The auto industry this year has seen many significant announcements making 2017 a fruitful year. Some more are expected to come as we enter 2018. Further, the industry welcomed a handful of new technologies in the cars as the automated manual transmission (AMT) continues to hold sway.
2017 was the year the industry welcomed many new AMT models. Here is a list of the AMT models that came to the market ranging from Tata Tiago AMT, Tigor AMT to Maruti Suzuki CelerioX AMT.
Tata Tiago AMT
After launching the Tiago hatchback in April 2016, Tata Motors launched AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) equipped Tiago in March this year. Originally launched only in top spec XZA variant, the Automated Manual Transmission unit equipped Tiago variant is offered with the 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine.
Buoyed by the response, Tata Motors launched a more affordable automatic variant for the Tiago range. The hatchback is now also offered in XTA AMT variant. Tata Motors calls the five-speed unit AMT transmission Easy-Shift AMT. The transmission comes with four gear positions – Automatic, Neutral, Reverse and Manual. The AMT is also offered in two drive modes– Sports and City. The Tiago AMT comes with an in-built 'creep' feature. The system allows the car to crawl forward when you lift brake pedal without acceleration. It also prevents the car from rolling back when it starts from an inclined position.
Tata Tigor AMT
Tata Motors also introduced AMT in its compact sedan, Tigor, in India. The Tigor AMT, available in the top-specs -- XTA and XZA -- has been priced at Rs 5.75 lakh and Rs 6.22 lakh, respectively (prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Tigor AMT is otherwise just the same as the regular Tigor in its style and features, except the addition of the AMT box. Tigor also uses the same AMT box of Tiago sourced from Magneti Marelli. The Tigor AMT is available only in the petrol variant.
Maruti Suzuki CelerioX AMT
Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest carmaker launched its new cross-hatch in India this year. Dubbed as CelerioX, the new model based on the Celerio hatchback of the company is priced starting at Rs 4.57 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The all-new CelerioX offers auto gear shift (AMT) option in all its variants. Under the hood, the CelerioX gets power from the same 998cc, K-series petrol engine of the hatchback that produces 67hp of power and 90Nm of torque.
CelerioX sports an aerodynamic design and features X-theme based graphic around the grille in front. It gets cladding on side body, rear bumper and skid plate on the rear. The grille, fog garnish, claddings, roof garnish and interiors get high gloss black toppings and there is also blacked out B-pillar in the overall package.