Seems headed for the larger more powerful engine, which makes sense.. Nothing wrong with the dry setup used currently.. The wet systems have their downsides too.. many prefer the more positive engagement of the dry system.. but the wet clutches can handle more power/heat..I read that Hyundai might have tweaked or updated the Kona DCT's for 2020 based on customer feedback. Perhaps moved to a "wetter" design? Can anyone corroborate this?
Well don't miss out on a good thing.. The current DCT used on the Kona is excellent !! There is some circumstances where initial engagement can be "uneven" which can make some people take notice.. but for those who drove a manual for some time will appreciate how good the DCT really is.. Push the car and the DCT shifts quick and crisp.. drive normal and its smooth and transparent.Thanks for your input. There does seem to be a bit of dissatisfaction with the current dry DCT, hard to know if this stems from user unfamiliarity or something else. As a lifelong manual shifter I find the concept of the DCT to be an interesting compromise but some reviewers and owners aren't crazy about the occasional 'gruff' starts especially in 'slow & go" traffic and from what little I understand a wet DCT would address these gripes as well as you mention more power and heat. Personally I'm holding out until they (hopefully) release an "N" version maybe with a 3rd pedal but as an older driver in Austin the idea of a DCT has some merit. Plus the "N" might come in above my pay grade so...more will be revealed.
The Kona is said to get the new wet clutch DCT that should be in the 2021 Kona. You already have a version of the clutchless shifter, just use manual mode in your DCT right now.This may be what Hyundai has in mind for the next series of Konas - a 6-speed clutchless manual transmission!
The Intelligent Manual Transmission system operates just like a normal manual transmission, but has a computer-controlled clutch.www.cnet.com