If you go out shopping for a new car, what are the things that come on the checklist? It may include the engine specifications, fuel economy, interior comforts, high-tech infotainment, and more.
However, the engine specifications aren’t enough to come across the performance, the convenience while driving, and also the fuel efficiency. While considering the engine, transmission is also an important aspect that can affect a lot. From fuel economy to future maintenance and repair costs, yes these can be variable depending on the type of transmission you choose.
Currently, in the Indian market, acronyms like AT, MT, and AMT are quite popular, which stand for automatic transmission, manual transmission, and automatic manual transmission respectively.
While the first two are quite easy to decipher, people often bang their heads to the wall while understanding the working of an automatic manual transmission. But to save you from blood-pool, this article will cover almost everything you need to know about an AMT.
Besides the AMT acronym holding the combination of automatic and manual, it actually combines the positives of both types of transmission. The AMT has a clutch pedal like a manual transmission, but it can be controlled by the ECU under certain modes, which reduces the hassle of shifting your legs from clutch to brake and back frequently.
Also, the manual modes let the driver have the best engagement which is lost while opting for the automatic. While the automatic transmission is expensive, the AMT is more affordable. Let’s summaries the pros and cons of an AMT over the other types of transmission.
Now that we have covered the pros and cons of the automatic manual transmission, let’s consider some unknown facts about the same.
The automatic manual transmissions are no less of a boon in heavy traffic. They come equipped with a “creep” function which helps the car creep in traffic at slow speeds of 5-6 kph.
This reduces the fatigue of the driver who’ll have to manage both clutch and brake in a manual transmission, while both acceleration and brakes in an automatic car.
The AMT transmission combines the best of both worlds, the positive of both the manual and automatic type of transmission. While they have more efficiency and better economy, they are cheaper than the high-price automatic cars.
Though the disadvantage of lacking control over the clutch translates to difficult overtaking scenarios and running on inclined hilly terrains.