Hyundai Group is currently the only automaker in India offering five types of transmission in their cars, one manual and four types of automatic -- dual-clutch, torque converter, AMT and CVT. Both Kia and Hyundai have now confirmed that a new transmission -- iMT -- will join the portfolio on their respective sub-4m SUVs -- the Venue and the upcoming Sonet. iMT is an example of a clutchless manual transmission, one in which the driver changes gears manually using the gear lever, but there’s no clutch pedal.
While Kia had announced it first, Hyundai has confirmed that it’ll come out with the iMT on the Venue soon, even before it is introduced on the Sonet. The iMT will be available with the 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol Venue, to start with, and there’s a possibility that it will be paired with Venue’s other engines as well in the future, confirmed Amit Dhaundiyal, Assistant General Manager at Hyundai Motor India Ltd.. He also confirmed that more models, including those that are positioned above the Venue, like the Creta, are being evaluated for the iMT. So unlike AMT, iMT is not a tech that will be restricted to the more affordable cars.
Hyundai states that the turbo-petrol engine’s sporty nature suits the iMT, which can be seen as an automatic transmission (since there’s no clutch pedal) with manual-like control over gear selection. It is this manual control over gearshifts that enthusiasts generally like about a manual transmission, and because iMT doesn’t get a clutch pedal, it should be easier to drive in traffic compared to a manual transmission -- so it serves two purposes.
The Creta 1.4 is currently available with the dual-clutch type automatic transmission only. With this powertrain, its most affordable variant costs Rs 16.16 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The introduction of iMT in the Creta should bring down its cost without compromising on comfort (no clutch pedal), and Hyundai would be able to position this engine as the one for the enthusiasts (more driver engagement now thanks to greater control over gear shifts).