The all-new Hyundai Venue compact SUV has just been revealed simultaneously in India as well as the USA. A global model that will be produced in multiple plants around the world eventually, the new Hyundai Venue in India will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and the Ford EcoSport. What will give the Venue a considerable advantage is the success and popularity of its bigger sibling, the Creta, currently the undisputed leader in its class. Can the Hyundai Venue deliver a similarly impressive all-round performance? Can it appeal as much when it comes to design, interiors, comfort and features? Here’s our first look at the car.
The Venue’s various design takes inspiration from the brand’s other SUVs like the Kona and Santa Fe. It gets at large honeycomb grille, split headlamps, and a general squared-off look. Further the stocky, short wheelbase look has been highlighted. The production-spec car has subtle cuts and creases along the body and end with quite a minmalist accentuated with the small squarish tail-lamps. Dimensionally, the Hyundai venue will be 3,995 mm long, 1,770mm wide and 1,590mm tall. Wheelbase is 2,500mm. Top-spec cars get a 215/60 R16.
The interiors of the Venue see a few bits previously unseen on Hyundais here. While the steering wheel and instrumentation seem like the regular Hyundai high quality fare, unique is the new centre console arrangement. New here is the layout of the infotainment and the climate control knobs with integrated displays. The colour patterns and overall theme remind us of the Creta and other Hyundai products.
The SUV will get two petrol and one diesel engine which will be mated to two manual and one dual-clutch automatic transmission in various permutations. One of the petrols, and of most interest to us, is the new Kappa T-GDI 1.0 litre turbo. This three-cylinder motor will be available in its higher output iteration, which makes 120PS and 172 Nm. This motor already does duty in cars like the i20 and Kona internationally and is now set for an India debut. This will be paired with two gearboxes, a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and a six-speed manual.
Uniquely, the Venue will also be available with the Hyundai Blue Link suite of connected car features. Using the Blue Link smartphone application one can also access various safety features like vehicle theft tracking, engine immobiliser for stolen vehicle recovery, high-speed alert, geofence alert, panic notification, location sharing and others. Additionally, one can also remotely operate functions like engine start/stop, climate control, door lock/unlock, switching on/off headlights and locating the vehicle using the BlueLink application. The owner of the vehicle can also add contacts of friends and family members who will receive an emergency notification in case of any mishap