Right, Hyundai Venue, I know the name, some more info please?
This is a new sub-4m compact SUV by Hyundai and the much awaited rival to the Maruti Brezza. Though this would not be in direct competition with the Brezza. The Venue would be more expensive and more premium compared to the Brezza and the Nexon and pose more of a challenge to the Mahindra XUV300. Hyundai is pushing for tech, features and of course the petrol automatic.
Tell me more…
For one it debuts BlueLink and would be the first ‘well-connected’ SUV with a whole range of tech for safety and connectivity. The Venue is to have an inbuilt eSim with the Vodafone network and comes bundled with 33 features. You get stuff like auto crash assistance, SOS emergency assistance, roadside assistance, alerts like emergency alert, panic alert, medical and geo-fence, stolen vehicle notification etc. There are also several remote features such as remote start/stop, remote climate control, remote horn honk and lock/unlock.
Cool, more features?
The Venue will get a sunroof, ventilated seats, climate control, cruise control, alloys, rear ac vents, as well as 6 airbags.
Any word on the exterior/ interior?
It is a more aggressive styling over the Creta, being based on the new-generation Hyundai design language. It may be under 4m but it packs a punch. There is a big Hyundai grille and big DRLs below, along with big alloys too. The interior would be Creta-inspired but with more focus on tech with enough space for 4/5 passengers.
There would be a turbo petrol 1.0l, a 1.4l petrol and a 1.4l diesel. The turbo petrol is the talking point and would be the flagship variant available with a 7-speed DCT. The car will be the first to have a 7-speed DCT auto. The diesel would be a manual-only with a 6-speed.
The car will be launched in May and the price would be Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the Creta. Thus, a price between Rs 7.5 lakh-Rs 11.5 lakh for the top-end is what we expect. That would be some stiff competition to the other compact SUVs in the Indian market.