Hyundai India has launched its much awaited sub-4-metre compact SUV, the Hyundai Venue. Making its entry as India’s first connected SUV, the new offering from the South Korean automaker comes with a starting price tag of Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be available in a total of 13 options, combining 8 petrol and 5 diesel variants.
These 13 variants of the Venue come in 5 trims – E, S, SX, SX(O), and SX+ and are segregated on the basis of their engine and transmission. The three engine options available are: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.4-litre diesel. Similarly, the three transmission options include 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed DCT (Automatic).
As for the performance numbers, the 1.4-litre diesel engine is able to produce 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque with its 6-speed manual. The 1.2-litre petrol engine churns out 83 PS and 115 Nm torque on a 5-speed manual for the base variants of the Venue. The highlight, however, is the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which delivers 120 PS of power and 172 Nm of torque through a 7-speed DCT.
Apart from the drivetrains, the Venue comes with a rather aggressive price tag, considering the fact that the company is claiming it to be the country’s first connected car. The term basically entitles the connectivity features offered by the SUV, thanks to the embedded BlueLink technology. The features offered through this include remote AC on/ off, remote car lock/ unlock, remote start, climate control, Find my car, vehicle diagnostics and more. There are a total of 33 such features in the Venue.
These features are enabled by an eSIM that comes embedded in the car. Hyundai has partnered with Vodafone/ Idea for this and is promising a 3-year free data subscription for the purpose.
As for the the colour options, the Venue comes in 7 monotone colours, including Fiery Red, Star Dust, Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Deep Forest, Lava Orange and Denim Blue. Meanwhile, the dual-tone colour combinations include White with Black roof, Blue with White roof and Orange with Black roof.
At its price, it will be interesting to see the Venue take on the likes of Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300. With almost similar performance numbers, the Venue will have an edge in terms of its connectivity features. Though keep in mind that not all of the variants offer these connected car features.
Pre-bookings of the Hyundai Venue will begin from May 2, 2019.