After much anticipation and spy pictures surfacing on the internet, Tata Motors has lifted off the curtains from the automatic version of its premium hatchback, the Altroz. The new Tata Altroz DCT debuts with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the introductory pricing range set between Rs 8.10-9.90 lakh. Here are some things to note down about the new Tata Altroz DCT:
Tata Altroz DCT – What’s new?
The biggest talking point of the new Tata Altroz DCT is its transmission – a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). It is a wet gearbox, which for now is available only with the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, and not the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel.
The new variants equipped with this new 6-speed DCT are around 20 kg heavier than their manual counterparts, which comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Like most of the DCT-equipped cars, the Tata Altroz DCT also has a manual mode, but it misses out on paddle shifters. This new gearbox features technologies like shift-by-wire, active cooling and machine learning for quick and optimal gearshifts.
In addition, there is a new safety feature of auto park lock, which automatically engages the park mode in the gearbox when the driver exits the car without engaging the park mode by himself. Tata Motors has used this opportunity to introduce a new colour operation of Opera Blue, which apart from the DCT variants, will also be available in the other manual variants.
Tata Altroz DCT – What’s unchanged?
The new variants of the Tata Altroz equipped with the new DCT gearbox are based on the existing variants only, which neither miss out on any of the existing features nor do they get any additional new feature.
In the top-spec XZ+ variant, the Tata Altroz DCT gets features like halogen projector headlamps, daytime running LEDs, 16-inch machined alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, multi-functional steering wheel with voice commands and cruise control buttons, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, 7-inch TFT screen in the instrument console, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and leather upholstery.
In the optional Dark Edition version, which is available with XT and XZ+ variants, the Altroz DCT gets a blacked-out finish for the exterior paint, alloy wheels, cabin layout and leather upholstery. The 6-speed DCT is exclusively available with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which produces 86 PS of maximum power and 113 Nm of maximum torque output.
Tata Altroz DCT – Variants and Pricing
The new Tata Altroz DCT is available in a total of six variants, the prices of which are as follows:
- XM+ – Rs 8.10 lakh
- XT – Rs 8.60 lakh
- XT Dark Edition – Rs 9.06 lakh
- XZ – Rs 9.10 lakh
- XZ(O) – Rs 9.22 lakh
- XZ+ – Rs 9.60 lakh
- XZ+ Dark Edition – Rs 9.90 lakh
Tata Altroz DCT – Competition
The new Tata Altroz DCT will directly take on the newly launched duo of Maruti Suzuki Baleno AMT and Toyota Glanza AMT. Besides these two cars, the new Altroz DCT will also compete with the automatic variants of other premium hatchbacks like Hyundai i20 CVT, Honda Jazz CVT and Volkswagen Polo AT.