Automatic Small car comparison - Maruti Suzuki Celerio Vs Tata Nano F-Tronic

Friday 16 May 2014, 10:36 AM by

The first glimpse of the F-Tronic version of Nano Twist was seen at the February held Auto Expo event in Delhi. The 'Most Affordable' car titled car is now due to be released with Automated Manual Transmission technology, thereby making it a semi-automatic variant. Sometime ago the hatchback has also been spotted being tested on Indian roads. The Celerio hatchback from India's largest car-maker was an instant hit right from the day when it was launched in India. The key factor that made it a grand success is the lucrative price tag for an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technology that came from India's most preferred car-maker. Within two months of the car being launched in the Indian market, it reportedly crossed the 35,000 sales mark.

Automatic Small car comparison - Maruti Suzuki Celerio Vs Tata Nano F-Tronic |
Automatic Small car comparison - Maruti Suzuki Celerio Vs Tata Nano F-Tronic

Magnetic Marelli, the renowned Italian company has developed the AMT unit (Automated Manual Transmission) for Tata Motors new F-Tronic range of cars. The technology is primarily a manual transmission that comes with an automatic clutch. This feature is aimed at providing comfortable in-city driving experience. The current lot of Nano is mated to a four speed gearbox, whereas the new AMT gearbox which will be featured in the Nano Twist F-Tronic is mated to a five speed transmission. This newly developed Automated Manual Transmission could also be seen in the recently introduced Tata cars like the new Bolt hatchback and Zest sedan. As per unconfirmed reports, the car may make it to the Indian roads sometime by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

The Interiors in the upcoming Nano Twist F-Tronic is expected to remain more or less the same like the recently launched Nano Twist. Tata cars have always been known for space, the same lineage is passed on to the F-Tronic as well with ample headroom and legroom for its occupants. Moreover, with the inclusion of Electric Power Assisted Steering, driving around within the city has become more enjoyable. Given the technological developments, Tata Motors seems to aim at shifting gears in the Indian automotive industry with its new F-Tronic range of cars. Post launch, the car can probably be tagged as the most inexpensive automatic car across the globe.

Automatic Small car comparison - Maruti Suzuki Celerio Vs Tata Nano F-Tronic

The Celerio comes with EZDrive technology which is a comfortable replacement of the manual shift. Celerio claims to be highly fuel efficient and delivers an impressive 23.1 kmpl. The Auto Gear Shift system has no manual clutch and thus there are only two pedals. It is based on an electronic control unit which drives the precision hydraulic actuator to control the clutch engagement and the gear shifting. It also ensures that the gear and clutch operations happen at optimal timings. Some of the factors that are responsible for higher efficiency is the optimized compression ratio, reduced frictional losses, low viscosity engine oil, and re-designed valves and springs.

The interiors in the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is said to be intelligently designed to maximize space and comfort. The rear seats get 60:40 split option known as 'XpanDesign' for more luggage space. The cabin space is neat and has a premium feel too it. Moreover, the occupants get ample headroom, legroom and shoulder-room for a comfortable travel. During launch, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, said, “Given the congestion on Indian roads, the demand for auto mode is no brainer. Presently, cars with automatic transmission are less than 5 percent. Celerio will cater to a growing demand for vehicles with automatic gear shift at an affordable price.”

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