The manual transmission has endured more than a century of attempts to replace it, but with Hyundai’s recent innovation, things are really getting interesting. The Korean brand’s upcoming intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT), which features a row-it-yourself gear selector but no clutch pedal, will debut with India’s Venue crossover SUV, replacing the traditional pedal with an automated hydraulic clutch release system that takes away most of the burden of working a manual transmission in daily traffic.
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This new manual will be even safer once they offer it in paddle shifters. [couldn't resist]
Intriguing oddball development. Not sure if "saves your knees" is enough for North America for it to be relevant? I'd be interested in someone attempting an unbiased pro/con of this vs. other shifter interface + transmission type options (i.e., who best gets use out of minimal gear automatic dial shifter vs 6 speed manual with stick and clutch pedal, etc. --there is a lot of conventional combos out there now without even going to obsolete 3 on the tree and such).
We kind of already know that the daily commuter grind is the reason most vehicles are not of the manual/stick/clutch pedal persuasion?