Pick up trucks based on monocoque SUVs such as the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster are quite popular in Latin America. So, it’s come as no surprise that Brazilian automotive illustrator Kleber Silva has come up with a speculative render of a pick-up truck based on Hyundai’s smallest SUV – the Venue. Here’s his take on what a pick up truck version of the Hyundai Venue will look like, both from the front and rear.
The Venue pick up truck shows an extended wheelbase, which is something that’s essential to accommodate the dual-cab stance and the loading bed at the rear. The body has also been extended significantly to accommodate the loading bed at the rear. In terms of styling, the front end of the Venue pick up truck looks very similar to that of the sub-4 meter compact SUV version while the rear end gets total restyling.
While the tail lamp and bumper have been carried over from the compact SUV, the boot lid is much smaller and the loading bed gets a cover as well. The Venue pick up truck looks a lot more butch and muscular than the compact SUV version. The wheel wells at the rear get squared off, and this adds to the butch appeal. In future, Hyundai may just introduce the Venue pick up truck in Latin American markets as a much more affordable alternative to the Creta pick up truck. As for the Indian market, where pick up trucks are not popular, the Venue is unlikely to ever get a dual cab, pick up truck version.
The Hyundai Venue is one of India’s hottest selling pick up trucks, and it even beat the Maruti Brezza in September 2019 sales. Right from launch, the Venue has been consistently ahead of the Creta in terms of numbers, and this trend is likely to continue given the SUV’s affordable price tag and attractive variant line up. The SUV is offered with three engine options: a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol with 82 Bhp-114 Nm, a 1.4 liter turbocharged diesel with 89 Bhp-220 Nm and a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol with 118 Bhp-172 Nm. The naturally aspirated petrol gets a 5 speed manual gearbox while the turbocharged motor gets 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox options. The diesel is also a manual-only affair, with a 6 speed gearbox as standard. All variants of the Venue are front wheel driven and Hyundai has no plans to offer an all wheel drive layout on this SUV. Prices start from Rs. 6.5 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.