List of AMT equipped cars in India
The complete list of clutchless cars of India
In recent years, we have seen a lot of changes which our country has been undergoing through, in each and every aspect of lifestyle and technology. Speaking of automobiles too, we have seen the advent of various new technologies and features which have resulted in a surge in car sales, thus increasing the number of cars on the roads day by day, resulting in a kind of chaos and traffic problems, especially in metropolitan cities.
Due to rising inconvenience caused by poor traffic management, many prospective buyers are shifting towards cars which are offering the convenience of automatic transmissions. This is a result that many budget cars are now offered with automatic transmissions. However, most of these cars are specifically built to a cost factor, which is why most of the car makers are preferring to offer automated manual transmissions over the pricey conventional torque converters and CVTs. Speaking of the automated manual transmissions, these gearboxes facilitate manual gear changes by pressing the clutch pedal at the same time as changing gears with the usage of electronic sensors, pneumatics, processors and actuators. Adding to their popularity is the fact that these gearboxes aren’t too costly over manual counterparts, thus making them quite value for money.
In this story, we are going to throw some light on all the cars in the Indian market which are available with the choice of automated manual transmission, popularly known as AMT. Here we go:-
The Nano began its life in India as not only the country’s cheapest four wheeled car, but of the world as well. Though, in a whole, despite its ‘cheap car’ tag, the Nano isn’t that bad, as it has some very strong credentials in its favor, like its diminutive size being a breeze for city traffic, it is adequately powerful for in-city duties and is pretty fuel efficient and spacious as well. The Nano has improvised itself since its launch almost half a decade ago, with the power steering and now a convenient AMT gearbox being offered in the car.
Compared to the 4-speed manual gearbox on the manual variants of the Nano, the Nano AMT comes equipped with a 5-speed automated manual gearbox, which has better gear ratios and drivability than the 4-speed manual unit. The Nano AMT is being offered in two variants, XMA and XTA, both of which come with a 0.6 liter, two cylinder petrol engine, which produces 38 PS of maximum power, 51 Nm of maximum torque and 21.8 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
There is no hidden fact that how important the Maruti Suzuki Alto brand has become the most significant one for the Indian market. Ever since the departure of Maruti 800 in the history books, the Alto, in its 800cc version, has become the most affordable car from the lineup of Maruti Suzuki in India, which translates to the fact that it has become the highest selling car of the Indian market, taking in its 1000cc version, the Alto K10, as well. Speaking of the latter, the Alto K10 was updated a couple of years ago, which saw the advent of the popular AGS technology, which made its debut on the Celerio.
Speaking of the Alto K10, the car is available with a slightly more premium interiors and a more powerful engine over the regular Alto 800. The Alto K10 is powered by a 1.0 liter, three cylinder, petrol engine, which belts out 68 PS of power and 90 Nm of torque. The top end variant of the Alto K10, VXI, is being offered in both 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT gearbox, for which Maruti Suzuki claims a fuel efficiency figure of 24.07 kmpl.
After the Duster, it is the small yet imposing Kwid which has lifted off its parent company Renault back on the roadmap of important manufacturers in India. One of the most important projects of Renault in recent years globally, the Kwid has emerged out to be the perfect solution for Renault as a fitted challenge to the reign of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai in entry level hatchback segment, as well as a different and fresher choice for consumers, for the car offers many traits and features of a mini SUV, making it look larger and more premium than its competitors.
Originally launched as an 800cc car, the Kwid recently got a 1.0 liter, three cylinder, petrol engine in addition, which produces 68 PS of maximum power and 91 Nm of torque. Like the Alto K10, only the top end variant of the Kwid, the RXT, is available with a choice of both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT gearbox, with the latter squeezing out a fuel efficiency of 25.17 kmpl. Unlike the conventional stick like levers of the AMT gearboxes on other cars, the Kwid AMT offers a rotary style gear knob, which is mounted on the dashboard itself, besides the knobs for the AC controls.
One of the most beloved cars among the masses of India, the WagonR emerged as a perfect solution and choice for upgrading from the good old Maruti 800 for the average common man. Today, existing as a valuable offering being preferred as a no-nonsense car by the first car buyers, the WagonR has been very rewarding for Maruti Suzuki, despite the fact its boxy looks and tall boy stance are no match to the contemporary looking hatchbacks from the rival companies. However, where the WagonR really shines is the loads of space and ease of maintenance, making it a peace-of-mind car.
Speaking of the mechanicals, the WagonR is being offered with a 1.0 liter, three cylinder, petrol engine, which belts out 68 PS of power and 90 Nm of torque. However, recently, the car became even more convenient to drive and own with the 5-speed AMT gearbox borrowed from the Celerio. Offered in the top-spec VXI variant, the WagonR AMT promises a fuel economy figure of 20.51 kmpl.
This is the car which started it all, for the Maruti Suzuki Celerio was the first car in the Indian market to feature an AMT gearbox. Replacing two decent selling cars for Maruti Suzuki, the A-Star and Zen Estilo, was not that easy for the Celerio, however, since its launch, the car is churning out decent enough sales figures for Maruti Suzuki, thus helping it to remain at the top most position in India. Though the Celerio is quite a value for money offering, it doesn’t stand out as a revolutionary product which offers something exceptional. However, the Celerio will always be remembered for bringing in the AMT technology to the Indian shores.
Though the Celerio today is available with both petrol and diesel engines, the AMT gearbox has been on sale only in the petrol version, with the engine being the 1.0 liter, three cylinder, petrol workhorse, which generates out 68 PS of power and 90 Nm of torque. Unlike the other cars which are offered with AMT, each and every variant of the Celerio (three to be precise) is being offered with a choice of both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT gearbox, with the fuel efficiency claim standing at 23.1 kmpl.
