iMT is a transmission system which brings the engagement of the shifting gears while smoothing out the clutch action. AMT in some ways was a technology that it was based on but as usual, technology progresses by adding things to the existing technology, iMT is made by taking out certain things from the AMT transmission. If you want to know more about how these transmissions work click here – iMT – All You Need to Know! This article will purely focus on the pros and cons of both these transmissions.
Although iMT makes the driving experience engaging, it might not appeal to a person who just wants to get over the hassle of changing gears. The AMT scores here as there is less complication with one shift for forward and one shift for reverse. It does not provide smoothest of shifts but it does keep the mind free.
There is a manual mode on most of the AMT but that too does not provide the accurate shifts that are required. Also, the AMT gets a sport mode or a lock mode which holds the gear unless the user allows to shift.
One Car For the Enthusiast
iMT is for the enthusiast. It allows extracting the full potential of the car according to the driver. While allowing the ease of driving of an Automatic in traffic. The AMT does not match the precision with which an iMT handles gear shifts.
So if you are an enthusiast you can have one car that can handle the daily office commute as well as tear up the drag strip on the weekends.
The iMT offers seamless shifts with the help of clutch sensors which trigger only when the gear is moved. Moreover, if you lift off your foot while changing gears it might be unnoticeable. This is not the case on an AMT and the car needs you to accelerate to trigger a shift. This result in a Jerky shift as the engine builds revs till the time your shift occurs and the clutch engages. Also, the crawl function on the iMT has been developed and well suited for adaptability of the driver style.
Service and Maintenance
The servicing and maintenance of the iMT will be almost similar to that of AMT. It is too early to comment on the exact service cost of an iMT but we expect slightly more electrical components that a Manual transmission. Also, the wear and tear of the transmission will depend upon the way a user shifts. There might be some of the clutch wear if the user has the habit of not letting off the accelerator while shifting.
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In terms of mileage, there is no confirm way that we can say the iMT gives better mileage. AMT does tend to give mileage which slightly lower than the Manual transmission in many cases. The iMT gains an upper hand here as it is up to the driver to decide when to shift to maximise mileage.
Lastly if we compare the cost there is no direct comparison where the AMT can be compared with iMT. It is definitely expensive than a manual transmission by quite a margin. But on the other hand, if DCT comes in the picture it is only 20,000 more than the iMT. This does raise a question if a person should actually go for iMT now or wait for this technology become more accessible.