Hyundai unveils compact SUV Venue, launch next month

Lloyd Doyle
April 18, 2019

The country's second largest passenger vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) on Wednesday unveiled its first connected auto "Venue" here, which will be launched on May 21. While it's been officially revealed now, the Venue will go on sale across the country from May 21, 2019. Then there's split headlamp setup with DRLs and indicators housed in the "eyebrow" while the main setup with projector lamps sits below. Hyundai also announced that the upcoming Venue SUV will come with the BlueLink Connectivity which itself consists of 33 features; 10 of which have been added specifically for the Indian market.

A slightly protruding lower apron is where you'll find contrast trim pieces that feature a plus motif on them, which is also applied on the grille mesh. Meanwhile, the detailing around the roof pillars is interesting, and the pronounced shoulder line running the length of each body side gives the Venue a substantial appearance despite its size. Around the back, the design isn't as busy as it is in the front, with the main highlight being the oval-shaped tail-lamps connected with a prominent crease on the boot. Higher variants are expected to get dual-tone alloy wheels. As for its dimensions, the Venue is 3.995mm long, 1,770mm wide and 1,590mm tall.

Same goes for the features list, but United States models do offer all the latest mod-cons that you'd expect in the segment, including a 20cm touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as driver assist features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Warning. As in, Ford EcoSport and Mazda CX-3 tiny.

Hyundai(538-KR) is hoping to make the SUV more accessible to entry-level buyers.

Still, Hyundai is counting on the Venue's target audience considering that a compromise worth making. It even supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Creature comfort will include automatic climate control, rear parking sensors and camera, et al.

To maintain a healthy balance between zippy performance and the all-important fuel-efficiency, Hyundai has equipped the Venue with three engine options - 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel which now serves the Creta as well. Transmission functionalities will be carried out by 5-speed manual (1.2L) and 6-speed manual (1.0L & 1.4L) gearbox along with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Inside the Venue, you get a new dashboard layout which does not mimic the likes of the Creta or the Elite i20. The Hyundai Venue will also be powered by a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, also churning out 100bhp.

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