Hyundai Venue recently got a new Sport trim as well as iMT with petrol turbo
Hyundai Venue has been one of the most popular sub-4 metre compact SUVs in its segment. So much so that it even managed to beat the segment leader, Maruti Brezza in sales for multiple months. Now, Venue is getting ready to take on its own cousin, Kia Sonet – which will launch next month.
Even though this segment is filled with heavyweights, the Venue has been able to hold its fort mainly because of its competitive price offering, the feel-good features it offers and the number of options. The number of options for customers to choose from recently increased when Hyundai introduced the iMT gearbox in Venue. For the uninitiated, iMT stands for ‘intelligent manual transmission’.
Now, the South Korean manufacturer has released a commercial about the same on its official YouTube channel. The video merely mentions the addition of a new Sport variant with the inclusion of a new iMT gearbox and what all it offers in this new variant. Spec-wise, the Sport variants are no different than their standard counterparts.
The iMT gearbox is only offered with the 1.0-litre turbo GDi petrol unit and starts at a price of Rs 9.99 lakh and goes up to Rs 11.20 lakh (both prices mentioned are ex-showroom). The iMT is essentially a ‘clutchless’ manual transmission which allows you to manually shift through different gear ratios without having to press the clutch pedal. We have already discussed how the iMT gearbox works.
Details of the Sport Trim
The Sport trim is offered on two powertrains- the 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit and the 1.5-litre diesel engine and its range starts from Rs 10.20 lakh and goes up to Rs 11.58 lakh (both prices mentioned are ex-showroom). The visual changes in the Sport variants include the red accents on the front grille and wheel arches. It can also be spotted in the side skirts and the brake callipers as well. Even on the interior as well, one can spot the red accents on the AC vents and knobs. In addition, it also gets red stitching on the seats as well as on the steering wheel.
Apart from this, there are no other changes in the Sport trim. The power outputs of the engines remain identical as well as the features on offer. The Sport trim is offered in SX, SX+ and SX(O) variants. Currently, the iMT gearbox is only offered on the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit but it could be later added to the diesel as well as the naturally aspirated petrol unit on gauging consumer’s response.
The Venue goes up against strong contenders in the sub-4 metre SUV category which include the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport. In coming days, it will face very stiff competition from its South Korean cousin- the Kia Sonet.