Hyundai India will enter an all new SUV segment with the launch of Venue SUV on 21st May. The sub 4 meter SUV made its global debut on board a cruise ship earlier this month, but now it has been spotted undisguised for the first time on a public road.
Hyundai Venue is loaded with features, out of which several will be segment firsts. It gets a rectangular front grille design as against the signature cascading grille seen on newer Hyundai cars, including the 2020 Creta. It also gets a sunroof, vertically stacked headlamps with LED DRLs and turn indicators.
The video below shows new Hyundai Venue being tested on a highway by Youtube channel BMC HD Videos. It is seen wearing steel wheels which are finished in black. They are wearing rim covers, which make the wheels look like alloys. This could be the base variant of Venue, which is expected to be priced from Rs 8 lakhs, ex-sh.
Hyundai Venue interiors have been accentuated with a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a long list of segment first features. The BlueLink infotainment system 8” touchscreen commands a place on the dashboard and includes 33 connectivity features, 10 of which have been developed specifically for India.
These features have been included into the system as a part of buyer’s demands while also taking into account the road conditions in the country and need for safety, both where driver, vehicle and pedestrians are concerned. BlueLink includes services such as Vehicle Theft Tracking and Immobilization, panic notification, share destination, remote control functions such as engine start/stop, automatic climate controls, door lock and unlock and comes in with a Vodafone SIM and Cloud based Voice Recognition platform from Global Artificial Intelligence company.
To educate both sales personnel and customers in these connectivity features, Hyundai will train a team of 615 BlueLink Wizards who will then on impart training to over 10,000 sales consultants at Hyundai dealerships and service points across the country. There will also be a Blue Link Simulation app installed at all dealerships to allow customers to get a better understanding of these connected car services.
Powering the Hyundai Venue are two petrol and 1 diesel engine options. The entry level variants are powered by 1.2 liter petrol engine, which is also seen on board the Grand i10. This engine delivers 83 PS and 114 Nm. It is mated with 5 speed MT. Then there is 1.4 liter diesel engine, which is also seen powering the Verna and Creta. This engine delivers 90 PS and 220 Nm via 6 speed MT. Top of the line Venue variant will be powered by 1 liter 3 cyl engine. It delivers 120 PS and 171 Nm. Transmission options include 7 speed DCT and 6 MT. Launch price range expected is Rs 8-12.5 lakhs, ex-sh.