Painted in the new Etna Orange shade, the Tata Nexon AMT (automated manual transmission) made its public debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The AMT version of the subcompact SUV was, previously, said to be launched early this year. However, its launch has now been postponed to mid May, 2018. As per sources, the SUV’s new 6-pseed AMT gearbox still needs to be tuned for achieving better performance.
The carmaker will offer two new features on the Nexon AMT – a Smart Hill Assist and a creep function. While the former helps on steep hills and makes driving easier in stop-and-go traffic, the latter one enables the car to crawl forward in slow moving traffic. Bookings for the vehicle have already been commenced at the dealership level. Read – Upcoming Tata Cars in India
The model displayed at the Auto Expo was the range-topping XZ trim loaded with all comfort and safety features. The vehicle won’t see any design and dimensional change. Similar to the regular manual model, the AMT-equipped version will feature projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED taillamps and 16-inch diamond but alloys. Read – Tata 45X To Challenge Maruti Baleno & Hyundai Elite i20
The AMT version of the compact SUV will come with both petrol and diesel engine options – a 1.2L Revotron and a 1.5L Revotorq. The gasoline unit makes a top power of 108bhp and 170Nm of torque, the oil burner produces 108bhp with 260Nm of torque. It will continue to offer three driving modes – Eco, City and Sport.
In terms of pricing, the Nexon AMT will be around Rs 35,000 – Rs 45,000 more expensive than the standard manual variants. Based on the top-spec trim, it will take on the Ford EcoSport petrol DCT and Mahindra TUV300 AMT. The upcoming Maruti Vitara Brezza automatic will also compete against the AMT-equipped Nexon.
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