Automatic gearboxes are great for crowded cities and small cars, that is why many companies, like Volkswagen have introduced special, dual-clutch gearboxes for their models, dubbed DSG,, which execute very fast changes, competing with the manual ones.
Thinking they can do better, Peugeot and Citroen have both announced a new gearbox, entitled DCS6, which will be implemented in their SUV models, the Citroen C-Crosser and the Peugeot 4007. Although a bit strange, as many SUV drivers prefer manual boxes, especially if they intend to do a bit of off-roading, in order to completely control the engine, things keep getting weirder.
The new automatic gearboxes also have slightly slower responses than the manual ones, fact highlighted by the 0-100 km/h time and the fuel economy, which has been revealed, when the boxes are coupled with the 2.2 HDi diesel engine from the two SUVs. While a human can accelerate to 100 km/h or 60 mph in just 9.9 seconds, the DSC6 box will reach it in 11.1 seconds. More importantly, especially for those of you with not a lot of money to spend on fuel, the automatic will average about 7.3 liters per 100 km, as opposed to the 7 from the manual gearbox.
But for all of these technical drawbacks, Citroen will launch a new options category for the C-Crosser, that will include bluetooth connectivity and rain sensors as standard. Expect the Peugeot 4007 to follow in the same trend, when the new gearbox will be launched in January next year.