We get behind the wheel to test it Sirish Chandran, Editor, evo India Now all that Kia needs to do is to price the Sonet aggressively. The system is operated by you shifting the gears like in any manual transmission vehicle. Intelligent Manual Transmission or iMT Explained Hyundai Motor India announced that the Venue with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine will get a new transmission option, which is called the intelligent manual transmission or iMT. The Hyundai Venue has been one of the best-selling compact SUVs in the country and there is good reason for it. July 16, 2018 - The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback's six-speed manual transmission option is perhaps the best stick shift out there for learners. The information readout has a rich display and the rest of it too looks very symmetrical. The design to begin with, in true Kia fashion is best called sporty. Now that’s a long list. - The Venue iMT will be launched in July, 2020. The second thing is how often the on-board computer gets it right as to when it should upshift or downshift, that too is eliminated because it is the driver that decides when the shift has to happen. First, let’s talk about the Hyundai Venue itself. Re: Hyundai Venue iMT Review : Intelligent Manual Transmission without a clutch pedal Two weeks back, I had a great test drive experience of the Venue SX iMT. The transmission will still work the clutch even if you keep the pedal pinned and not lift your foot off, but then the shift operation is slightly less smooth. This makes the Sonet look wider. The top variants come with a premium 7-speaker Bose sound system (which sounds awesome), a sunroof, an air purifying system complete with bacteria protection, ventilated front seats (which we would have preferred to be a little more intense), remote starting feature, front parking sensor, wireless smart phone charging (we loved the positioning of the rubber lined unit), LED mood lights and six airbags amongst others. Kia will also launch a multitude of variants at various price points. Rev it up and acceleration is impressive. However we would have liked a slightly brighter display. The DCT-equipped Venue is the slowest in … Unlike its sibling the Hyundai Venue, it is stiffer and at the same time handles bad roads with ease. The system is operated by you shifting the gears like in any manual transmission vehicle. It is smooth and being clutch free is easy to drive. This review is strictly about the Venue turbo’s (IMT) auto-clutch manual transmission, which is a new piece of tech for India. The engine is mated to a six-speed iMT gearbox that combines the performance from a manual transmission with the ease of a 2-pedal transmission. Downshift and the system catches on. Adding to it are the Drive modes which can be set to Eco, Sport or Normal. Yes, this sounds like quite a lot but in real-time, this transition of releasing the clutch and engaging it once again is seamless and as a result, the gear shifts feel extremely intuitive. The first was the Sonet powered by the 1.0-litre turbo petrol mated to the six-speed iMT. All you have to remember to do is lift your foot off of the accelerator pedal while shifting gears, as you would in a manual gearbox, for a smoother operation. Marketed as iMT or an ‘Intelligent Manual Transmission’, the gearbox sure has generated a lot of curiosity … The Hyundai Venue 1.0-litre turbo has got itself a new transmission in the form of an iMT transmission, which stands for Intelligent Manual Transmission. However with three at the back, things can get a little tight. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com). A host of engine choices also ensure that there is a Sonet for everyone’s fancy. I know that’s a lot of abbreviations, but this one stands for Intelligent Manual Transmission. Here's why. The diesel engine can be paired with a 6MT or a 6AT! The system shift through the gears rather smooth and there are no jerks felt through the shifts. And for a small premium of Rs 20,000, this package is fantastic value for money. The LED tail light clusters are joined in by a reflective light bar. And as far the driving experience is concerned, well, it really does make your life simpler because it is taking away the effort of operating the clutch pedal. The iMT is a unique clutch less transmission system. In these tough pandemic times is there is one segment which is keeping the energy levels high, it has to be the SUVs, especially compact SUVs. Today we have the Hyundai Venue with us which comes with an iMT transmission. Phew! The bumper gets red accents and a twin tail pipe outlet like design. We won’t go much into details because we have already reviewed this car but what you need to know is that the iMT transmission in the Venue comes with the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The steering too is light and easy to operate in tight city spaces. So let’s start with the iMT first. It also responds to voice commands and yes the system recongnises Indian accents. The gear shifting was easy and smooth, and I drove it on Mumbai’s Link Road traffic with heaps of metro construction sites, and barely felt any annoyance or irritation. We shall explain the working of the iMT technology to you in this story. The iMT is a perfect weapon for city drives. At the back the Sonet’s design looks even more ravishing. 