Hyundai Motor India has announced the debut of an intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) on Hyundai Venue. This would be an industry-first innovation which hopes to offer customers with the convenience of a two-pedal system combined with the fun factor of a manual transmission. Interesting? Folks at Hyundai tell us that the iMT technology is a ‘revolutionary’ two-pedal system that eliminates the need for drivers to constantly use the clutch pedal as in a conventional manual transmission. However, with this technology, the driver retains the ability to slot gears manually, which will be interesting to see. The iMT will be introduced this month on the BS6-compliant 1.0-litre Kappa T-GDi petrol engine with six-speed manual transmission. Essentially, there could be traditional transmission slots which could be operated with the use of a clutch.
Commenting on the announcement, 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 the 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.”
How does it work? Hyundai states that the iMT technology features a Transmission Gear Shift (TGS) lever with Intention Sensor, Hydraulic Actuator and Transmission Control Unit (TCU). Here’s how it plays out –
- The Transmission Control Unit receives signal from TGS Lever Intention Sensor, indicating drivers desire to change gears.
2. TCU then sends the signal to engage Hydraulic Actuator forming Hydraulic Pressure. Hydraulic Pressure is then sent to Concentric Slave Cylinder (CSC) through Clutch Tube
3. The Concentric Slave Cylinder uses this pressure to control the clutch and pressure plate, thereby engaging and disengaging the clutch.
4. The driver is then able to shift gears without the need to mechanically operate the clutch pedal.
Through this electromechanical operation of the clutch, iMT hopes to offer drivers with the thrill of a manual transmission. The iMT was first linked to the Kia Sonet, which is sure to come with this gearbox option upon its launch in India soon. Although intriguing the iMT does through up a few questions. For example, what will the gearbox look like and how will it be to use in the real world? This is something we can’t wait to find out either!