Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) is finding its way into many cars these days. Even affordable budget cars are equipped with AMTs to give the driver a hassle free driving experience in the city. The AMT gearbox takes away the necessity of a clutch lever, thus reducing the strain in everyday city traffic.
Here is a list of 5 cars that are scheduled to launch with AMTs in India this year.
Maruti Suzuki introduced the AMT in the Celerio first, and is slowly expanding the gearbox throughout its model range. The carmaker is planning to equip its best selling compact sedan in India, the Swift Dzire with AMT and launch it this year.
2. Tata Zica
Next up is the Tata Zica, that is yet to launch. Initially, the Zica will be launched with a manual gearbox only, but later, Tata Motors will mate the Zica's three cylinder engines to an AMT gearbox when demand rises. Tata Motors already offers AMTs on the Nano GenX and the Zest compact sedan.
3. Datsun Redi-Go
Datsun is planning a car based on the same platform as the Renault Kwid, called the Datsun Redi-Go. The hatchback will also share the same 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine as the Kwid, but will also sport an AMT gearbox. Once launched, the Redi-Go will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, and its brother from another carmaker, the Renault Kwid.
4. Renault Kwid
Voted as the 2016 car of the year, the Renault Kwid will sport an AMT very soon. The AMT version of the renault Kwid is expected during the second half of 2016, but the car will be showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. Also, the Kwid will feature a bigger, 1.0-litre engine to compete against the Alto K10.
5. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
With all the carmakers looking to get rid of the clutch pedal by introducing AMTs, Maruti Suzuki is aiming at that as well by contemplating an AMT gearbox for its most successful car, the Alto 800. The carmaker is showcasing the facelift version of the car at the upcoming Auto Expo, which could sport the AMT gearbox. Launch of the Alto 800 AMT however, could be towards mid-2016.