Snapshot – After the Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT opened the flood gates for the low cost automatic gearbox option, the Indian car market has already seen two new AMT equipped cars in the forms of the Tata Zest Diesel and the Maruti Alto K10. 2015 will be the big year for the automated manual transmission with a slew of car launched expected to arrive with this gearbox option. CarToq profiles nine upcoming cars that will offer the automated manual transmission as an option.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR StingRay AMT
The StingRay variant of the WagonR has been a tepid seller all along. Maruti Suzuki will be hoping that the addition of an AMT option will infuse a new sting in the car’s tail, making for better sales numbers. The 5 speed automated manual transmission will be combined with the 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine with 67 Bhp-90 Nm outputs. This engine-gearbox combination has already acquitted itself well in multiple cars – the Celerio and the Alto K10. A first half 2015 launch, with a price premium of about 40,000 rupees, over the regular variants of the StingRay are expected for the AMT equipped hatchback.
Mahindra Quanto AMT
The Quanto sum-4 meter compact SUV that seats seven is due for a mid life makeover. The makeover will also herald an AMT option for the vehicle. The transmission has been developed by Ricardo Engineering of the UK, and was displayed in a Quanto at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The facelifted Quanto with the automated transmission is expected to arrive in the second half of 2015. The AMT unit on the compact SUV will have two modes – Economy and Regular.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Diesel AMT
India’s best selling B+ segment hatchback will become more desirable by the end of this year, with the addition of the automated manual transmission on the Fiat Multijet diesel powered engine. The Magneti Marelli sourced AMT was originally designed to work with the Multijet diesel motor. On the Swift Diesel, expect this low cost transmission technology to deliver outstanding fuel economy, even perhaps bettering the manual gearbox’s mileage numbers.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Diesel AMT
The Dzire, which is a compact sedan iteration of the Swift, also shares its diesel engine with the hatchback. After the Swift Diesel goes AMT, the Dzire is expected to follow suit. The Dzire is India’s best selling sedan. With an automated manual transmission option added to the diesel powered variant, the car’s position in the market will become stronger than ever. Maruti Suzuki already offers the Dzire Petrol with a torque converter automatic gearbox option.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga AMT
The Ertiga MPV shares the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine with the Swift and the Dzire, but adds a variable geometry turbocharger into the equation. This addition has pushed up the power and torque outputs of the Multijet motor to 90 Bhp-200 Nm. While a five speed manual gearbox is standard with this engine, Maruti Suzuki is expected to add the AMT option to this MPV by the end of 2015.
Tata Nano AMT
The Nano AMT was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, with the F-TRONIC badge adorning the automatic variant of the world’s least priced car. Due to be launched later this year, the Nano F-TRONIC will seek to be the world’s least priced automatic car, a title currently held by the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT. The addition of the automated manual transmission to the Nano will see an extra cog, as the current, manual gearbox equipped car uses a four speeder.
Tata Bolt Diesel AMT
The Bolt Diesel’s owner’s manual clearly lists out an AMT option. So, it’s only a matter of time before Tata Motors equips its latest hatchback with the automated manual transmission, a feature that is already present on the Zest, a car with which the Bolt shares most of its parts. The Bolt Diesel will go easy on the power and torque outputs though, as the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet motor on the car is tuned to make 75 Bhp-190 Nm.
Renault XBA/A-Entry AMT
Renault is another car brand that is contemplating the usage of AMT technology in its budget cars. The upcoming XBA/A-Entry hatchback is likely to benefit from the automated transmission technology. The car features a triple cylinder, 800cc petrol engine developed in India. The hatchback will be launched later this year, and will be priced below the 4 lakh rupees mark. The XBA will be the least priced Renault car in India, and the world.
Mahindra U301 Bolero AMT
The U301 code-named Mahindra Bolero compact SUV is due for a market launch in India, later this year. The vehicle shares its 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin scroll turbocharger equipped diesel engine with the Quanto, which will soon get an AMT option. This engine sharing means that the AMT option is a straight forward fit on the U301 Bolero. In fact, test mules of the compact SUV have already revealed the existence of such a feature.