Given the way our market has carved out, there is only a handful of diesel powered, automatic gearbox equipped vehicles in the country. Even though there are fewer diesel automatics available in India in comparison to their petrol counterparts, the added fuel efficiency of diesel and the slightly better driveability (due to abundance of torque) help their case even further. We look at ten affordable vehicles under Rs 15 lakhs that can be bought in a diesel automatic avatar:
Price: Rs 7.33 lakh
The Zest is one of Tata’s modern products that not just look well, but offer better fit and finish. It also happens to be the least expensive vehicle that’s offered as a diesel automatic. It is powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine, and since the gearbox is an AMT unit, the vehicle is quite frugal as well.
Maruti Suzuki DZire
Price: Rs 8.39 lakh
The DZire might be the top-selling compact sedan, but the inclusion of a diesel automatic in the range is going to widen the vehicle’s appeal. Available only on the top-spec ZDi variant, the AMT gearbox, like the Zest’s, doesn’t hamper the fuel economy but offers the ease of use of an automatic. Powering the car is again a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre unit.
Price: Rs 8.6 lakh
The TUV300 is the least expensive SUV/compact SUV that is on sale as a diesel automatic. Powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine that makes 81 hp and 230 Nm, the TUV300 also boasts one of the best cabins ever flaunted by a Mahindra. The butch, square looks add to the appeal, while the AMT makes it more driveable in stop-go traffic, too.
Price: Rs 11.06 lakh
Sharing its platform with the Volkswagen Vento, the Rapid is also available with a diesel automatic version. The car uses a new 1.5-litre diesel engine that makes 104 hp and 250 Nm, which comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. It’s slightly less expensive in comparison to the Vento but gets a different-looking front-end.
Price: Rs 11.12 lakh
While the Rapid retains the Fabia-like front-end, the Vento has seen a multitude of changes over the period. The latest upgrade that came last year, has given it a more mature yet fresher look. Mechanically the diesel automatic is identical to the above-mentioned Rapid.
Price: Rs 12.4 lakh (approx)
Before the arrival of Vento and Rapid automatic, the Hyundai’s midsize sedan enjoyed monopoly in the segment. For 2016, the vehicle is reported to have been updated, with the re-launch of the SX(O) trim. Like on the Creta, the diesel automatic (it’s a conventional automatic gearbox mated to the 1.6-litre diesel engine) is likely to be available only on the top-spec SX(O) trim.
Mahindra Scorpio AT
Price: Rs 13.28 lakh
Mahindra offers the newish – it’s been a year and a half since the vehicle’s introduction – Scorpio in an automatic avatar too. The version was brought out in 2015 and uses a Bosch-sourced gearbox. Powering the vehicle is a 2.2-litre diesel engine, and it can also be specified with the AWD version. The gearbox is likely to be swapped for an Aisin-made 6-speed unit, which is also present in the Ssangyong Tivoli and the Mahindra XUV500.
Price: Rs 13.8 lakh
The Creta might have successfully created a stir in the segment, and now enjoys about 7,000 sales every month. It was the first vehicle in the compact SUV segment to be offered as a diesel automatic, and the option is available only on the topmost SX trim. It also uses a 1.6-litre engine that makes 126 hp and 265 Nm of torque.
Price: Rs 15.53 lakh
The XUV500 was also introduced with an automatic gearbox last year. The vehicle is powered by a 2.2-litre engine that makes slightly more power (140 hp and 330 Nm) than the same unit in the Scorpio (120 hp and 280 Nm). Like the Scorpio, the XUV500 is also available with an AWD diesel automatic variant.
And the upcoming ones:
Expected Price: Rs 12 lakh
The Duster is currently waiting for a facelift, but that’s not going to be the only update given to the vehicle. Likely to debut at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Duster facelift will also get an optional AMT gearbox on the 1.5-litre diesel engine in the more powerful 110 PS spec. The inclusion will of course help the vehicle battle it out with the Creta that has been eating its sales all this while.
Expected Price: Rs 17 lakh
The upcoming Tata Hexa isn’t going to revamp Tata’s presence in the premium segment, but could also get added features like a Terrain Management System, as revealed in a recent spy shot. The new rugged-looking yet styling exterior aside, the vehicle also gets a much improved interior (in comparison to Tatas of the past), and a 156 hp and 400 Nm producing diesel engine. While a six-speed manual gearbox will be standard, a GM-sourced automatic unit is also likely to be offered as an option.