Automated Manual Transmissions (AMTs) are suddenly the talk of the town. It’s been less than three years since the Maruti Celerio introduced our country to this technology by becoming the first mainstream product to offer an AMT. Fast forward to 2018 and we already have at least half a dozen popular cars that offer an optional AMT. What’s more, there are a handful of cars that about to jump on the AMT bandwagon. Here, in this post, we take a look at 5 upcoming AMT cars in 2018 –
The Indian subsidiary of Hyundai seems to be planning to launch a new entry-level hatchback to replace the Eon. There have been talks that it will be known as the ‘new Santro’. While the company is yet to confirm this, it has already said that its upcoming small car will offer an AMT. Prices of the next-gen Santro will likely start around Rs 3 lakh and the new tallboy will become the first-ever Hyundai car in India to come with an AMT.
It looks like the launch of the AMT-equipped Nexon is merely days away. There have been talks that the company has already started registering bookings of the upcoming variants. Chances are that the prices of the AMT models will start at Rs 7 lakh. The highlight here is that the AMT option will be available on both Petrol and Diesel engine variants. With this, the Nexon will soon become the only compact-SUV to offer an AMT with both the engine options. The sub-4m SUV will get a 6-speed Automated Manual Transmission that will offer both Creep and Hill Hold features.
The second compact SUV to offer an AMT option on both its fuel variants will be the Mahindra KUV100. Expected to launch by the middle of this year, the KUV100 will get a 5-speed AMT unit. Its prices are likely to start below Rs 5 lakh. With its launch, the KUV100 AMT will become the most affordable car in Mahindra’s lineup to offer an automatic gearshift technology. It may be noted here that the KUV100 has pretty much failed to garner a positive response from the market. The new AMT variants, however, should inject at least some appeal into the slow-selling crossover.
Ford Figo AMT
Ford’s new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine from the Dragon series of motors made its debut on the Figo-based Freestyle crossover. However, this engine will also make it to the upcoming Figo facelift. The new engine outputs 95 bhp and 115 Nm, which makes it the most powerful 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine in its segment. It will come mated to a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. Expect the starting price to be under Rs 6 lakh.
Ford Aspire AMT
Of course, the new engine and the AMT will even make it to the updated Figo-based Aspire compact sedan. The Aspire facelift will feature the same 1.2-litre Dragon-series motor and the same 5-speed AMT. However, it’s likely to offer a beige-black colour theme for the cabin along with a few more features. The company is yet to divulge concrete information on the launch date but we expect the new Figo and the new Aspire to hit the market towards the middle of this year.
So, which of these upcoming AMT cars in 2018 are you waiting for?