Teasers from Tata Motors have been hitting hard at the launch of the Dual Clutch Transmission joining the gearbox options on the Altroz soon. In testing since 2020, this is necessary addition to the altroz which only comes with a manual box as of now.
No Turbo for the DCT: Earlier it was believed that the 1.2 turbo petrol engine will be the pick for the DCT, it is now known that the 1.2 NA engine will be the pick. The primary reason for this switch over is said to be cost and market positioning. The NA engine will allow the Altroz to undercut the i20 which is its direct rival. The DCT equipped Altroz is expected to be around 20kgs heavier than its manual counterpart.
Feature Loaded: The DCT is most likely to be featured on the fully loaded XZ+ Altroz only. The XZ+ currently gets a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, 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.
Rivals: The Altroz DCT will have to rub shoulders with the brand new Maruti Suzuki Baleno AMT, Hyundai i20 1.0 DCT and the Honda Jazz CVT. The Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI automatic is a rival too, however not for long. Volkswagen is scheduled to pull the plug on the production of the Polo very soon, clearing the way for the Altroz.
Written by Aakash Kalro