Chennai: Hyundai on Friday announced that it will introduce an all-new Intelligent Manual Transmission or iMT gearbox with the Venue SUV. This technology promises to more seamless and better performance than Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).
The new iMT option is a unique automatic transmission version that lets you drive clutch-free while using the same manual gearbox in manual mode if desired.
The iMT unit, like other automatics, will not have a clutch pedal. The difference is that the gearshift lever will be in the same H pattern. It will have 6-speeds as well.
Hyundai explained that when the driver wants to change gear, the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) receives a signal from the TGS Lever Intention Sensor indicating the driver’s desire to change gears. The TCU will send a signal to engage the hydraulic actuator forming hydraulic pressure which is sent to the Concentric Slave Cylinder (CSC) through a clutch tube. The CSC then uses this pressure to control the clutch and pressure plate, which engages and disengages the clutch.
Hyundai claims iMT tech gives more control over desired torque without affecting the performance and fuel economy.
With the 1.0 turbo-petrol unit, the new Venue is likely to be more affordable than DCT variant which is priced at ₹ 10.78 lakh on-road in Bhubaneswar.