Kia in seventh heaven
ONE of the main questions asked at the recent launch of the new Hyundai i20 was why such old-fashioned transmissions, especially a four-speed autobox?
The latest news from Hyundai’s sister brand Kia, serves to reassure Hyundai loyalists: Soon there will be a modern seven speed available.
Kia on Monday announced a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission (DCT) for the cee’d GT Line. Thanks to our weak rand, the cee’d is not available in SA but chances are that the new fuel efficient 1.0 T-GDI engine matched to this seven-speed DCT transmission will be sold here not too many months after its global launch at the Geneva Auto Show next week.
The new DCT can transfer up to 300 Nm without bending out of shape. It has two shafts, like the sequential shift transmission in VWs, with a hollow shaft to engage the even gears and a solid shaft that runs through the middle to operate the odd-numbered gears.
The new transmission was developed inhouse by KIA’s research and development teams at its Namyang, Korea R&D centre.
Kia’s seven-speed gearbox shows the Korean take on the sequential gearbox made popular by VW.