The new Hyundai iMT or Intelligent Manual Transmission now comes as an option with the Venue compact SUV from Hyundai Motor India. The iMT is an industry first and it is for the first time a passenger vehicle in India has come out with such a transmission.
The Hyundai Venue comes with three engine options: a 1.2 litre Kappa Petrol which has again, only an option of a 5-speed manual transmission. Then we have the 1.0 litre Kappa Turbo GDi Petrol engine which has an option of a 6-speed manual transmission, a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission or DCT and the new 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission or iMT. The third engine option available is the 1.5 l U2 CRDi Diesel which only comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The iMT has been provided only for 1 litre Kappa turbo petrol engine variants that include SX and SX (O). Both these variants again have an additional variant that goes by the name Dual Tone (Sport). Thus in total there are four variants that come with this new iMT.
How does a Dual Tone (Sport) differ from its counterpart? This Dual Tone (Sport) variant has a few sporty elements that are clearly marked in red. It’s all over the car, both inside as well as outside in tiny bits whether it is the dash of red on the wheel arches, red brake calipers for the front discs, the plus sign in red on the front grille, the red line running across the bottom of the door, a dash of red on one side of the roof rails, etc. As you move inside, you get to see the red bits on the air conditioner knobs, the air vents both in front and rear, the seats, the steering wheel cover, the gear knob cover stitching, door panel stitching, etc. Apart from the words ‘Turbo’ and the variant name displayed at the rear of the vehicle, for the Sport variant you also get a neat ‘Sport’ name plate on the C-pillar.
MANUAL, AUTOMATIC & IMT
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