Tata Aria 4x4 Automatic caught testing by IAB reader - Spied

24/01/2015 - 13:54 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Could source its AT unit from General Motors.

Indian Autos Blog reader, Mr. Shubham Nitin Ghute, snapped the Tata Aria Automatic on test on the Pune-Satara highway recently. An automatic variant on Tata's flagship has been a long time coming, with Tata having shown production-ready concept at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS 2014) and the Geneva Motor Show in 2013.

Tata Aria Automatic front spied
The Aria AT spotted here is based on the top-end 4x4 Pride model. Note that this is the pre-facelift model without the smoked headlight clusters.

The variant spotted here is based on the top-end Pride 4x4 model, indicating that Tata could position the Aria AT as a premium offering. Tata couldn't ask for a better time to launch the Aria AT, as rival Mahindra plans on introducing an automatic variant on the XUV500 shortly.

The Aria AT, or Aria A-Tronic, shown at last year's IIMS was powered by the same 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine seen on the manual variant. However, at 156 PS and 400 Nm, the Aria A-Tronic sees an increase in power and torque compared to the Aria manual which makes 150 PS and 320 Nm.

Tata Aria Automatic transmission spied
The Aria Automatic could get a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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The A-Tronic featured a 6-speed automatic transmission, though Tata didn't announce further details on this unit. Some reports indicate that Tata could source the automatic transmission from General Motors.

Competitor: Mahindra XUV500 AT (upcoming launch)
Expected Price: INR 16.5 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: Likely this year

Tata Aria Automatic - Spyshot Gallery

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