What is the Hyundai Venue iMT, and why is it there?
New Hyundai Venue IMT is Hyundai’s new compact SUV that uses a unique gearbox and is powered by a 1.0 liter turbo-petrol engine. In theory, it is mid-manual and automatic, and with it, Hyundai aims to offer consumers much easier than a manual gearbox, at a much lower price.
It retains the 6-speed, H-pattern shifter of the Venue convertible gearbox, but eliminates clutch pedal completely.
How does the iMT gearbox work?
We’ve broken it down with details before, but as we said before, there’s a gap between the manual and the automatic gearbox in the sense. Technically, there is a gap between the manual and the most basic automatic gearbox – the AMT, so we will use it as a reference point.
Automatically, the AMT is a manual gearbox, even if it uses sensors and actuators to operate the clutch and remove gears. The venue iMT, instead, uses sensors and actuators to use only the clutch, while you have to change gears yourself with an H-pattern shifter, like any manual. Think of it as a small robot inside a gearbox, which calculates exactly when you want to leave and press and release your clutch pedal.
New Hyundai Venue IMT ‘navigation sensor’ detects when you remove the shift from the gearbox and find the required clutch input, and then you will find which gear you are inserting next, match the revs and pop to the clutch. And because the electronic brain holds the clutch, you can never stop it.
How does the Venue iMT compare to manual and DCT auto?
You certainly do not get that level of control as you would use the clutch yourself in the manual. There are times when you may want to, for example, slide the clutch and control the revs. Such as if you are stuck in sand or loose mud. If you are facing stagnant water (welcome to a club, Gurugram, from Mumbaikar), and you should drive to it. In cases like these, the iMT behaves automatically. You have to choose the right gear and put it down. However, it will update all the way to the queue and stay there until you change, as in the book.
A driving enthusiast would love the manual as well. Specifically, you can’t start the Local iMue hard. Whether you’re trying to build revs and put the gear in, or hold it on the brakes while in gear. The system prioritizes smoothness and grip of the clutch. So it will always remove you from the blocks gently, rather than as quickly as possible. On the flip side, because the algorithm controls the clutch and not the person, it will allow it to last much longer.
Additionally, you do not experience the same involvement in the driving experience as you would with a manual. The satisfaction of making timely changes. Exit is over, when the revs are high and you want to accelerate very quickly. Although the shifts remain smooth, you will still get a temporary break and the next ‘headphone’ between the gears, as the sensors and actuators hold. Like the AMT, it is a very good powertrain when driven comfortably.
Compared to the automatic, the iMT obviously doesn’t give you that last advantage of never changing it at all, and the automatic gearbox and 1.0 T-GDi Venue engine is not an expensive AMT, but a high-tech auto-hold auto. This DCT gearbox is a quick shift and, whether you’re sailing, starting at rest, or getting out to the end, and if you want to handle by hand, you also get paddle shifters as well.
New Hyundai Venue IMT in practice, iMT can’t be the same – 0-100kph takes 13.47sec, 2.23sec is slightly slower than the Venue manual and 1.57sec is slower than DCT with the same engine, and that almost comes to the point that you can’t introduce i iMT hard. What we should note, however, is that while the Venue iMT we tested was a BS6 car, the other two were a BS4 spec. The iMT is very close to the manual, naturally. When it comes to in-gear or speed acceleration, as they work the same way. Where the DCT is much faster, by 5sec – but that’s thank you, of course, for the automatic reboot.
While we have not done a proper test of the fuel economy. Expect the Venue MT to be as close to this manual as you are. And you already have the gear and shift gear, so it all depends on your driving style.
Why does the car have red bits everywhere?
This has nothing to do with the iMT gearbox, but instead there is a new ‘Sports’ cosmetic package that can be added to the SX, SX + and SX (O) variety, regardless of engine and gearbox. Similar to Kia’s ‘GT Line’ in Seltos and Sonet, although there are no changes in the equipment list. Its adds a few sportier reductions to the interior and exterior to differentiate it with standard variations.
Outside, you find a glossy black grille with red markings on its hinges, a black smoke lamp and tail lamp houses. Red accents on the corners of the wheels. Base for doors and a canvas on the roof, and sprays that tie red brakes.
Inside the Venue Sport, you’ll find an entire black cabinet with red accents, a distinctive set of fabric-based fabric designs. A low-flying ‘butterfly wheel’ from Crete, by contrast, guess, red. Other than that, the Area still has all the well-equipped, high quality, though not very open, compatible with SUV.
How do you run a Hyundai Venue iMT?
Even after years of driving, it is certainly something new. You should be neutral to start the car, as in the case of AMT, and once you have install it first and remove your foot from the brakes, the steering wheel will move forward without squeezing, as if you are going to step down and hold the manual carefully.
At first you find your left foot pulling the head to press the pedal. But soon you will learn to attach it to a dead base, as you would with a car. It will start with a second gear if you are in a flat position, but try and start in third or higher. You will get a big beep and a warning in MID to switch to lower gear. Similarly, if you accidentally leave in high gear and allow for very good revs. You will get the same warning, but still it will not stop, as we will eventually catch the clutch.
The process is extremely smooth with normal driving speed. You tend to lift the throttle every time you make a change, but it doesn’t have to. It will allow you to change gears with a pinch squeezed completely down. But in that case, you will be met with a drop in revs. Short break in acceleration as the clutch loads, and other resistance from the gear lever. You can see that it is not a good way to do things, and raising shifts is just as smooth.
Simply leave it for the first or second time and remove the brakes to continue. Using the compressor if necessary – and that’s where it looks like an automatic gearbox. Your left leg will thank you after a long, crowded journey.
Where it is interesting to start resting on the slope, is where some AMTs can be caught. In iMT, however, because software, sensors and actuators should only work clutch inputs and not gearshift, it works much better. With a gentle gradient, you can easily get out of the brakes and squeeze in without the car coming back. This variation is high, however, with Hill Assist Control. So it will be interesting to see how small variations work without it.
Should you buy it?
Price certainly plays a big role. The differences are not the same, but while the DCT car costs somewhere between Rs 50,000-1,10,000 more than the manual. The iMT costs only Rs 15,000 more than the manual. With that little premium, the chance you get, especially in slow traffic, is huge. In fact, the cousin of Venue, the Kia Sonet, has pre-configured a fully automatic gearbox with its 1.0 T-GDi engine, giving you only the iMT and DCT options.
Interestingly, although it is a very expensive technology, Hyundai offers DCT in low S trim at a low price (Rs 9.65 lakh), while MT is offered only on a high SX boat onwards, from Rs 9.99 lakh, which further confuses its position.
For others, the iMT will be the best in both countries, giving you manual gear-like controls. As well as easy-to-use car with clutch pedal shortages, and all at a low price. For some, it may be a matter of ‘no here or there’, choosing the purity of the right brochure or making the price jump to a full DCT car to make it easier to keep driving. Will this exciting new tech become popular or fail? Only time will tell.