2020 Hyundai Venue iMT. But the transmission has caused issues for many Toyota owners. To give you a reference, the DCT gearbox that also comes with this 1.0-litre engine costs about 1.15 lakh more than the equivalent manual variant. The bonnet line too is high up much in sync with SUV designs. The Sonet also comes with Kia UVO connectivity package as a result of which one can give voice commands to the vehicle. The moment the gear lever slots in the correct position, the clutch is engaged once again and you have the drive. The iMT offers you the joys of a stick shift without having to go through the pains of clutching. At the back, there is plenty room for two. The front end design looks ravishing with those wild DRLs glowing bright within the projector headlamp console. Then there is a 1.5-litre diesel too. The internals of the iMT are the same as a manual transmission, albeit with the addition of an electronic sensor and elimination of the clutch pedal. Transmission iMT … Just as it is with manual gearboxes. The engine is smooth too and refinement levels are high. With the introdution of iMT technology in Venue, Hyundai is offering revolutionary new, clutch pedal-free iMT technology on its 1.0 turbo petrol BS6 engine mated to 6-Speed Manual Transmission that features an electro-mechanically actuated clutch. We won’t go much into details because we have already reviewed this car but what you need to know is that the iMT transmission in the Venue comes with the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. That begins with the Ceed hatch and Xceed crossover with the … The 6MT also offers world-leading transmission efficiency *, while the use of iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) controls, which automatically adjust engine rotations when changing gears, ensures smooth gear shifting―free of uncomfortable recoils―for the driver. Since the Venue and Sonet share the powertrains and transmissions, you can expect the Sonet turbo petrol with ACMT … Now let’s get to the features offered in the Sonet and it’s a long list. Having said, the Hyundai Venue 120 PS 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine is now offered with a 6-speed iMT in addition to a 6-speed MT and a 7-speed DCT option. It looks splendid and at the same time has a comprehensive equipment list. Hyundai India has introduced a new ‘intelligent Manual Transmission’, or iMT for short, with the Venue. So how this mechanism works, simply put, is that the gear lever has a sensor that senses your “intent” of wanting to shift from the current gear that your car is in. So think of the iMT as being a perfect middle ground between a manual and an AMT gearbox. * As of February 2018 (Toyota Motor Corporation) Key technologies / performance You see, we judge automatic gearboxes by several criteria but one of the most prominent ones is the amount of “head nod” that a driver gets while the gears are shifted by the car. It’s debuting with the Hyundai Venue, not the Kia Sonet as we were expecting given their announcement at the Auto Exo 2020, and we’re going to tell you why this gearbox technology is really nice irrespective of which car it first came in. There is generous headroom and leg room too is good. Acceleration provided is splendid too and as it is a manual, one can exploit the power of the trubo petrol engine even better. The system is fully loaded and can connect to your phones and also operate a multitude of functions. Re: Hyundai Venue iMT Review : Intelligent Manual Transmission without a clutch pedal Great coverage, the amount of points you have covered just for a new gear box is extraordinary. However there is no clutch to operate. So basically, it is impossible to stall this car. However, the USP of this variant is the iMT. The boot on the other hand offers 392 litres of cargo space which can be further increased by folding the rear seat back. It matches the engine and road speeds automatically. The front bumper houses the fog lamp unit and overall the contrasting colours make it look imposing. In profile the large 16in alloys take centre stage and so does the flared wheel arches. Things like navigation, AC and a plethora of other operations can be done via voice commands. Also watch our video review of the Hyundai Venue iMT below. We also were able to sample the gas/electric Corolla, … The Venue IMT SX(O) is priced at Rs 11.08 lakh ex-showroom. Other than that, the car comes with creep functionality so driving in traffic is no problem at all and in case you do slot the car into the wrong gear, like going to fifth instead of third at slow speeds, the instrument cluster display will tell not engage it and instead ask you to select the correct gear. So, what exactly is the iMT? The only thing you have to decide is how badly you want to have control over the gearshifts and want to do it manually because, at the end of the day, you will be changing gears, unlike a proper automatic gearbox where both your left hand and the left leg can rest and let the car do its thing. You have the gear lever of a manual transmission so you can select the gears manually and it doesn’t have a clutch pedal. The buttons are designed again in a symmetric manner which makes it very pleasing to the eye. (Image: Nishant Jhamb), We got to try out the Kia Sonet powered by the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to the 6-speed iMT. Talking about symmetry, have a look at the AC controls. Speaks