Hyundai has been creating waves with its upcoming compact SUV, the Venue, which has been teased, leaked and revealed partially by way of official illustrations. Sitting beneath the Hyundai Creta, the brand new Venue compact SUV will play a significant function within the Korean carmaker’s India line-up, and this has been underlined by the truth that will probably be unveiled in India and on the New York Worldwide Auto Present on April 17, 2019. Additionally, the Venue in India will tackle well-established compact SUV rivals just like the Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport.
Within the run-up to the India launch, which is predicted in mid-Could, we let you know all that we all know to date in regards to the Hyundai QXi, now formally named the Venue:
It’ll have segment-first connectivity options
With a purpose to have a novel promoting level within the compact SUV phase, Hyundai will equip the Venue with a raft of connectivity options. These segment-first options, which improve security and safety, comfort by way of remote-controlled capabilities, voice recognition and comprise location-based companies, ought to give the Hyundai an edge over rivals.
On the larger finish of the compact SUV phase, fashions just like the Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport are nicely kitted and have some segment-first options. Hyundai is predicted to match them with options like ventilated entrance seats (a primary at school), a big touchscreen infotainment (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), a sunroof, a local weather management system and extra. Security package on lower-spec Venue variants will embody twin entrance airbags, ABS, seatbelt reminders and rear parking sensors throughout the vary, whereas the top-spec is predicted so as to add seven airbags and a reversing digital camera, amongst different tech.
It shares its design language with larger Hyundai SUVs
Hyundai has the trendy Tata Nexon and the rugged Mahindra XUV300 to take care of right here, and the Venue shall be eye-catching in its personal proper. In silhouette, the Venue compact SUV appears to be like just like the bigger Creta, and that isn't a nasty factor. The nostril sports activities a brand new model of Hyundai’s cascading grille that has an oblong design as a substitute of a honeycomb one, and it will get the dual-headlamp setup seen on bigger Hyundai SUVs just like the Kona. The highest-spec Venue can even be fitted with diamond-cut alloy wheels and squarish LED tail-lights.
It’ll have a segment-unique dual-clutch computerized gearbox
One other side the place Hyundai will attempt to carve a distinct segment for the Venue is within the drivetrain division. Just like the Ford EcoSport, the Hyundai Venue will include three engine-gearbox combos – a 100hp, 1.Four-litre petrol with a 6-speed handbook, a 90hp, 1.Four-litre diesel paired to a 6-speed handbook and a 100hp/172Nm, 1.Zero-litre turbo-petrol that comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox. Whereas Ford did provide a dual-clutch computerized on the EcoSport earlier, it was changed with an economical 6-speed torque converter within the 2017 facelift.
In distinction, the Nexon and XUV300 additionally get turbo-petrol engine choices – each have 110hp, 1.2-litre motors, although the previous has a 6-speed AMT choice, whereas the Mahindra will get a diesel-AMT mixture later.
Its inside bits are borrowed from extra premium Hyundai SUVs
Primarily based on official design sketches released by Hyundai and leaked images, the Venue’s cabin has a reasonably easy look and appears to be ergonomically sound. The infotainment show sits on high of the dashboard, the central console has chunky dials for the local weather management system and the decrease half offers storage. There’s additionally a recess above the glovebox that capabilities as an umbrella holder, cubbies within the doorways and behind the gear lever for bottles and knick-knacks. The cabin can even get a large centre armrest on the entrance and adjustable headrests for the seats. Anticipate the Venue to share its inside bits with the Hyundai Creta, together with a dual-tone inside end as a substitute of an all-black one. A earlier spy picture additionally confirmed that house on the rear is beneficiant.
Venue costs to be above the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Making an allowance for the distinctive options and connectivity tech, the turbo-petrol with dual-clutch computerized mixture and Hyundai regular pricing development, anticipate the Venue to tackle the Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport with a value of Rs Eight-12 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom). The Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza sit within the decrease finish of compact SUV phase and can undercut the Venue. Hyundai Venue costs shall be introduced mid-Could, which is once we’ll know for positive how nicely the mannequin will do. Keep tuned for extra info.