Hyundai is India’s second largest car manufacturer and is quite popular in the market. They offer a number of vehicles and one of the latest launches from the brand was an updated version of Venue compact SUV. Hyundai introduced an industry-first feature in this sub-4 meter compact SUV, called iMT or intelligent manual transmission. The Hyundai Venue was launched at a price of Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom. It competes with the cars like Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport in the segment. Here we have a video that shows what the Hyundai Venue iMT feels like to drive.
The video has been uploaded by PITSTOP on their Youtube channel. The video basically describes the working of this new gearbox and the whole experience of driving it. The iMT gearbox is currently available in the 1.0 litre tubo petrol version of Venue. Hyundai Venue looks same as before and no changes are done to its design. It even offers all the features that it used to offer before.
The vlogger then steps in and starts explaining the whole process on how the gearbox actually works. In an iMT gearbox, the driver gets the convenience of clutchless drive and also has the option to shift gears manually just like in a manual transmission vehicle. This new technology basically uses a host of sensors that automatically engage the clutch whenever driver tends to shift the gear. This provides a seamless driving experience.
The vlogger then starts driving the car to experience the new iMT gearbox. Once he started driving around, he noticed couple of things. First one was that the gear shifts were very smooth and were far more better than an AMT gearbox. Just like in a manual gearbox, the driver has to go off the throttle before shifting the gear for smoother experience. The car will not stall in case driver engages a wrong gear. If he does, then the car simply slows down and won’t move until the driver engages the right gear.
Another thing that driver noticed is that as it uses a electro-mechanically actuated clutch, the system doesn’t allow quick shifts like in a manual gearbox. Apart from that vlogger was very impressed with the whole experience. One of the upcoming rivals of Hyundai Venue, the Kia Sonet, will also feature the very same iMT gearbox. Hyundai continues to offer 7-speed DCT and 6-speed manual gearbox with the 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine. It also has a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel engine.