Recently South-Korean carmaker Hyundai introduced a ‘clutch-less manual’ gearbox’ known as an iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission). And now, Hyundai has launched a new variant of the Venue, named Venue Sports which will feature the brand new iMT technology. Prices for the Hyundai Venue Sports start at ₹ 9.99 lakh.
Additionally, Hyundai has also added a new ‘Sports Package” on all variants up and above the SX variant alongside a new base level S+ variant.
Hyundai Venue iMT
- The Hyundai Venue iMT will ONLY be available with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine unit generating 120hp.
- The transmission will include a standard 6-speed manual gearbox while the 7-speed DCT and the additional iMT gearbox stays optional.
- Other the additional transmission option everything remains the same.
- With the addition of the iMT, Hyundai now has 3 transmission options on offer.
What is an iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission)?
- An iMT is a hybrid between a standard manual and an automatic gearbox.
- It consists of a two-pedal, clutch-less system which allows the driver to manually shift the gears, but without the need of pressing the clutch.
- The iMT uses an intention sensor integrated into the gear lever which severally informs the transmission control unit when the driver is about to switch between gears.
- The TCU then marks a signal to the hydraulic actuator which automatically engages and disengages the clutch plate according to the gear shifting pattern.
What about the new Sports package?
- Along with the iMT transmission, Hyundai has also introduced a new sports package available with the SX, SX+ and SX(O) variants equipped with either the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine or the 1.5-litre diesel engine unit.
- The exterior changes on the sports package include a new dual-tone exterior colour, glossy black front grille with red inserts, dark grey roof rails and, blacked-out intake surrounds on the front bumper, red brake callipers and additional red inserts to enhance the sporty feel on the outside.
- While changes on the inside include a new steering wheel with premium leather stitching similar to the 2020 Hyundai Creta, new dark-grey upholstery with red piping and tons of red accents around the cabin.
Hyundai Venue S+
- As stated earlier Hyundai has also added a new base-level variant S+ in its Venue line-up.
- The new variant comes equipped with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It also features a few extra upgrades compared to the S variant.
Hyundai Venue: Variant-wise Prices (Revised)
|Variant||1.2-litre Petrol||1.0-litre MT||1.0-litre iMT (New)||1.0-litre Petrol DCT||1.5-litre Diesel|
|E||₹ 6.70 lakh||–||–||–||₹ 8.10 lakh|
|S||₹ 7.40 lakh||₹ 8.46 lakh||–||₹ 9.60 lakh||₹ 9.01 lakh|
|S+ (New)||₹ 8.23 lakh||₹||–||–||N/A|
|SX||–||₹ 9.79 lakh||₹ 9.99 lakh||–||₹ 9.99 lakh|
|SX (Dual-Tone)||–||₹ 9.94 lakh||–||–||₹ 10.28 lakh|
|SX Sports (New)||–||–||₹ 10.90 lakh||–||₹ 10.31 lakh|
|SX+||–||–||–||₹ 11.36 lakh||–|
|SX+ (Dual-Tone)||–||–||–||₹ 11.51 lakh||–|
SX+ Sports (New)
|–||–||–||₹ 11.58 lakh||–|
|SX (O)||–||₹ 10.85 lakh||₹ 11.09 lakh||–||₹ 11.40 lakh|
SX (O) Dual-Tone
|–||₹ 10.94 lakh||–||–||₹ 11.50 lakh|
SX (O) Sports (New)
|–||–||₹ 11.21 lakh||–||₹ 11.53 lakh|
What about its rivals?
- With all the new bells and whistles the Venue sub-compact SUV continues to rivals the likes of the Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and the upcoming Kia Sonet who will also come equipped with the same iMT technology set to make its global debut on August 7th 2020.