Hyundai is finally entering the sub-compact SUV segment with this car, the Venue. It’s a feature and tech-laden vehicle and will be offered with one diesel and two petrol engines of which the latter also includes for the first time a GDI (gasoline direct injection) 1.0-litre turbo petrol. It will be launched in India on 21 May and ahead of the launch here is the new Venue in pictures.
The face of the Hyundai Venue is dominated by a large chrome grille while there are running lamps in the place where you would normally find the headlamps. The latter now sit on level with the middle of the grille.
In profile, the Venue, mimics many of the other latest Hyundai SUVs and has an upright stance thanks to the position of the hood and well as the rake angle of the A-pillars and C-pillars. The diamond cut alloy wheels are a unique design and will help the car stand out among the competition.
Hyundai has given the Venue an uncluttered design at the rear. The highlight of this design is of course the square LED taillights and very prominently the Venue badging on the centre of the tailgate. Take a step back and you can see the family look in the shape of the Venue’s rear hatch door.
The highlight of the cabin is the display for the infotainment system. It sits flush on the dashboard and appears to be a 7.0-inch unit. The infotainment system is one of the highlights of the car and out of the 33 features, 10 are specific for India. You can read about that here.
The centre console gets a 12V charging socket, a USB port and an additional socket to plug a wireless charger. In addition, you can also see that the temperature display has been integrated into the central dial as a part of the design.
The model on display is a top-of-the-line SX GDI petrol model. It employs a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine producing 118bhp/171Nm. It will be offered only on the top variant trims and with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic.
In addition the Venue can also be had with the 1.2-litre petrol (81bhp/114Nm) or the 1.4-litre diesel that produces 89bhp/219Nm. The former is only offered with a five-speed manual while the latter gets a six-speed manual.
The Hyundai Venue will be launched in India on 21 May and rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra XUV300 in the sub-4 SUV segment of the Indian car market.