Hyundai Motor India Ltd has announced today that their Compact SUV model Venue will be India’s 1st car model to come with clutch-less intelligent manual transmission. The Hyundai Venue iMT will launch later this month.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. SS Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “Hyundai has been driving the adoption of new and innovative technologies at scale. With our ‘Future Ready’ business strategy, we have been continuously striving for customer delight with Human centric technologies that present our innate understanding of what our customers’ desire. iMT is one such technology that accounts for pleasure of driving and also the convenience needed to ease the hectic burden of daily commutes. This unparalleled drive experience on Hyundai VENUE – India’s First Connected SUV has been curated through a constant pursuit of innovation for Customer Delight.”
The Hyundai Venue iMT will be mated to the 1.0 l T-GDi Petrol (BS6) engine, the iMT clutch-less transmission is a 2-pedal clutch-less technology that combines Fun-to-Drive elements of a Manual Transmission without a physical clutch pedal in place.
This is how the Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) works-
The Transmission Control Unit inside the iMT receives signal from TGS Lever Intention Sensor, indicating drivers need to shift gears when the TCU sends signal to engage Hydraulic Actuator forming Hydraulic Pressure. After this the Hydraulic Pressure is sent to Concentric Slave Cylinder (CSC) through Clutch Tube and then the Concentric Slave Cylinder uses this pressure to control the clutch and pressure plate. This in turn engages and disengages the clutch module. Using this innovative technology the driver is able to shift through gears manually without the need of a mechanical clutch pedal.
As per Hyundai – Through this electromechanical operation of the clutch, iMT will offer drivers all the pleasures of driving a manual transmission. Further, the technology will empower customers with a more engaged drive experience by offering enhanced control over desired torque on wheels without compromising on fuel efficiency and performance.