Tata Kite to get an e-clutch system with 10% higher mileage than AMT – Report

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Allows the driver to engage first gear without using the clutch.

The forthcoming Tata Kite hatchback could get an e-clutch system, says a report on Team BHP. The e-clutch system is comparatively cheaper than an AMT (automated manual transmission), which itself is about 40 percent the cost of a conventional automatic transmission, but will offer 10 percent better fuel economy than a manual. An AMT offers very similar fuel efficiency compared to a manual gearbox.

Tata Kite front render IAB
Our artist’s rendering of the production version of the Tata Kite, based on spyshots.

The e-clutch system only controls the clutch operation during stop and go traffic situations, and the driver continues to be in control of the gearshifts. The driver can access the first gear without using the clutch, while a more advanced version, can match the engine speed with the corresponding gear enabling smoother gear changes.

Also, when the driver is no longer accelerating, the system enables a coasting option for increased efficiency.

German component maker, Bosch, is testing its e-clutch system in India on a Honda Brio. However, the Bosch-developed system will reportedly be production ready only in 2016.

Tata Kite rear hatch spied
The Kite is based on the Indica’s platform, and will also spawn a compact sedan that will be positioned below the Zest.

Also read: Tata Hexa concept debuts at the Geneva Motor Show

Tata Motors though plans on launching the Kite in 2015, most likely during the second half of the year. A 1.2-liter petrol engine and a 1.05-liter diesel engine would be assigned powertrain duty, and the car would roll out of the underutilized Nano plant in Sanand, Gujarat.

Competitors: Hyundai i10, Honda Brio, Maruti Celerio, Chevrolet Beat, Ford Figo
Expected price: INR 3.5-4.5 lakhs, ex-showroom
Launch date: H2 2015

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[Source – Team BHP]

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