Hyundai Grand i10 and Eon to get AMT from ZF Sachs
The AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) technology made national headlines when it first made its debut on the Maruti Celerio. Since then the AMT craze has grown in leaps and bounds with the Celerio registering a 4 month waiting period for its AMT variant.
Now a little birdie tells us that Hyundai and Renault will be joining the AMT bandwagon. The technology this time around will be sourced from ZF Sachs instead of Italian component manufacturer Magnetti Marelli which supplies its units to Maruti and Tata. The first car from the Korean car maker`s stable to feature the AMT gearbox will be the Grand i10 which will be followed by the next generation Eon. French car manufacturer, Renault, is likely to showcase it on its upcoming new small car the XBA.
AMT technology is quite outdated but, what`s helping it make headlines is the low cost and ease of use. Hence carmakers are able to price the AMT equipped cars quite competitively. Take the case of Maruti Celerio VXi AMT which costs around Rs 30,000 more than the manual Zxi variant. The price difference is not much when you compare it to a traditional torque convertor which is way more expensive than the AMT. Unlike a traditional automatic gearbox, the AMT unit uses actuators through which the manual gearbox is controlled.
The market for AMT equipped cars is going to get much bigger with more auto manufacturers likely to offer this technology on their cars. The AMT has its own set of drawbacks like jerky gear shifts and non-linear power delivery, but it will put a smile on your face with its fuel efficiency, which is more than the CVT`s / Traditional automatics.
Currently the Maruti Celerio and Tata Bolt (diesel) are equipped with the AMT gearboxes. If you’re not aware, Hyundai already offers the Grand i10 and Xcent with an automatic transmission and this news really comes as a surprise. The only reason why Hyundai would want to offer this tech is to become more competitive in the Indian market. The next big launch in the Indian market, the GenX Nano will also feature the Auto Gear Shift.