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Upcoming AMT (automated manual Transmission) cars in India

With the growing urban population in India almost every major city is facing the problem of traffic jams. And the need of automatic cars is growing rapidly.

Earlier though automatic cars were not so popular in India, the reason for that was the lower fuel economy and high maintenance cost.

But now what’s getting popular in India are the Automated Manual Transmissions (AMT). AMT cars that bring you the best of both the worlds, which is the added convenience of an automatic car without compromising with the greater fuel efficiency of the manual’s. This is due to the fact that an AMT is nothing but a manual transmission where the gear shifts are done through an electro mechanical setup, a microprocessor changes the gears according to the engine rpm at the correct speeds.

Let’s have a look at some of the upcoming AMT Cars in India

Renault Kwid front three quarter

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1.) Renault Kwid AMT

One of the hottest selling hatchbacks of 2015, the kwid is surely to get an AMT version this year. Powering the Kwid is a 54 bhp 800 CC 3-cylinder petrol engine that has an ARAI certified mileage of about 25 Kmpl. The AMT will be named as the Easy – R variant and will be about Rs 30,000 more expensive than the manual.

Expected launch date – Second half of 2016

Expected Price – INR 3 lakh – INR 5 lakh

Renault Lodgy MPV front view

2.) Renault Lodgy AMT

The other car that will get the Easy – R variant in the Renault family is the Lodgy. With the AMT variant Renault is trying to increase its appeal for the family users. The Renault Lodgy is offered with Renault’s 1.5 dCi engine in two outputs – 83 bhp (5-Speed manual) and 108 bhp (6-Speed manual), but the AMT will be offered only with the 108 bhp, 6-Speed gear box. It is expected to cost around Rs 50,000 more than the manual variants

Expected launch date – Second half of 2016

Expected date – INR 10 lakh – INR 12 lakh

Tata Tiago 1

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3.) Tata TIAGO AMT

The recently launched Tata Tiago is expected to get an AMT variant very soon, which will make it a better choice over the Celerio AMT and other rivals. Tata Motors currently offers the AMT gearbox in the Nano and the Zest. The Tiago too will get the same gearbox soon. For the Tiago, the gearbox is expected to be offered in the petrol model first, while the diesel AMT will arrive later making it the only car in the segment to offer a diesel-automatic combination. Looking at the aggressive pricing of the TIAGO manual the AMT too will be aggressively priced and will still be cheaper than the competition.

Expected launch date – Second half of 2016

Expected price – INR 5 – INR 6 lakh

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