Hyundai Venue will become the first car in India to come with a clutchless manual transmission.
The convenience of clutchless-shifting and rowing through gears has long been dreamt of by auto enthusiasts. Hyundai has made this dream come true with the introduction of the Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) in the Hyundai Venue. The new gearbox comes with a 2-pedal configuration and also enables the driver to physically shift gears through the 6-speed MT.
The Hyundai Venue will become the first vehicle in India to come with a clutchless manual gearbox.
The new iMT combines a gear level with a Transmission Control Unit (TCU), hydraulic actuator and an intention sensor. After the transmission level is positioned into a particular gear, a signal is sent to the TCU by the intention sensor. The TCU, then, sends a signal to the hydraulic actuator, which helps create a hydraulic pressure to activate the slave cylinder.
The pressure built up in this cylinder is utilized to control the pressure plate and the clutch, which helps engaging and disengage the clutch. The driver can then smoothly shift through any gear he wants. With this new and modern system, the South Korean automaker wants to offer the auto customers the convenience of a manual and automatic transmission in one unit.
The iMT offers the driver the convenience of both the manual and automatic gearboxes.
The iMT will start to operate this July and will only be mated to the Hyundai Venue's Kappa 1.0-litre GDi turbo petrol motor with a 6-speed MT in the S, SX and SX(O) variants which is priced from INR 8.46 lakh to INR 10.95 lakh (ex-showroom). While the upcoming Kia Sonet was claimed to become the first car in India to come with this gearbox, it has been defeated by its own cousin.