Hyundai Venue Clutch-less iMT (intelligent Manual Transmission) first look review
Hyundai will launch its Venue with an iMT gearbox during this month. It would be the first such car in India which would be launched with an iMT. The Hyundai Venue iMT would be coming with the 1.0 turbo petrol only and it will also have a 6-speed gearbox.
What is iMT?
iMT means intelligent Manual Transmission and it basically is the same as a manual gearbox but only difference being you do not have to use the clutch. So this Hyundai calls it as 2 pedal clutch less technology. So unlike an AMT the driver has control and shifts the gears themselves but there is no clutch to use. The main components of an iMT are transmission Gear Shift (TGS,) Lever with Intention Sensor, Hydraulic Actuator and Transmission Control Unit (TCU).
How it works?
To the driver it will feel like a manual car but without needing a clutch. The Venue iMT will have 6-gears and you can slot them as like a manual but there is left leg to use. How does it drive is something we will find out soon.
What will we get?
The iMT will mean better efficiency and more fuel economy as this will have more mileage over an AMT or any torque converter/CVT automatic. Hyundai will also price it aggressively.
Other options remain in Venue?
The traditional 6-speed manual gearbox as well as the DCT automatic continue to be in the range. So this will be an addition to the range but it will be priced between the DCT and manual. We mostly expect them to be available in the middle of the Venue range with the top-end one reserved with the DCT.
Other cars having this?
The other car to be coming with an iMT is the Kia Sonet which is also a compact SUV. While the Venue would be coming in July the Sonet would be coming later around the festive season. Will this change our way of driving? We will see when we drive the Venue iMT.
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