Hyundai Venue: iMT variant debuts a clutch-less manual gearbox


While the Hyundai Venue wants no introduction, this iMT variant débuts an distinctive new know-how — a clutch-less manual gearbox. In idea, the iMT is a cross between a manual and an automated. So, is that this new gearbox the very best of each worlds?

The Venue you see right here comes with a new ‘Sport’ beauty pack that may be added to the SX, SX+ and SX(O) variants. The pack provides in darkened beauty parts to the outside and an all-black inside. Red accents and highlights, each in and out, end the look. Other than that, the Venue stays the identical SUV it at all times has been.

Now, the principle level of this assessment — the all-new gearbox. Technically talking, the iMT is just not that far off from an AMT, probably the most fundamental automated gearbox. In the AMT, the sensors and actuators function the clutch and alter gears; within the iMT they solely function the clutch with you shifting the gears.

Specifications

  • Length – 3995mm
  • Width – 1770mm
  • Height – 1605mm
  • Wheelbase – 2500mm
  • Tyre measurement – 215/60 R16
  • Fuel tank capability – 45 litres
  • Engine – 998cc, 3-cyls, turbo-petrol
  • Power – 120hp at 6000rpm
  • Torque – 172Nm at 1500-4000rpm
  • Gearbox – 6-speed clutchless manual

An ‘intention sensor’ detects whenever you transfer the shifter out of a gear slot after which figures out the clutch enter required, and which gear you might be slotting it into subsequent, matches the revs and pops within the clutch. Since an digital mind is in control of the clutch, you possibly can by no means stall it.

It gently creeps ahead with none throttle enter as soon as you fit it into a gear and releases the brake as when you had stepped off the clutch. It will even begin in second gear if you’re on a flat floor, however attempt beginning it in third or increased, and you may be warned on the MID to shift to a decrease gear. Similarly, depart it in a excessive gear and let the revs drop too low, you’ll get the identical warning, nevertheless it nonetheless received’t stall, as finally it’s going to have interaction the clutch.

On the transfer, you row by gears simply as you’d in a manual, with out utilizing a clutch pedal. The course of is clean at informal speeds. You can shift gears with the throttle fully mashed to the ground, however you may be met with a drop in revs, a slight pause in acceleration because the clutch engages, and resistance from the gear lever.

Also, carry out fast shifts at excessive revs and you’ll get a momentary pause and subsequent ‘head nod’ between gears as in an AMT. The system additionally doesn’t permit for laborious launches which is mirrored in its efficiency, however the clutch will doubtless final for much longer.

The actual benefit might be felt when you’re in bumper-to-bumper visitors. Simply depart it in first or second and raise off the brake, making use of throttle when essential.

Some AMTs can get caught out on slopes, however in an iMT, as a result of the software program, sensors and actuators solely function the clutch, it really works higher. On a delicate gradient, you possibly can simply step off the brake and onto the throttle with out the automobile rolling again. This high variant is provided with Hill Assist Control.

While it has its deserves, you definitely don’t get the diploma of management as you’d with a common manual. Say you’d need to slip the clutch and management the revs, similar to if you’re caught in sand or if confronted with standing water. In such conditions, the iMT is like an automated; you simply have to decide on the appropriate gear and ground it.

On efficiency, the Venue iMT may notmatch as much as the usual manual or the quick-shifting DCT. Its 0-100kph is a full 2.23sec slower than the manual and 1.57sec slower than the DCT with the identical engine.

While the DCT auto prices ₹50,000-₹1,10,000 greater than the manual, the iMT prices solely ₹15,000 extra. Yet, regardless of it being the costlier know-how, Hyundai affords the DCT within the lesser S trim at a cheaper price, whereas the iMT is simply supplied within the increased SX trim onwards, beginning at ₹9.99 lakh.

For some, the iMT would be the better of each worlds; for others, it could be a case of ‘neither here nor there’.

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