The japanese car maker Nissan is all set to launch its SUV Terrano with an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox on the occasion of Diwali. The Terrano AMT version is rumored since the launch of the Renault Duster AMT version. Recently Indian car markets have seen a spike of the demand for automatic cars and Nissan is looking to capitalize on the changing trend with the Terrano AMT.
The Terrano AMT would share its mechanical parts with its French cousin Renault Duster, including the 6-speed easy R transmission. Technologies such as traction control, hill climb assist would also be shared with the Duster as Nissan and Renault both has a alliance through which both the companies share their technologies and designs.
The AMT Terrano is likely to be powered by the 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine with 110 PS of power. The Terrano is currently available with 1.6-liter petrol motor which produces 104 PS of power and with a 1.5-liter diesel mill which produces 85 PS and 110 PS respectively.
According to reports no changes would be made in the exterior while the interior would have slight cosmetic updates. The SUV could get new touchscreen infotainment system, GPS navigation, automatic climate control and the new upholstery option.
The AMT Nissan Terrano would be a bit costlier than the regular version. It could command a premium of around Rs 60,000- 80,000 over the regular model. Currently the top of the line XV variant is priced at Rs 13.71 lakh and with the AMT version the cost should be anywhere around Rs 14.5 lakh.
Recently the company has also updated its Micra hatchback with a new Sunshine Orange colour with the hope of selling more Micras. Now Nissan is eying on the growing automatic car market by equipping an AMT transmission in the Terrano, which has otherwise been a slow seller.