volumes about why teambhp is the best. In simple words, it is a ‘clutchless manual’ transmission and it’s as simple as that sounds. The combination of the iMT and the turbo petrol makes this variant ideal for Indian driving conditions. The iMT is a unique clutch less transmission system. With the negated efforts of the driver, it can thus be much more efficient than manual gearboxes. - The regular manual counterpart will continue to be on sale. The iMT debuts on models with the automaker's Smartstream 48-volt MHEV powertrains. At this time the clutch is engaged and there is no forward motion. Sure, Toyota may state that it lowers a vehicle's fuel requirements. Beyond the basics, the biggest news for the six-speed has to be the iMT (“intelligent Manual Transmission”) feature, which will automatically blip the throttle on downshifts, rev … However make no mistake as the Sonet clearly has a very different identity. The grille on this GT Line version gets chrome and red accents and what we loved is the amount of detailing within. .embed-container{position:relative;padding-bottom:56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%;}.embed-containeriframe,.embed-containerobject,.embed-containerembed{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;}. This is basically a manual gearbox but without there being a clutch for you to operate. Hyundai also claims that the iMT gearbox will not compromise on fuel efficiency and performance. There is a 1.0-litre turbo charged petrol followed by a 1.2-litre petrol. Talking about space, the Kia Sonet offers ample room up front. It takes a couple of minutes to adjust to because you will be going for the clutch pedal by habit, but it’s fairly simple to adapt to. So remember this price equation as we tell you more about the gearbox. In essence, the iMT could be best termed as a hybrid of a manual and automatic transmission, where you still need to slot in gears manually however there isn’t the need of a manual clutch input. Which means you get manual control but also can rest your left foot. And both of these things combined change the driving experience quite a lot. The Kia Sonet is based on the same platform which is used by the Hyundai Venue. I really like it and I only hope to see this in more cars in the coming future. For reprint rights: Syndications Today. The instrument panel is a mix of digital and analogue displays. The company stated that 46 per cent of this demand was for the Intelligent Manual Transmission, 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission and of course the 6-speed automatic. As far as transmissions are concerned, one can choose between the automatic DCT, the iMT and also a 5-speed manual. The Kia Sonet is available with a plethora of engine and transmission options. The Kia Sonet comes with a sporty and muscular design. For our drive we go a choice of two engine and transmission systems to try out. Then there are the usual glitzy bits like scuff plates and a smart bumper design which makes it look as if the Sonet comes with twin tail pipes. So there you have it, that is the iMT transmission for you and if you haven’t guessed it already, well, I really enjoyed driving this gearbox. And to remind you of the numbers, the engine makes an impressive 120 PS power and 171 Nm of torque. The system is also easy to operate on the go. Just a few months back, Hyundai introduced the new “clutchless manual transmission” dubbed the iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) to its Venue in the Indian market. (Image: Nishant Jhamb). Body roll is also well controlled and the ground clearance seems ample to take on Indian road conditions. KIA believes that its clever new iMT system will deliver a modest reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and the figures and our early drive show promise. The system shift through the gears rather smooth and there are no jerks felt through the shifts. The iMT technology is very different from the Continously Variable Transmission (CVT) or the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). You can have this transmission in multiple variants with this engine, but this is the only engine option that gets this transmission. The other thing is that in case you have made a false move of shifting to higher gears, the system beeps and a info comes up on the display asking you to downshift. Dubbed as an intelligent manual transmission (iMT), the gearbox will be introduced with the 120hp, 1.0-litre, direct-injection, turbo-petrol engine later this month. Hyundai Venue Turbo iMT review | Is the clutchless manual transmission better than an AMT? The iMT is not an alternative to an automatic but it is a cost-effective step to reduce one of the discomforts of a manual transmission by negating the clutch work. Hyundai Venue iMT Review | A Tryst with the Intelligent Manual Transmission “Innovation is the key to success.” And Hyundai is well versed with this fact. It’s a brand-new transmission for the Corolla, Toyota’s chief engineer Yoshiki Konishi, told me. The Sonet stays true to Kia’s ethos of being sporty and wild. The downshifts too are well controlled and while there is absence of engine braking, shifts are smooth. This happens because, well, it’s the gearbox doing its own thing and shifting gears when it feels like. Price (Ex-Delhi) Starts Rs 6.7 Lakhs. Joining this bandwagon where the Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza rule is the new Kia Sonet. Thus one solution is the iMT or the intelligent manual transmission. (Image: Nishant Jhamb), The dash design mimics the one seen on the bigger Kia Seltos. Powering the Venue iMT is a … Thanks to the good NVH packaging, the engine is barely audible within the cabin. The iMT—for "intelligent manual transmission"—button turns on the rev-matching downshift function. It’s called the Intelligent Manual Transmission. Now let’s tell you what the iMT transmission is. The IMT is a 6-speed transmission which comes without clutch. The Kia Sonet is being launched with a plethora of engine options. But in the case of the iMT, it is the driver who controls the gear shifts so we are ready for the change of inertia when the shift happens, thus completely eliminating any head movement during gearshifts. Hyundai has just released details of a new gearbox option for the Venue. The interiors of the Sonet are no less exotic. Now this is sure to make things even more interesting. In terms of the time it takes, well, it’s at par if not faster than what you would have taken by pressing the clutch lever manually with your leg and change gears in a conventional manual transmission-equipped car. It senses this by a few degrees of movement of the gear lever and when it is sure that you do indeed want to shift gears, it sends a signal to the brains of the transmission which puts things in motion to have the clutch disengaged, leaving you, the driver, free to slot the car in whatever gear you want to be in. Kia's intelligent manual transmission (imt), much like hyundai's, is really just an automatic masquerading as a manual, and this is what you need to know about it. The transmission shifts on its own; you simply select Park, Neutral, Reverse or Drive and the transmission does the rest. - It will be more expensive than a manual but cheaper than an automatic. The Kia Sonet comes with a 10.25in touch screen infotainment system. Automakers build automatic gearboxes with a wide range of gears; older models have as few as three while more recently some brands have patented transmissions with 11. Lots of storage options within the cabin. The dash design reminds one of the Kia Seltos thanks to the slab like panel which houses the large 10.25in touch screen infotainment system. So yes, while it is a clutchless manual, it is perhaps the best automatic gearbox out there right now. Coming to the refinement, well, this is where the biggest advantage of the iMT lies. The … Kia Sonet HTX+ IMT After the Venue, the Sonet will be the second car in the market to be available with the latest IMT transmission. IMT Cars Mechanism is what like any other Manual Transmission cars with same Gear Stick and yes it do come with Clutch but without any Clutch Pedal for offering convenience to driver Rather than the driving pressing clutch, an actuator device is what added which what press in clutch through sensor placed on Gear Lever It is a 6-speed transmission, which is just like a manual transmission but without a clutch pedal. The high seating position also offers a good view of the road ahead. The next thing important thing to note before we get into the drive experience is that this transmission option costs about Rs 20,000 more than the equivalent variant of the Hyundai Venue with a manual gearbox. The LED tail light clusters are joined by a reflective strip which makes it look wider. Furthermore the Sonet offers three traction control modes including snow, sand and mud modes. If you are someone like me who likes to have the input of a manual transmission’s gear lever but do not want to press the clutch lever repeatedly, especially in a situation like when you are stuck in city’s ever-growing traffic snarls. Surprisingly, the Hyundai Venue iMT is the fastest in the 0-100kmph run while the manual variant comes a close second. Using the IMT is pretty simple and to start the car, you need to keep the brake pedal engaged. Displacement 998cc. The iMT is easy to drive and takes away the burden of clutching in traffic. The Kia Sonet looks amazing in this shade of blue and the red accents just make things better. A few weeks back, Hyundai launched an all-new gearbox that grabbed the attention of a lot of people. Narrowing down further, the company said that 20 per cent demand was for the iMT variants, whereas the remaining 26 per cent was for variants with DCT/AT. Hyundai Venue 2020 Full Spec . The Sonet also boasts of a rather well tuned suspension. The Intelligent Manual Transmission (IMT) system automatically increases the engine revs when downshifting ensuring a smooth gear shift. An intelligent manual transmission is what Hyundai is calling its clutch-less manual transmission. The Sonet also gets ventilated seats. Even at standstill when the gears are deployed, there are no jerks felt. The engine feels perky on the go and offers ample power to pull through to high speeds. iMT is basically a modified manual transmission … However there is no clutch to operate. You can have this transmission in multiple variants with this engine, but this is the only engine option that gets this transmission. The first-of-its-kind clutchless manual transmission in the Hyundai Venue Turbo iMT seems like the ultimate cost-effective solution for hassle-free driving. Intelligent Manual Transmission in India. 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