Tata had huge hopes from the Zest, as it was this car which was going to replace the decently successful Indigo Manza. A take on the largely popular sub four meter compact sedan, the Zest, till now, has been moderately successful like the car it has replaced. Built on an all new generation platform, the Zest showed some massive leaps which Tata had gone through to improvise the levels of quality and prowess in its cars. But there’s one more fact which makes the Zest one important car for Tata, as it was the first car from Tata Motors to feature an AMT gearbox.
While the Zest comes in both petrol and diesel guises, only the diesel version has been blessed with the AMT gearbox. The engine to which the AMT gearbox has been mated is the tried and tested 1.3 liter, four cylinder, Quadrajet engine, which produces 90 PS of maximum power and 200 Nm of maximum torque, and the gearbox in question here is the F-Tronic 5-speed AMT. Tata claims a fuel efficiency figure of 21.58 kmpl for the Zest AMT, which is available in two variants, XMA and XTA.
Another car which has been really successful and rewarding for Maruti Suzuki in the Indian market, it was the Swift Dzire which redefined the sub four meter sedan category, despite the fact that it was the Tata Indigo CS which actually started this trend of offering hatchback based sub four meter sedans in India. Based on the highly successful Swift, the Swift Dzire has been specifically designed only for the Indian market, a gamble which proved out to be very rewarding for Maruti Suzuki, for the car consistently remain amonf the top three highest selling cars in India every month.
With the last update which Maruti Suzuki launched the Dzire, the company gave another shot to the car, by offering the hugely popular 5-speed AMT from the Celerio. However, this 5-speed AMT is offered only in the diesel version and not in petrol, and that too, only in the top end ZDI trim, whereas the VXI petrol trim does with a conventional 4-speed torque converter. The Swift Dzire ZDI AMT comes fitted with the 1.3 liter four cylinder DDIS diesel engine, which produces 75 PS of maximum power and 190 Nm of maximum torque, the fuel efficiency for which is being claimed at 26.59 kmpl.
After suffering from the heavy loss followed by a big flop in the form of Quanto, its first ever sub four meter SUV, Mahindra learnt some lessons from its failure and launched an all new sub four meter SUV in the form of TUV 300. Touted to be an urban spiritual successor of the legendary Mahindra Bolero, the TUV 300 was the first ever sub four meter SUV and the first ever Mahindra product to be offered with an AMT gearbox, apart from the conventional 5-speed manual gearbox.
Ever since its launch, the TUV 300 is offered with a 1.5 liter, three cylinder, diesel engine, which is available in two states of tune – 84 PS of power and 230 Nm of torque (mHawk 80) as well as 100 PS of power and 240 Nm of torque (mHawk 100). Speaking of the AMT gearbox, the T6+ and top spec T8 variants of the TUV 300 are available with AMT as an option. For the AMT versions, while the T6+ comes with the mHawk 80 engine, the top-spec T8 is being offered with the mHawk 100 engine only.
Mahindra debuted in the sub four meter segment with the chopped off version of the Xylo, the Quanto, which bombed in the Indian market for its poor styling and even poorer driving dynamics. However, Mahindra didn’t wanted the Quanto to die this soon, despite of its failure, which is why it came up with a very comprehensive upgrade of the Quanto and renamed it as Nuvosport. The initial impressions say that the styling as well as driving dynamics has improved from before, but not too much actually.
However, the main talked about aspect of the Nuvosport is that apart from the TUV 300, it is the only sub four meter SUV to offer the convenience of an AMT gearbox. The 1.5 liter, three cylinder, mHawk 100 engine has been shared with the TUV 300, in the same state of tune off course - 100 PS of peak power and 240 Nm of peak torque. Like the TUV 300 AMT, the Nuvosport AMT too is available in two variants, N6 and N8, with the AMT gearbox in question here is a 5-speed AMT unit, that too has been borrowed from the TUV 300.
When the Duster was launched for the first time back in 2011, it took off the market by a storm, for the fact that it was the first ever compact monocoque SUV in the Indian market. The SUV-ish stance in terms of exterior design as well as brilliant ride quality played major role in establishing Duster and making Renault a famous nameplate in the country. However, with the time and arrival of newer competition from rivals, the Duster began to fade away, which forced Renault to come up with a substantial facelift of the Duster. Though the Duster now comes with an upmarket styling and interiors, the biggest inclusion, however, comes in the form of an AMT gearbox.
The Duster is being offered with one petrol and one diesel engine, with the latter engine, a 1.5 liter, four cylinder, diesel oil burner, available in two states of tune – 85 PS of maximum power and 110 PS of maximum power. Talking about the Duster AMT, the 6-speed AMT gearbox is offered only in the 110 PS diesel FWD version, and that too in two variants – the RXL and the top-end RXZ.
Launched as a result of the risky practice of badge engineering in the Indian market, the Nissan Terrano, as we all know, is a badge engineered version of the Renault Duster. However, unlike the bonds of Pulse-Micra and Scala-Sunny which Renault and Nissan share, the Terrano has more comprehensive styling differences in and out over Duster, making it look slightly more premium, especially from outside. However, the unjustified high price tag over Duster, even after lacking in some major features such as steering mounted audio controls, auto climate control and touchscreen music system which are there on the lesser priced Duster, deteriorate the value for money factor of Terrano.
However, to infuse some appeal, Nissan has equipped the Terrano with an all new AMT variant. Like the Duster, the Terrano too is available in one petrol and one diesel engine, with the latter 1.5 liter, four cylinder, diesel oil burner available in two states of tune – 85 PS of maximum power and 110 PS of maximum power, with the AMT being there only in the 110 PS version. However, unlike the Duster, there is only one variant of Terrano with AMT, the top-end XV Premium, which shares the 6-speed AMT too with the Duster, like the powertrain options.