Mahindra introduced a new five-speed automated manual transmission—the result of a technology and engineering collaboration with Ricardo—at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi.
The new Mahindra 5-speed autoSHIFT transmission represents a significant step forward in transmission technology within the Indian automotive sector. Designed specifically to improve the driving experience and fuel economy in the urban environment, the unit incorporates the efficiency advantages of a manual transmission while providing the smooth comfort and convenience of an automatic.
The autoSHIFT equipped Mahindra Quanto was tested under extreme conditions, including the gradients and temperatures found at Khardung La, a high mountain pass (local elevation posted as 5,602 m/ 18,379 ft). The Mahindra autoSHIFT incorporates an advanced electronic control and hydraulic actuation system that senses driver demand and initiates gear changes automatically based on a highly optimized shift map that delivers the best possible fuel efficiency. The new autoASHIFT has been launched in the 2014 model year Mahindra Quanto compact SUV.
We are extremely pleased to be able to reveal the brand new Mahindra autoSHIFT 5-speed automated manual transmission, which has been developed through our longstanding and highly successful collaboration with global technology leader Ricardo.
The Mahindra autoSHIFT is undeniably a first for the Indian automotive sector in that we have captured the best globally available skills and technologies and created a truly innovative product to be manufactured from the outset, here in India.—Rajan Wadhera, chief executive – technology, product development and sourcing for Mahindra