Hyundai India has begun dispatching the Venue compact SUV to dealerships across India in full swing ahead of tomorrow’s launch. The first sub-4 meter SUV from Hyundai will rival the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra XUV300. A grey colour Hyundai Venue was recently spotted at a dealership, and this is a colour that makes the SUV looks quite classy and understated. Considering that grey is a popular colour on the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10 and the i20 Elite, expect to see plenty of Venue SUVs in this shade. The pictures also show the sides and rear of the Venue, and from the looks of it, the compact SUV is quite a handsome vehicle even without studio lights. Hyundai’s designers seems to have gotten the proportions spot on, and the SUV is a mix of butch and curvy.
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The Venue will be a global offering, and many other emerging markets around the world are likely to get it. India will be the first market where the Venue goes on sale though. Bookings have been open at Hyundai dealerships for the past few days, with very good response. Leaked prices suggest that Hyundai will take a premium pricing approach with the Venue, and that the SUV will be pricier than the Maruti Brezza – the segment’s leader by a long shot. While pricing the Venue at a premium, Hyundai will also offer enough features on the SUV, making it one of the best equipped vehicles in the segment, behind the Mahindra XUV300, which is totally stuffed with safety features and creature comforts.
The Hyundai Venue will be offered with three engines, two in petrol and one in diesel. The entry level petrol will be the 1.2 liter VTVT naturally aspirated engine borrowed from the i20 Elite and Grand i10. This motor will make 82 Bhp-114 Nm, and get a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. The other petrol engine will be a new, 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged unit with 118 Bhp-172 Nm. It’ll get two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed twin clutch automatic. The third engine on offer will again be borrowed from the i20 Elite, and will be a 1.4 liter turbocharged diesel with 89 Bhp-220 Nm. The diesel motor will be paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox. A front wheel drive layout will be standard on the Venue.
While Hyundai has no plans to offer an all wheel drive layout to the Venue, even as an option, the compact SUV will be well rounded when it comes to other features on offer. It will get 6 airbags, ABS+EBD, ESP, hill hold, speed alerts, cruise control and a whole host of other safety features on the top-end trim. Electrically folding wing mirrors, auto dimming inner rear view mirror, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cooled glove box, center arm rest for the driver and co-passenger, automatic healamps, rain sensing wipers, in-built sim card and smartphone connectivity to start the car, locate it, disable it in case of theft, operate AC, windows and sunroof, etc, will be offered. The SUV will also get an electric sunroof.