Datsun Redi-Go AMT
Datsun has earned positive response with Redi-Go tallboy hatchback since it was launched in the Indian market in 2016. The compact design of the small hatchback, decent space inside the cabin, decent power and torque output, practically and affordability have helped it to become an interesting choice for the customer who commutes in and around city regularly. Currently available with a manual gearbox, the Datsun Redi-Go is ready to come with a new engine and an AMT.
The Datsun Redi-Go is presently available with a 0.8-litre SCe petrol engine that does duty in the Renault Kwid. Interestingly, the Redi-Go is based on the Renault Kwid platform. The Datsun hatchback is ready to receive a 1.0-litre SCe petrol engine that is available in the upper variants of the Kwid. The AMT gearbox will come paired with this 1.0-litre engine only.
As the 0.8-litre SCe petrol engine in the Redi-Go churns out same power and torque output like the Renault Kwid, the 1.0-litre engine with AMT too is expected to generate same power and torque output as the Kwid 1.0L. The Renault Kwid 1.0-litre variant with AMT gearbox is capable of churning out 67 bhp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 91 Nm of peak torque at 4,250 rpm. It returns 24.04 kmpl of fuel efficiency and expect the Datsun Redi-Go 1.0L AMT too to deliver same fuel efficiency.
In terms of design, the Datsun Redi-Go AMT will come same as the current 0.8-litre variant. It will arrive with the same compact and practical design. Up front, it will get sharp headlamps and hexagonal black mesh incorporating front grille with chrome garnished frame. The front bumper will come sculpted looking and muscular and incorporating horizontal LED strips in place of fog lamps acting as daytime running lights.
At the side profile, it gets blackened glass area and a taller appearance. The muscular lower body will be visible in the 1.0L Redi-Go as well, while the rear profile will come incorporating vertical taillights and a chunky bumper. Inside the cabin, we can expect the Datsun hatchback to introduce a touchscreen infotainment system just like the top variants of Kwid. This will certainly enhance the appeal of the car, while the competitive and affordable pricing will make it a very desirable car to many customers.
Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: Rs. 4 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Tata Tigor AMT
Tata Tigor is the latest model from the homegrown automaker and this car has earned respect and appreciation from the automotive community, with its exciting design, attractive and upmarket features and efficient powertrain. Despite being a compact sedan, Tata Motors has touted it as a styleback. Initially, Tata has launched this car with manual gearbox only and an AMT version is on the card, which is expected to arrive soon.
Interesting fact is that, the Tigor will get the Magneti Marelli AMT with petrol engine, which makes more sense given the fact that post dieselban arguements, petrol cars are becoming more popular than the diesel ones in the Indian market. The Tata Tigor petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre Revotron engine that is capable of churning out 84 bhp of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm.
Expect the engine to pump out same power and torque output with the AMT gearbox, while the fuel efficiency will be similar to the Tiago petrol AMT, which returns 23.84 kmpl. Along with the convenience and comfort of dual-pedal technology, this impressive fuel efficiency will surely grab attention of the customers and with the introduction of AMT gearbox, the Tigor petrol will become more appealing. An interesting feature of the Tata Tigor AMT is going to be the ‘Sports’ mode, which will give the drivers a sporty performance feel.
The design of the Tigor AMT will remain same as the current model. Tigor’s main attraction is the design, which is something new in the Indian market. Up front, the compact sedan appears similar to the Tiago hatchback, but the distinctiveness is also visible. The headlamps get a smoked look with the blackened edges, while the smiling pattern front grille comes wearing a black look and honeycomb mesh. The front bumper appears crafted looking with a horizontal slat and chrome finished fog lamps.
At the side profile, the car gets sharp character lines, sporty alloy wheels. The rear gets a fastback appearance, a roof spoiler along with high mounted horizontal LED strip in form of a stop lamp, compact wraparound taillights and a crafted looking bumper as well. Inside the cabin, it gets a multi-function steering wheel, Harman developed touchscreen infotainment system with 8-speaker audio system. In terms of space and comfort, the Tigor AMT will come identical to the current model.
