Hyundai finally revealed its sub-4m compact SUV, the Hyundai Venue that went by the codename QXI at simultaneous global premieres on April 17 in New York and off the coast of Mumbai on a cruise from Mumbai to Goa. Hyundai Venue underlies Hyundai’s strategy of loading the car to the gills when being one of the last entrants to an already crowded market segment.
On the Exterior, Like any other cars from the Hyundai Family, the Venue also follows up the same fluidic design pattern with a broad and wider grille up front which creates road presence. Hyundai Venue looks bold with an imposing large front grille and a different headlamp set-up with pleasing graphics for both the front DRLs as well as the tail lights. Which in turn looks somewhat similar to the Tata Harrier.
Detailed design elements have been added which shows attention to detail across the front and rear bumpers. The SUV has pleasing proportions and fits plum into the segment which has the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, as the most dominant player followed by the Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and the Nissan Kicks. Of course, the length of all vehicles in this segment is pre-defined but the Venue has exactly the same wheelbase as its main competitor but is slightly narrower, by 2cm.
At the Initial Launch, the Hyundai Venue will be available with two petrol engines and a diesel engine. The top of the line petrol variant is available with a 1-liter turbocharged direct injection powerplant with class-leading power and torque figures of 120bhp and 172Nm. This variant will be available with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic as well as a manual transmission. The other petrol engine will be Hyundai’s standard 1.2-liter with 83bhp while the diesel will be the 1.4-litre from the i20 with 90bhp. The 1.2-litre petrol will come with a 5-speed manual transmission while the diesel will come with a 6-speed manual. There will be no option of a diesel automatic at launch.
One of the USPs of the Hyundai Venue will be its Bluelink connectivity features accessed by three buttons on the inside rearview mirror with one for road-side assistance, another for an emergency and the third one to connect to the central call centre. The Venue will come with a factory fitted three years of pre-paid SIM that can be used only for these 33 features. One can also connect to the SUV via a smartphone and access a host of features on the car including remotely starting the engine and switching on the air conditioning.
The infotainment system interface is an 8-inch touchscreen but that is not all. The Venue will have a host of class-leading features like an electric sunroof, wireless phone charging, air purifier, cruise control as well as an option of 6-airbags on the top end variants. Hyundai Venue bookings commenced on May 2.
Class Leading Features:
- 8-inch Infotainment System with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
- 7 Speed dual clutch automatic Transmission.
- Electric Sunroof.
- Wireless phone charging.
- Air purifier.
- Cruise Control.
- Blue-link Connectivity
- One-touch on-road assistance.
- One-touch emergency button.
- One-touch call center support.
- Factory fitted SIM Card.
- Application Support.
- Remote Car Starting.
- Remote switching on the air conditioning.
The interiors of Hyundai Venue are spacious with enough space for large sized adults both in the front and the rear, one behind the other while the boot is also large. Hyundai will launch the Venue on May 21, 2019, and the compact SUV will square up against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300. Knowing Hyundai, pricing will be aggressive too.
As per the current reports, the placement of the Hyundai Venue is in the SUB-4M segment with the main rival as Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. And Hyundai Venue will be placed below its Elder brother, the Hyundai Creta. Therefore the pricing will be in the range of 8-11 lakhs. By which the petrol model starts from 8 lakhs and the diesel will range from 9 lakhs. The top end variant will be priced around 12 Lakhs Ex-Showroom. Stay Tuned for latest price updates.