It is official! Hyundai India unveiled the Venue compact SUV amidst much fanfare aboard a cruise liner. This is the first time globally that the SUV was showcased and the unveil coincided with the showcase at New York. Hyundai India also announced the launch date for the Indian market. The SUV will be in showrooms on May 21, 2019. There will be petrol as well as diesel variants on offer and Hyundai will officially open bookings in sometime.
Hyundai Venue design and details
The design of the new Hyundai Venue, for the moment, is unique. It is first of the new-age Hyundais to have the vertical cascading grille. The logo itself is a bigger unit than what we have seen on Hyundais. The headlights have a LED ring around them while the DRLs are placed on the bonnet side. The rest of the design elements look cohesive and project an upright stance that was also a part of the XUV300, Brezza and Creta design. We liked the new design element of the tail lights as well.
Inside, there is a horizontally stacked dashboard that boasts of an 8.0-inch touchscreen music system that’s placed higher up and is nestled between the centre AC vents. This will be the first fully connected car in India when it goes on sale. One can control the AC, even remote start the car and do many other things. This 5-seater also has rear AC vents.
The dimensions of the SUV are 3,995mm x 1,770mm x 1,590mm. The wheebase sits at 2,500mm. In terms of safety features, the Hyundai Venue will have dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and front seat belt warning as standard. Top trims will also get additional four airbags, TCS and Hill Hold Assist.
What are the engine options of the Hyundai Venue?
As discussed in many other articles before this, the Venue will get a choice of three engines. There is a new 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor thats good for 120PS of power and 172Nm of torque. A 7-speed dual clutch transmission or a 6-speed MT will be paired with this motor. The 1.2-litre 85PS/115Nm petrol engine from the i20 will also be used here. This motor will be coupled to a 5-speed manual. Hyundai will be using the 1.4-litre motor from the i20 again, in diesel guise. This engine is capable of pushing 90 horses and 225Nm. A 6-speed manual will be provided.
A three year, unlimited kilometre warranty will be offered on the Venue SUV. Expect the Hyundai Venue price in India to start from Rs 8 lakh and go all the way to Rs 13 lakh. It will definitely overlap the Creta but has lots of goodies to attract the small SUV customer.