In April, a report was released indicating that only 41 new car models in the United States were offered with a manual transmission. That’s 327 in total, which corresponds to only 12.5% of the total population of new cars. In other words, three-pedal cars are becoming a minority, and we expect it to decrease further in the years to come.
In India, however, cars with manual transmissions will get a version with only two pedals. This is specific to Hyundai and Kia, with a report of India Coach saying that a new breed of stick changes will debut in the Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet.
According to the Autocar report, Hyundai has announced that a new variant for the place will arrive in July, which will come with a so-called Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) – a manual gearbox but without a clutch pedal. It is not without clutch per se, because the clutch for this new type of transmission will have an automatic actuator.
So how does it differ from the automated manual transmission (AMT)? While AMT and iMT work similarly in principle, the new iMT leaves the gear shift to the driver through a conventional H gear shift.
However, the two should have the same abrupt changes as those dreaded in cars equipped with AMT. In addition, you don’t need to take your foot off the accelerator when you shift gears in the iMT, but it will make shifting smoother.
The most important part of Hyundai’s iMT is probably the “intention sensor” that comes with the gear lever. The system detects the driver’s intention to change gears, which then sends signals to a transmission control unit (TCU). The TCU will then engage a hydraulic actuator and disengage the clutch plate while the driver changes gear.