Hyundai has announced that they are introducing a new clutchless manual transmission in their new Venue Compact SUV. It is called the intelligent Manual Transmission or iMT. The engine will be designed with a 120hp, 1.0L, direct injection turbo petrol engine and the company claims that the gearbox will be the first in the market to combine the power of manual and automatic transmissions.
The iMT system is a two-pedal clutch system where the driver can change the gears manually according to his wish without having to use the clutch. The functionality of the clutch pedal is automated.
The system uses an intention sensor, where the gear lever will inform the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) if the driver has any intentions of changing the gear. The TCU, then signals the hydraulic actuator, which will engage and disengage the clutch plate when the driver shifts the gears.
With the iMT/ the two-pedal system, the need to manually operate the clutch is eliminated while the driver gets the full driving experience by being able to shift the gears himself. This will relieve the stress of driving in the city traffics. Hyundai says that the efficiency of the vehicle is improved using iMT without compromising fuel efficiency and performance.
The Hyundai Venue is currently offered with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT auto box with a small capacity turbo power plant. The 1.0 liter turbo engine with manual transmission is available in S, SX and SX(O) which is priced at 8.46-10.95 Lakhs. The DCT automatic is available in S and SX+ at the rate of 9.60-11.51 lakhs.
The iMT technology might be a game-changer in the market and Hyundai will probably beat its sister company Kia in bringing the technology to Indian markets. Kia had announced that their upcoming Venue fighter, the production version of sonet compact , SUV will debut with an iMT gearbox.