Hyundai’s upcoming sub-4 meter SUV, the Venue has got all the attention it needs right now. This is the first time that Hyundai is going to launch a vehicle in the fast-growing sub-4 meter SUV segment and though it is quite a late entry, the company has equipped the Venue to the brim with features to make up for that. It was already in public knowledge that the Indian reveal of the car will happen on 17th of April, 2019, which is also the date of its public reveal at the 2019 New York Motor Show. However, now reports suggest that Hyundai will launch the venue sub-4 meter SUV in India on 21st of May, 2019. That makes the launch around a month and a half from now.
The Hyundai Venue was earlier rumoured to be named as the Styx but that didn’t turn out to be the case. Design wise, the Venue borrows a lot from the Hyundai Kona. The front headlight and LED DRL placement are unique for a Hyundai car in India. As for the side body profile, the Styx looks a lot like a scaled down Creta. It runs on stylish precision cut dual-tone alloy wheels that look pretty good. The rear end sports the Venue badge at the centre while the tail lights are small squared units, resembling the units on the Volkswagen Polo to some extent. Overall, the Hyundai Venue seems to be a handsome looking car, though that teeth braces grille could be improved.
As mentioned already, Hyundai is going to pack the Venue with a ton of features and it will also be India’s first connected car. Hyundai’s cars have always been known to be high on features but this time around the company had decided to take the game up a few notches. It will come with Hyundai’s ‘BlueLink’ connected technology. The SUV will come with a total of 33 connectivity features, out of which 10 will be India specific. Some of the features that BlueLink will offer in India are geo-fencing, speed alerts, SOS, panic notifications, destination sharing, and road-side assistance apart from many others. In India, the car will get an eSIM from Vodafone-Idea that will be utilised for various first-in-segment features in the Venue.
As for the engine, the turbo-badged version of the Venue will likely to get powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. Other engine options on the Venue will be the 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine from Verna. When launched here on 21st of May, the Venue will rival the likes of the Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and the Ford Ecosport among others as its chief competitors. Maruti Suzuki is currently ruling this segment with the Vitara Brezza and it will be interesting to see if the Hyundai can end its supremacy in the segment.