Tata Altroz DCT Automatic Launched At Rs 8.10 Lakh
Tata Motors has finally released the much-anticipated Altroz DCT in India, with prices starting at Rs 8.10 lakh and rising to Rs 9.90 lakh for the Dark Edition variant, ex-showroom, Delhi. For more than two years, the Altroz has only been available with a manual transmission. Tata has finally introduced an automatic gearbox on the Altroz with the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, after a long wait.
Only the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine with 86hp and 113Nm of peak torque is available with the new 6-speed dual-clutch (wet) gearbox, which is identical to its manual counterpart. It is, however, 20kg heavier than the manual versions. There are no paddle shifters like on the Hyundai i20 N Line, but the gear lever does have a manual mode.
The Tata Altroz DCT gearbox, according to Tata, was designed specifically for Indian climatic and road conditions, with active cooling technology and machine learning. Altroz’s DCT gearbox, for example, features shift-by-wire technology.
Initially, the DCT gearbox was supposed to debut with the Altroz’s more powerful 110hp 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. Tata Motors even tested the turbo-DCT variant, despite the fact that it was too expensive for our market. While the Altroz turbo-DCT could have competed with the Hyundai i20 DCT, its price tag would have been a deterrent. The diesel engine on the Altroz is still only available in manual transmission.
On the XM+, XT, XZ, XZ(O), and XZ+ variants, the Altroz DCT is available. Each of these variants’ equipment lists is identical to their manual counterparts.
A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, iRA connected car tech, a 7.0-inch part-digital instrument cluster, keyless entry with push-button start-stop, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and leatherette upholstery are all standard on the top-spec Altroz. The Tata Altroz DCT also receives a new safety feature called auto park lock, which engages park mode automatically even if the driver forgets to do so when exiting the vehicle.
Meanwhile, the Altroz DCT Dark Edition (available on the XT and XZ+) features blacked-out wheels, darkened chrome all around, and an all-black interior theme.
Tata Motors has also unveiled Opera Blue, a new shade of blue that will be available across the Altroz range.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno AMT, Hyundai i20 1.0 DCT, Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI automatic, Honda Jazz CVT, and the upcoming Toyota Glanza AMT are all competitors for the new Altroz DCT. Although Tata is late in bringing an automatic gearbox to the Altroz, the DCT unit is more advanced than the CVTs and AMTs found in the Jazz, Baleno, and Glanza. The only other hatchback in this segment with a DCT transmission is the Hyundai i20.