Hyundai’s next product for India, the Venue compact SUV will see a market launch on May 21, 2019. And as reported by us earlier, this new Hyundai SUV will rival the Ford Ecosport, Vitara Brezza, the Tata Nexon and the recently launched Mahindra XUV300.
Hyundai India will commence accepting online and dealer-level bookings for the Venue compact SUV from May 2, 2019.
The Venue compact SUV made its public debut on April 17, but the model showcased was the top trim. However, new spy pictures have surfaced now and they are of the entry-level Venue. The Hyundai Venue compact SUV seen in these pictures doesn't get a lot of equipment offered on the top variant that was revealed earlier.
It misses out on projector headlamps, daytime running lamps are replaced by a chrome outline, and there are no front fog lamps either. The Venue gets conventional fender-mounted turn indicators instead of the ones mounted on the wing mirrors. There's no additional trim on the doors or chrome door handles either. Also, the stylish alloy wheels of the top-spec model are replaced by steel wheels and plastic covers, similar to the ones seen on next-gen Grand i10 test vehicles.
Going by the equipment deletion on the outside, it is safe to assume that the entry-level Venue will miss out on the sunroof and the new connected touchscreen infotainment system.
As far as engines go, the Hyundai Venue will be available with three options – a 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre diesel and an all-new 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor. Gearbox choices will include a 5 or 6-speed manual, and new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic that will be available only on 1.0-litre turbo-petrol option.
Hyundai hasn't revealed the variant break-up for the Venue compact SUV. We can expect top trims to come with a sunroof, wireless charging, cruise control, keyless go and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Venue will also set the benchmark for connectivity in the compact SUV segment with its e-SIM-based Blue Link system that offers 33 functions.
Prices for the Hyundai Venue are expected to be in the Rs 8-12 lakh (ex-showroom) bracket, which could make it among the pricier models in the category.