven, India seems just about ready to join the automatic car revolution as automatic transmissions are proving to be better performing and more efficient than manual gearboxes. CarToq rounds up six confirmed cars that will get the AMT option over the next couple of years.
The Tata Bolt is just months away from a launch in India. Tata Motors’ latest B+ segment hatchback will get AMT technology on both its petrol and diesel variants. The diesel powered Bolt AMT will be the first such car in its segment.
The Bolt’s petrol motor will be a 1.2 liter, turbocharged unit outputting 84 Bhp-140 Nm and the diesel motor will be the 1.3 liter fiat Multijet unit outputting 75 Bhp-190 Nm. As is the case with Maruti Suzuki’s AMT unit, the Bolt will also use Magneti Marelli as the vendor for the AMT.
The Zest compact sedan is a Bolt with a larger boot. The Zest will share its turbo petrol engine with the Bolt, along with the AMT. The 1.3 liter Multijet diesel motor will feature a higher state of tune though, with 90 Bhp-200 Nm outputs. The AMT gearbox will be offered on the diesel variant of the Bolt as well, making the car the first diesel automatic compact sedan in India.
The Mahindra Quanto compact SUV with an AMT option was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The compact SUV’s AMT variant will continue to use its 1.5 liter-3 cylinder, twin turbo diesel engine that outputs 98.6 Bhp and 240 Nm. The AMT unit on the Quanto has been sourced from English engineering major Ricardo and the transmission features five speeds. The AMT option on the Quanto is likely to come with two modes – economy and performance. The Quanto is likely to be launched in September 2014.
Tata Nano Twist Active
Tata Motors showcased a Nano equipped with the AMT option at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The Nano with the AMT was called the Twist Active concept and the hatchback featured an open-able hatch lid and an electric power steering in addition to the AMT. Expect all these features to be offered on the new Nano variant that is likely to be launched at the end of this year.
The AMT option on the Nano is a five speed unit while the manual variant features a four speed gearbox. The additional ratio is expected to give the Nano AMT better performance across the rev range. However, the AMT version of the Nano will retain the car’s 623 cc petrol engine that outputs 37 Bhp and 51 Nm. The Nano with the AMT is also expected to get a cosmetic facelift.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
The Alto K10 uses the same 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine as the Celerio. Therefore, the AMT option on the Alto K10 is a straight forward affair. The Alto K10 AMT will be one of the least priced AMT equipped cars in India, next only to the Nano AMT. The Alto K10 is likely to be launched by the end of this year.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
The WagonR tall-boy hatchback is one of the three Maruti Suzuki (Alto K10 and Celerio are the other two) cars to feature the 1 liter, K-Series motor. The WagonR with an AMT option will bolster the car’s appeal as a practical city hatchback built around the theme of convenience and fuel efficiency. The car will be launched in India in the first half of next year.