Hyundai Venue is the latest offering from India’s second largest car manufacturer in the sub-4 metre compact SUV segment. It had set higher standards for the existing compact SUVs by offering wide range of features, engine and gearbox options. A highlight of the Venue SUV is the 1.0L turbocharged petrol engine which for the first in the segment comes with a Dual Clutch Transmission. Gone are the days when everyone thought of automatics as a premium option and are only available in high-end cars. But with the introduction AMTs in under 5 lakh cars, automatics became more accessible and manufacturers became more competitive and started bringing their best options. That is what happened with Hyundai Venue. In a segment full of AMTs, Venue became the first to offer DCT. here we have a video from Hyundai India that shows the working of a Dual Clutch Transmission.
The video has been uploaded by Hyundai India on their official youtube page. It starts by explaining the benefits of a DCT over conventional automatics. The loss of energy is less and is more fuel efficient. The video explains this gearbox as an option that provides the driver convenience of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual.
How does a DCT work? well, as the name suggests DCT has two clutches. One manages the odd number of gear and the other takes care of even numbers. whenever you are driving a DCT equipped car, second clutch in the car works out the gear you’re likely to need next and gets it ready. This makes them highly responsive and fast and this translates into better shift times.
If a DCT equipped car is driven at a very low speed (for example 10 kmph) for a very long time during heavy traffic conditions, some notifications are likely to pop up on the driver side display. That according to Hyundai does not mean any malfunction, but is a notification so that you don’t put too much pressure on the gearbox.
The Venue DCT uses a 1.0L turbocharged petrol unit. It produces a maximum of 118 Bhp and 172 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6 Speed manual transmission and also gets a 7-Speed DCT as an option. The other engine options that Venue gets are 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.4l diesel unit. The 1.2 liter petrol engine makes 82 Bhp-114 Nm, and is paired to a five speed manual gearbox as standard. The diesel engine puts out 89 Bhp-220 Nm, and is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.