Traffic in the cities these days is increasingly picking up and driving a manual transmission car can be taxing and tiresome. This is leading to the popularity of automatic transmission vehicles, AMTs. In general, hatchbacks are easier to drive and get around the city. Although, in the recent past, the liking towards SUVs in the Indian market has picked up tremendously – especially compact SUVs. They are sought after for their heavier build which adds to the safety quotient and also the increased seating capacity and off-roading ability. It is a known fact that SUVs are gas guzzlers in comparison to other cars, but in turn, they provide power, style and seating capacity which makes up and proves to be a favorite among customers. And SUVs with an automatic gearbox provide effortless driving which makes them all the more greater to drive!
Let’s take a look at some SUVs in the Indian market which are affordable and have an AMT:
In the Ecosport, the automatic transmission is available only with a petrol engine powered by a 1.5L Ti-VCT engine. It comes with many features like LED DRLs, push button start, ABS, rear parking sensors, ESP, SYNC infotainment system, six airbags, and hill hold. The Ecosport is priced at INR 9.61 lakhs and is also one of the cheaper SUVs in the segment.
A popular choice among customers for the fact that the car provides easy drivability, the Hyundai Creta automatic is based on the diesel version of the car. It is available in the SX+ grade and is priced at INR 14.38 lakhs. Soon, Hyundai has plans to launch a cheaper version as this is on the higher side.
The TUV300 is a new Mahindra SUV that comes with an AMT option. This 5-speed automatic transmission is linked to a 1.5L 3-cylinder mHawk diesel engine which produces 84PS and a torque of 230Nm. This car can be chosen in two variants T6+ which is INR 9.02 lakhs and the T8 which is INR 9.64 lakhs.
A recent launch, Mahindra Nuvosport, has been added to the list. This is one of the first few vehicles offered by the Indian auto company to come with an automatic transmission. It is available in two options – N6 and N8 and these variants employ a 5-speed automatic transmission which is linked to a 1.5L 3-cylinder mHawk diesel engine which produces 100PS of power and a torque of 240Nm. The N6 is priced at INR 9 lakhs and the N8 is INR 9.76 lakhs. This is also one of the cheaper SUVs in the market.
One of the first affordable SUVs in the Indian market which appealed to the masses was the Scorpio and now it is made available in a diesel automatic version. This 6-speed AMT is linked to a 2.2L mHawk four-cylinder diesel engine which produces 120bhp and a torque of 280Nm. This vehicle is priced at INR 13 lakhs for the 2WD (two-wheel drive) and the 4WD (four wheel drive) is priced at INR 14 lakh.
The facelift version of the Duster is a new entry in the automatic segment which features the Easy-R AMT gearbox. This car is available in two variants – RxL priced at INR 11.66 lakhs and RxT priced at INR 12.86 lakhs. This come in a diesel variant with a 2-wheel drive and is powered by a 1 1.5L 110PS engine.
Effortless driving and maneuvering
For a hassle-free, stress-free driving experience amidst teeming traffic, your answer is the Automatic transmission vehicle. The frequent negotiation between clutch and brakes can be history, because AMT cars and SUVs are here to deliver a driving experience you will cherish and enjoy!
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