This is why Hyundai opted for a manual gearbox instead of an iMT transmission

This is why Hyundai opted for a manual gearbox instead of an iMT transmission

This is why Hyundai opted for a manual gearbox instead of an iMT transmission

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The Hyundai i20 N Line rides on 16-inch alloy wheels (Image credit: Hyundai)

South Korean automaker Hyundai is known for pushing boundaries when it comes to automotive technology.

The automaker introduced the iMT gearbox in 2020, a semi-automatic option for enthusiasts who prefer manual gear control but without the hassle of a clutch pedal.

However, the company has now stopped iMT distribution after three years of operation. Here are the possible reasons.

Why is this story important?

The automatic gearbox has always been considered the number one feature in the Indian automobile industry. They are generally offered by high-end models by car manufacturers on our shores.

However, Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki have been pushing semi-automatic transmission options to make them more accessible.

The former introduced iMT as an option for those who prefer better control of their vehicles.

First, check out Hyundai’s iMT gearbox

Hyundai’s IMT stands for Intelligent Manual Transmission in the company’s language. It is basically a manual gearbox without a clutch pedal.

It uses a hydraulic actuator for the clutch, an attitude sensor, and an electronic transmission control unit.

Compared to an Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT), it requires the driver to shift gears manually, rather than relying on the gearbox to operate.

Introduced by VENUE, i20 N Line

Hyundai introduced the new-age iMT gearbox with the VENUE and i20 N Line in 2020. It was only offered with the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the compact SUV and hatchback. The transmission was cheaper than traditional torque converter or AMT options.

The gearbox caused a few breakdowns over the years

Although it provided smooth driving, Hyundai’s iMT gearbox had reportedly been plagued by a few issues over the years. Many owners have reported problems with the gearbox getting stuck.

In line with this, the overall increase in demand for reliable 5-manual gearboxes and the 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) allegedly6 led to a drop in sales of the exclusive semi-automatic option.

Hyundai replaced the iMT with a 6-speed manual option

Hyundai has now ditched the iMT gearbox in favor of a 6-speed manual transmission. The automaker reportedly said the reason for choosing a manual option is to please car enthusiasts, who prefer more tuning and control.