Hyundai is India’s second largest car manufacturer and they have a variety of products in their portfolio as well. Hyundai is known for introducing new features and offering new technologies in their cars to customer. One such feature that was introduced by Hyundai in their cars was iMT technology. Hyundai Venue was India’s first sub-4 meter compact SUV to get this transmission technology. We drove the iMT version of the Hyundai Venue last year when it got launched. If you want to read the text review of Venue iMT click here. Hyundai has now released a new TVC featuring Venue SUV explaining the benefit of having an iMT gearbox.
The video has been shared by Hyundai India on their YouTube channel. In this video, it shows a couple in Hyundai Venue iMT stuck in a traffic jam. The driver then tells that he is not stressed about the traffic jam as he is driving an iMT SUV. Driver then explains what iMT is and how it makes the life easier while driving in such city conditions.
iMT is actually a clutchless manual manual transmission. iMT or Intelligent Manual transmission vehicles do not have a physical clutch pedal. They come with brake and accelerator pedal just like a regular automatic car but, what makes them different is the gear lever. It has pedals like an automatic transmission car while having a manual gear lever.
This combination offers driver the best of both worlds. He can control the gearshifts manually while not worrying about the clutch pedal. The gear shifts are smooth and they offer a relaxed driving experience to the driver. iMT technology was initially announced by Kia for its Sonet SUV but, Hyundai Venue became the first production car to get this feature. Along with Venue SUV, Hyundai offers the same iMT gearbox with the new generation i20 premium hatchback as well.
How does iMT technology actually work
- Transmission Control Unit receives signal from Transmission Gear Shift Lever Intention Sensor, indicating driver’s desire to change gears.
- Transmission Control Unit sends signal to engage Hydraulic Actuator forming Hydraulic Pressure.
- Hydraulic Pressure is then sent to Concentric Slave Cylinder (CSC) through Clutch Tube.
- Concentric Slave Cylinder uses this pressure to control the clutch and pressure plate, thereby engaging and disengaging the clutch.
- Driver is able to seamlessly shift gears without the need to mechanically operate clutch pedal.
Hyundai Venue is currently one of the most popular sub-4 meter compact SUV in the segment. It competes with cars like Maruti Brezza, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon in the segment. Like many other Hyundais Venue is also offered with features. It is available with three different engine options. There is a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine which comes with a manual gearbox only. The diesel version is powered by a 1.5 litre motor and this engine is also offered with a manual gearbox. The most powerful engine offered with Venue is the 1.0 litre, three cylinder turbo petrol engine which comes with DCT, iMT and manual gearbox options.