With its state-of-the-art and best-in-class features, Hyundai Venue has created significant buzz in the market. Ahead of its launch, some dealerships have already started accepting bookings for Venue. Debut of Venue is later today, at 8-30 PM, on board a cruise ship, somewhere in the sea waters between Mumbai and Goa.
The excitement surrounding Venue is bound to be unnerving for rivals, who will be looking to upgrade their offering and provide more value to customers. When launched, Venue will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport.
One of the main USPs of Venue is its connected car feature, which allows users to track their vehicle in real time. Hyundai’s connected car technology is called BlueLink and it is powered by an inbuilt eSIM. Users can connect to their car via an app and access various features such as track car location, access car performance data, remote immobilization, engine stop/start, door lock/unlock, geo fencing, etc. Venue is India’s first connected car, something that customers will definitely want to try out.
Venue utilizes Hyundai’s new gen platform, which is also shared with the 2020 Creta. It gets new design philosophy, which is evident in its snazzy headlights and LED DRLs, cascading grille and diamond cut alloy wheels. Interiors have a premium appeal and sport the Tesla look with a horizontal touchscreen infotainment system. Cabin space is cosy and comfortable and all materials used appear to be of premium quality.
A monocoque SUV, Hyundai Venue will be launched in a front-wheel drive configuration. It is unlikely to get a 4×4 option. Another first for Venue is that it will be the first compact SUV to get dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). This will significantly improve driving dynamics, which will be another plus for Venue. DCT will be offered as an option alongside conventional automatic and manual transmission.
At the time of launch, Venue is expected to be offered in two petrol and one diesel trim. The 1.4-litre petrol engine is borrowed from Verna (mated to AT, MT), whereas the 1-litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, which is being launched for the first time in India, makes 110 HP and 170 Nm of torque (mated to DCT). Diesel variant is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that makes 89 HP and 220 Nm of torque (mated to MT). Expected price of Hyundai Venue is in the range of Rs 8 – 12 lakh.