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The Tata Tigor compact sedan range has been widened with the inclusion of two AMT-equipped variants. The XZA and XTA, as they’re called, are available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 5-speed automated manual transmission.

Said gearbox keeps simplicity on priority, offers the ability to manually shift gears (clutch-free, of course), but also comes with a ‘Sports’ mode. The segment-first feature makes the car more eager and thus fun to drive, claims the company. Another vital inclusion is of the ‘Creep’ feature, which not unlike a creep, creeps forward as soon as you let go of the brakes. The name aside, it’s a boon as it makes both parking and driving on inclines easier. The latter because it prevents the car from rolling backwards. The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine makes 83.8 bhp, and is also available in the Tiago as well the MT-equipped Tigor.

The Tigor XTA is priced at Rs 5.75 lakh, ex-showroom, while if you’re looking at buying it in the top-spec XMA flavour, it will cost you Rs 6.22 lakh. Excluding road tax, registration costs, etc, that is. In comparison, the least expensive Maruti Dzire you can buy — with a petrol engine and AMT gearbox — costs Rs 6.73 lakh (ex-showroom). It’s also the only other car in the segment with an AMT.

Tata Motors’ Head of Marketing, Mr Vivek Srivatsa said, “Given the current traffic scenario and growing driver fatigue levels, an AMT is the perfect solution to bringing back the joy of driving in a city, without compromising on fuel efficiency. As per our turnaround strategy, we are working with a renewed focus and energy to improve our market share and bring products that align with customers’ aspirational and practical requirements. Keeping with the trend of this growing segment, we introduced the AMT variants of the hatchback TIAGO, which has so far received a tremendous response. Now, with the TIGOR AMT, we continue to reach out to our customers with stylish and feature loaded products that offer best-in-class technology and design engineering.”

You can read more about the Tigor (MT) in our review.