The Indian subsidiary of the South Korean automotive giant Hyundai, Hyundai Motor India, has quietly updated its popular sub-compact SUV, the Hyundai Venue. The base E variant has been updated, and an additional E(O) variant has been added to the lineup. The updated base variant of the Hyundai Venue now comes with three additional safety features. The company has also introduced the E(O) variant, which now takes the place of the base model and does not include the three new safety features. The Venue E has been launched at Rs 7.76 lakh (ex-showroom), while the E(O) has been launched at Rs 7.71 lakh (ex-showroom).
The video of this updated base E variant of the Hyundai Venue has been shared on YouTube by Car Duniya on their channel. The presenter starts off by introducing the vehicle and mentions that the company recently updated the model with a fully digital instrument gauge cluster and 60:40 rear split seats with adjustable headrests for the middle passenger. He then adds that for the June 2023 model, the company has now added three new safety features. The first one is Electronic Stability Control, while the second and third ones are Vehicle Stability Management and Hill Assist Control, respectively.
For those unaware, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a safety feature that helps maintain vehicle stability during challenging driving conditions. It uses sensors to detect and compare the driver’s intended direction with the vehicle’s actual movement. If the vehicle begins to skid or lose control, ESC applies individual brakes and adjusts engine power to restore stability and prevent accidents caused by oversteering or understeering.
Meanwhile, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) is an advanced safety system that works in conjunction with ESC. It continuously monitors various vehicle dynamics, including steering angle, acceleration, and braking. VSM intervenes when it detects a potential loss of control, applying selective braking and adjusting engine torque to help the driver regain stability. It enhances overall vehicle control, especially during sudden maneuvers or slippery road conditions.
Lastly, Hill Assist Control (HAC) is a safety feature designed to prevent a vehicle from rolling backward when starting on an incline or hill. When the driver releases the brake pedal, HAC automatically maintains brake pressure for a brief period, allowing the driver to transition smoothly to the accelerator pedal. This prevents the vehicle from rolling backward, providing additional confidence and safety during hill starts.
The presenter in the video shows the button on the side of the steering column that can be used to turn these features on and off. He mentions that prior to this update, these features were available starting from the S variant of the car, which sits above the E variant in the lineup. He adds that for those who do not wish to spend extra money, they can opt for the Venue E(O) variant, which does not include these features and is cheaper by Rs 5,000.
The Hyundai Venue is powered by a choice of two engines – a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The car is available with a choice of two transmissions – a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT. It also has three driving modes – Normal, Eco, and Sport.