Tata Nexon AMT offers multiple drive modes, manual tiptronic function, small hill assist, wearable PEPS key and crawl function among other technologies
Tata Motors are having a strong growth curve ever since the Impact design philosophy based vehicles like Tiago, Tigor, Hexa and Nexon stepped into the domestic market. With Tiago leading the sales volume, the Nexon has quickly risen to fame and over 25,000 units have been rolled out of the production lines already.
The subcompact SUV is currently averaging 4,000 units of average monthly sales and has notable first-in-class features to boast about including the multiple drive modes. However, the potential in the segment can be leveraged as Maruti Suzuki racks in 10,000 deliveries of Vitara Brezza every month.
The Mumbai-headquartered brand introduced Aero kit for Nexon before the arrival of XZ variant that slotted between the XT and range-topping XZ+ to appeal for more customers. The significant next step is addressing buyers seeking an AMT compact SUV. Tata Motors have officially commenced bookings of what they call ‘Nexon with HyprDrive Self-Shift Gears (S-GS)’.
With pre-orders taken for Rs. 11,000, the Tata Nexon AMT is the first automated manual transmission equipped vehicle to have multiple driving modes – Eco, City and Sport. Tata Motors have also stated that the vehicles incorporating AMT two-pedal technology will be signified as HyprDrive and the AMT variants will be termed Self-Shift Gears (S-SG).
The AMT version of the Nexon will be available in 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol and 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engine options to provide a variety of buying choice to the consumers. To differentiate the AMT from the regular variants, Tata Motors have presented a new Etna Orange body colour with Sonic Silver two-tone roof.
Moreover, the Crawl Function is claimed to provide convenience during slow moving traffic by assisting the car to move ahead without the dab of the right foot. The Smart Hill Assist is to prevent the rolling back while tackling uphill sections and the “intelligent transmission controller” comprises of functions like fast-off, kick down and anti stall.
Using the Manual Tiptronic function, drivers can shift gears manually when they prefer and the Wearable PEPS Key allows you to strap on Nexon’s keys through a wrist band. With an official launch soon, we expect Tata to price the AMT variants reasonably well and considering the new technologies on offer, they could cost around Rs. 40-50,000 dearer than the MT versions.