The two-pedal intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) will be mated to the petrol Venue.
Hyundai Motors has come up with a new tech which is likely to revolutionize the industry just as the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) did a few years back when it first debuted with Maruti Celerio. The South Korean automaker likes to call it an intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) which is a two-pedal clutchless system.
Hyundai Venue will be the first vehicle to feature the tech with its 1.0-litre petrol motor. It will be introduced in this month and is likely to slot between the manual and the automatic variants. Presently, the 1.0-litre T-GDI engine is mated to both manual and automatic transmission options.
How does iMT tech works?
It’s a two-pedal technology where the floor setup is the same as an automatic car while you need to shift gears like a manual. Thus, you avoid the hassle of engaging the clutch every time you need to switch gears. However, the fun of a manual car is kept intact with the gearshifts.
How does this system work at the backend?
Hyundai has installed three key elements that work in sync to lend a seamless driving experience to the driver – Transmission Gear Shift (TGS) Lever with intention sensor, Hydraulic Actuator and Transmission Control Unit (TCU).
The TGS with intention sensor analysis the desire of gear shifting of the driver and sends the signal to the TCU. The TCU alerts the Hydraulic Actuator which sends the hydraulic pressure to the concentric slave clutch (CSC) which engages and disengages the clutch.
Will the new tech have an impact on the performance and fuel efficiency of the Venue?
No, Hyundai specifically says it won’t have any impact on the performance and mileage of the SUV.
The sub-compact SUV has already sold one lakh units in a mere span of a year. The addition of the iMT tech is likely to enhance the value for money quotient of the car.
The Venue is tagged in the price bracket of Rs 6.70 lakh – Rs 11.50 lakh (ex-showroom). With iMT, the Hyundai Venue will have an ace up its sleeve in the competition packed with Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV 300 and Ford EcoSport.