There has been a quick rise in the popularity of AMT cars in India , much of it , seems to be due to the needs of urban working women professionals as well the frequent jams that metro's face where one has to put one leg continuously on clutch and keep shifting gears.An AMT (= automated manual transmission) technology is based on an electronic control unit which ensures that gear and clutch operations happen at optimal timing or in other words, Gear Shift is completed automatically. In our country, the AMT technology is new, nevertheless, it is widely available in China and Brazil and in some European countries also. It is true that cars with automatic transmissions are expensive notwithstanding, it is gaining popularity in the country.

The simple reason behind it, AMT is more fuel efficient  and more reliable than regular manual transmission. Moreover, Auto gear shift also prevents a vehicle from stalling. Because, an on board computer selects the right gear even during the manual drive mode and keeps the engine running. 

Checkout some best small cars in India equipped with AMT

Celario AMT by Maruti India


The Celario AMT was among the first small cars with an Automated Manual Transmission that was introduced by the country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki. Needless to say, the AMT variant of the Celario was well received by domestic customers.

The price of the vehicle ranges between Rs 4.14 lakh and Rs 5.06 lakh. The price is ex-showroom, Delhi. The Maruti Suzuki Celario AMT gives ARAI Certified mileage of 23.1 km/ litre

This compact hatchback comes with comfortable interior with large head and leg space. In addition, the vehicle is equipped with a number of features like premium quality fabric seats, a quality audio system with 4 speakers with Bluetooth, dual tone upholstery, cup holder, bottle holder, magazine pocket, three spoke steering wheel with tilt function and so on.

The Maruti Suzuki Celario AMT is powered by a compact 3-cylinder, 998 cc and 12 valve 1 liter K-series motor engine which has a max power output of 67.06 bhp at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3500 rpm. Besides, the vehicle has a fuel tank capacity of 35 liters.

On the safety front, the 5-seater vehicle is fitted with ventilated disc brakes and traditional drum brakes for the rear wheels. Its other safety features include Child safety locks, Driver's side Airbag, Door Ajar warning, Central Locking, Rear windscreen wiper and washer, Engine immobilizer and so on.

The dimension of the Maruti Suzuki Celario AMT is 3600 x 1600 x 1560 mm with a ground clearance of 165 mm. The gross weight of this compact hatchback is 1250 kg.

Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Stingray AMT versions

Wagon R AMT Version

Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Stingray come with a starting prices of 4.76 lakh and 4.98 lakh respectively. The prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. In point of fact, WagonR is the third brand from the Maruti Suzuki portfolio to get the AMT technology, after Maruti Celerio and Alto K10.

These AMT-equipped cars are powered by 1.0-litre 3-cylinder K-Series petrol engine which churns out a power of 67bhp and 90Nm torque. The Maruti Suzuki WagonR AMT and Stingray AMT offer an ARAI-certified fuel economy of as much as 20.51 kmpl.

In terms of safety, the Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Stingray is equipped with dual front airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), front as well as rear ELR seat belts, headlights with leveling device, engine immobilizer, crash sensor and child safety locks. And, other significant features of the vehicles include Rear power windows, AC vents, CD/ MP3 music player with Bluetooth and AUX-In support and so on.

Tata Zest AMT

AMT Version of Tata Zest

Tata Motors entered the field of AMT with the Zest. The price of Tata Zest ranges from Rs 4.88 Lakh to Rs 8.13 Lakh. The price is ex-showroom, Delhi. The Tata Zest is available in six colour variants- Platinum Silver, Pristine White, Buzz Blue, Done Beige, Vanetian Red and Sky Grey.

The Tata Zest is available in two engine options: in fact, this compact sedan is the country's first vehicle which is equipped with 1.2 litre turbocharged MPFi petrol engine, the powerful Revotron 1.2T delivers power and torque of 90PS and 140 Nm between 1750-3500 RPM respectively. Whereas, the Tata Zest AMT Diesel comes powered with 1.3 Litre with 90 PS Power with Peak Torque of 200 NM at 1750 RPM.

The Petrol Variant gives mileage of 16 kmpl while Automatic Transmission Diesel Variant gives mileage of 21 kmpl. The mileage is ARAI certified. This compact sedan has a fuel capacity of 44 litres.