Expected Launch: Mid 2017
Expected Price: Rs. 7 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Tata Nexon AMT
Tata Nexon is the next big launch awaited from the homegrown automaker. Showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, the Nexon caught attention of the visitors and earned praise also. It comes designed following the auto manufacturer’s latest IMPACT design language and the car has been built focusing the global market alongside the domestic market. Being positioned against tough rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, the Tata Nexon will come featuring an AMT gearbox alongside the manual unit.
Tata Nexon test mules have been spied several times on Indian roads and the launch is expected during festive season this year. Upon arrival, this compact SUV will be the most powerful one in the own segment in the country, thanks to its 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and it will churn out power output between 105 bhp and 110 bhp, while the torque output is going to be 170 Nm.
On the diesel front, the 1.5-litre engine will be able to pump out 108 bhp of peak power and 260 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duty will be done by a 6-speed manual gearbox and there will be an AMT as well. Expect the petrol and diesel powered Tata Nexon to return 18 kmpl and 23 kmpl of fuel efficiency respectively. The AMT will help this car to deliver the convenience and comfort of dual-pedal technology, while the fuel efficiency won’t drop as well.
Speaking about the design, the Tata Nexon bears a very appealing design incorporating a flowing theme. Up front, the compact SUV gets projector headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, a smiling pattern front grille with honeycomb mesh and chrome trim highlighting the frame. The front bumper appears muscular and chunky with chrome trim around the higher positioned fog lamp housing, a large air intake and a skid plate as well.
The side profile gets sporty alloy wheels, higher ground clearance, turn indicator integrated ORVMs and black cladding. It could come wearing a dual-tone paint scheme that will certainly enhance its visual appeal. Rear of the car will come sporting a roof spoiler, wraparound taillights and a muscular bumper. Inside the cabin, Tata Nexon will feature a suave stylish look and upmarket features offering the occupants best possible comfort and convenience.
Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: Rs. 6.50 lakh – Rs. 10.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Mahindra KUV100 AMT
Mahindra is truly exploring the possibility of rolling out different types of vehicles in the Indian market. KUV100 is an exciting product from the brand that comes with interesting design, decent powertrain, and clever space management inside the cabin. In January 2017, Mahindra launched the Anniversary Edition of the KUV100 in India and currently, the car manufacturer is working on an AMT version of the micro SUV that is expected to launch during festive season this year.
Currently, the Mahindra KUV100 comes available in both petrol and diesel engine options with 5-speed manual gearbox on offer on both fronts. The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre mFalcon G80 unit that is capable of churning out 82 bhp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. The diesel powered model on the other hand comes with a 1.2-litre mFalcon D75 engine under the hood that is capable of kicking out 77 bhp of peak power at 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,250 rpm.
The AMT gearbox would be introduced to both the petrol and diesel models and this way, the micro SUV will certainly become more appealing. Also, Mahindra will be able to take the game up for this car with the AMT gearbox, as it will provide the drivers convenience and comfortable driving experience of dual-pedal technology and that too, without comprising the fuel efficiency of the cars. No wonder, in our highly congested roads, the AMT gearbox is something every driver wishes to have in his or her car.
In terms of design, the Mahindra KUV100 is truly something unique. It looks compact and bold with the unique design. Mahindra’s expertise and experience of making SUVs have helped the brand to produce this car that provides the compactness and space management of hatchback, while the comfort and feeling of SUV is also undeniable. The thick body cladding gives it a tough crossover appearance.
Interior of the Mahindra KUV100 truly reflects the design expertise of the automaker. Up front, there are provisions for three occupants including the driver, thanks to the foldable front arm rest that can be used as the centre seat back rest and the design of the gear shifter console, which has been positioned upward at the centre console, making room for the center passenger. This way, the 5-seater vehicle can afford six occupants without congestion.
Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: Rs. 7 lakh – Rs. 8 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Hyundai EON Superior AMT
Hyundai is preparing to launch the Eon facelift to take the entry level hatchback’s game up against tough rivalry. While the significant design change is going to be an important part of the Hyundai Eon facelift, the AMT gearbox will be the next big thing from the hatchback. The South Korean auto major has already cleared its intention to introduce the dual-pedal technology across its entire range by 2020 and offering AMT gearbox with the Hyundai Eon is just a part of that strategy.
The Hyundai is available in two different petrol engine options that include a 0.8-litre unit and a 1.0-luitre unit as well. The 814 cc SOHC engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and it kicks out 55 bhp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 75 Nm of peak torque 4,000 rpm and it delivers 21.1 kmpl of fuel efficiency. On the other hand, the 1.0-litre Kappa petrol engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and it churns out 68 bhp of peak power at 6,200 rpm and 94 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm.
The AMT gearbox is expected to be available only on the 1.0-litre variant and it would generate same power and torque output. Also, the fuel efficiency would remain unchanged, as the current 1.0L model returns 20.3 kmpl. This way, the Hyundai Eon will be able to challenge the Renault Kwid AMT and the upcoming Datsun Redi-Go AMT as well. So far, with the introduction of AMT gearbox, the car will become more appealing for the entry level customers.
Speaking about the design, the Hyundai Eon facelift would receive a new large and modern front grille in line of the Korean auto major’s latest models. Also, the headlamps could come with revised appearance incorporating LED daytime running lights. An updated front bumper is also on card, while at the side profile, it would get new design alloy wheels and chrome finished door handles. Rear fascia of the hatchback is likely to come with subtle changes.
Inside the cabin too, the Hyundai Eon facelift will arrive with more upmarket appearance thanks to a revised design and new features. It would come with a refreshed multi-function steering wheel, updated instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system at the centre console. The seat and upholstery materials are likely to come of improved quality, but space inside the cabin would remain identical as dimensional changes are unlikely.
Expected Launch: 2018
Expected Price: Rs. 5 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift AMT
Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most popular and bestselling hatchbacks in the country and globally. Now, the Indo-Japanese automaker is gearing to launch the new generation Swift in the country that is likely to arrive in the country sometime during mid 2018. The new generation Swift is aesthetically much more stylish compared to the current model. It appears sportier and more modern as well.
Another very interesting feature of the next-generation model is going to be the Magneti Marelli sourced AMT gearbox. This is the same AMT that does duty in the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire compact sedan. In the sub-four meter compact sedan, the AMT or AGS, as the automaker dubs it, is available with diesel engine. Speaking about the Swift hatchback, it would arrive with similar set up like the AMT paired with diesel engine.
The biggest benefit of the AMT or AGS is that this gearbox delivers the convenience and comfortable driving experience of the dual-pedal technology, but doesn’t drink fuel like the pure automatic gearbox. This way, the AMT offers value for money. However, the Swift AMT would come powered by the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine that is capable of churning out 74 bhp of peak power and 190 Nm of peak torque.
In terms of design, the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift will come pretty interesting compared to the current model. It will get a completely new front fascia thanks to sharper and new headlamps with projector units and integrated LED daytime running lights, a new larger black hexagonal front grille and updated front bumper. At the side profile, the hatchback appears with sporty alloy wheels, sharper character lines, turn indicator integrated ORVMs. The biggest change is going to be the C pillar. It gets a blackened look delivering a fully floating appearance, while the rear passenger door handle is relocated to the C pillar’s blackened part delivering a hidden look.
Rear too comes with revised taillights, an integrated roof spoiler and an updated bumper. Inside the cabin, this hatchback will come sporting new steering wheel, updated dual-pod instrument cluster with analog dials and a digital MID and there will be a touchscreen infotainment system at the centre console with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The seat and upholstery materials will come of improved quality, while the space on offer is expected to be much better than the current model thanks to the updated dimension of the hatchback.
Expected Launch: Mid 2018
Expected Price: Rs. 5.10 lakh – Rs. 8.10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)