Hyundai Venue iMT launched at Rs 9.99 lakh
Hyundai has introduced a new ‘clutchless manual’ gearbox, dubbed iMT – or Intelligent Manual Transmission – to its Venue compact SUV in the Indian market. Additionally, the Venue now also comes with a new Sport cosmetic pack on all variants SX and upwards, as well as a new S+ variant for the base 1.2-litre petrol engine. We tell you more about it.
The Venue iMT was announced a few weeks ago, and is only available with the 120hp, 1.0-litre, direct-injection, turbo-petrol engine. Prices start at Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for the entry-level SX variant, going up to Rs 11.21 lakh for the SX (O) with the new Sport pack.
It is a ‘two-pedal, clutch-less system’ – a hybrid of manual and automatic gearbox setups. In this system, the driver still has to shift gears manually, just like one would do in a conventional manual gearbox, but without the need of a clutch pedal. According to Hyundai, the iMT gearbox technology uses an ‘intention sensor’ with the gear lever, that informs a transmission control unit (TCU) when the driver is about to change gears. The TCU then signals a hydraulic actuator to engage and disengage the clutch plate while the driver shifts gears.
While this may not be the first instance of an iMT in the world, nor even the first one in India, it is a first in this segment. Interestingly Kia had first announced that it would bring in this technology with its Sonet compact SUV, which makes its world premiere on August 7, 2020. However, with today’s launch of the Venue iMT, Hyundai has beaten its sister brand to the market.