The Tata Zest comes with a number of features like ABS with EBD, Music System with Aux USB and Bluetooth Connectivity, Fog Lights in both Front and Rear, Remote Central Lock with Foldable Key, Signature LED Tail Lights, Dual Tone Interiors,  AC with Heater, Electric Power Steering with Tilt Steering, Body Colored Door Handles and ORVM, Turn Indicators on ORVM, Speed Dependent Auto Door Lock, Speed Sensitive Volume Control, Fabric Seat with insert on Door Trim, Chrome Finish in Front Grille, All 4 Power Window, Smart Warning Indicators, MID Information Display, Outside Temperature Display, Steering Mounted Audio Control, 15 Inch Steel Wheel and Projector Headlights.

Renault Kwid AMT

Renault Kwid AMT

Renault Kwid, which was launched in September, 2015 will now come in a 1-litre petrol engine variant equipped with AMT. The AMT variant of the Renault Kwid will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in February.

Tata Nano GenX with Automated Manual Transmission

Tata Nano GenX AMT Car

The Tata Nano now comes with an automated manual transmission. This AMT has been priced at Rs 3 lakh. The price is ex-showroom, Mumbai.  

The vehicle is powered by 2cyl, 624cc, RWD engine that produces 37bhp @ 5500rpm, 51Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The AMT runs close to 21.9 kilometres to a litre of petrol. The fuel tank capacity of the vehicle is 24 litres.

The Tata Nano GenX with Automated Manual Transmission is equipped with front fog lamps, keyless entry, Bluetooth and rear speakers with the audio system.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT

Alto AMT K10 version

The ex-showroom price of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT is Rs. 4.02 lakhs. This Hatchback is powered by 1 Litre K Series Engine which peak power output is 68 PS and Torque at 90 NM. The vehicle comes with a decent fuel efficiency of 24.07 Kmpl. Besides, it has potential to cover from 0 to 60 Km Speed in little less than 5.5 seconds.

The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT is available in Tango Orange, Cerulean Blue, Fire Brick Red, Silky Silver, Granite Grey and White colour variants and the dimensions of the vehicle are 3545 x 1490 x 1475 mm while its wheelbase is 2360 mm and ground clearance is 160 mm.

In terms of safety, the hatchback is equipped with Child Proof Rear Door Locks, High Mounted Stop Light, Front Disc brakes and internally adjustable wing mirrors. The other significant features of the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT include Gear Shift Digital Display, Electric Power Steering, Front Door Power Window, Manual Central Lock, Piano Black Finish on Center Console, Digital Clock, Parcel Tray, Chrome Finish in Front Grill, Silver Accent on Steering Wheel and Cabin Door Handles, Silver Accent on Instrument Cluster and Door Trim, AC with Heater, Full Wheel Cover, Smart Key Off and Headlight On Reminder Buzzer.

Hyundai Grand i10 Automatic

 Grand i10 Automatic Tramission Version

The Hyundai Grand i10 Automatic comes with a price tag of Rs. 640682. The vehicle comes in Silky Beige, Pure White, Phantom Black, Stardust Grey, Twilight Blue, Wine Red, Sleek Silver and Flagship Golden Orange colour variants.

The Hyundai Grand i10 Automatic is equipped with 4-speed conventional automatic gearbox and is powered by 1.2 Litre Kappa VTVT petrol engine which  produces 83PS of peak power with torque of 113 NM. The automatic version of the Hyundai Grand i10 offers a mileage of 16.7 kmpl that is ARAI-certified. Besides, the fuel tank capacity of the vehicle is 43 litre. The dimensions of the Hyundai Grand i10 Automatic are 3765 x 1660 x 1520 mm while ground clearance is 165 mm and boot space is 252 litre.

The Hyundai Grand i10 Automatic is equipped a number of features such as Push Button Ignition, Bluetooth Connectivity, Reverse Parking Sensors, AC with Heater with Rear Seat Vents, Body Coloured Door Mirrors and Door Handles, Power Steering with Tilt, Power Window, 14 Inch Alloys, Remote Central Lock, Dual Tone Interiors, Rear Parcel Tray, Blue Interior Illumination, Electric Foldable ORVM with Turn Indicators, Roof Rails, Metal Finish on Cabin Door Handles, Rear Washer and Wiper, Adjustable Rear Seat Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, Cooled Glove Box, Front Fog Lights, 2 Din CD Player with USB and Aux, Chrome Finish Package, Defogger, Rear Spoiler, Wheel Cover, Body Line Moulding, Multi Information Display Odometer and Several Warning Indicators.