The upcoming SUV from Hyundai, Venue, previously codenamed QXi, is expected to have its Indian launch in May 2019. Presented as a compact SUV that is stylish yet functional, this global product is all set to give Brezza, Nexon and the Ecosport a tough fight. Redefining the view of Indian consumers towards compact SUVs for masses, The Venue will enjoy the status of bearing segment-first-technology, especially designed for India.
Exclusivity is its USP –Venue is India’s first internet-connected compact SUV accentuating Hyundai Blue Link, providing 10 India-specific features. With this functional and integrated global technology, the country will witness a new generation of connected vehicles. Energized by Vodafone eSIM and Global AI’s cloud oriented voice recognition unit, Hyundai Blue Link is a built-in and damage proof unit, providing real connectivity among people. Vehicle-theft tracking and Immobilisation for retrieval of stolen cars are some auto sector-first features whereas speed alert, geo-fence alert, panic reporting and remote functioning are promising elements to make the model an exceptional one.
One of the interesting characteristics is the Interactive Voice Recognition to get into various English accents categorically created for consumers from different corners of India. Controlling the vehicle with one’s smart phone from anywhere is the best thing that Hyundai has introduced with the Venue. ”Push maps through call-centre” allows the driver to get in touch with Hyundai call centre and get to know more about a particular location – a feature that is certain to enthral car buyers. Offering safety, satisfaction, luxury and connectivity, the Hyundai Blue Ink will foretell a new story of smart connected cars in the country.
Price – It is expected to have a price tag of Rs 7.5 lakh in the entry level sector and top-end will be priced Rs 10.5 lakh.
Under-Hood Secret – From the three engine options, two are general power trains of both petrol and diesel having a capacity of 1.4-litres with 6-speed manual transmission. The new one to give the SUV a youthful feel is 1.0-litre turbo charged 3-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 6-speed dual clutch automatic gear box which will be a secret to the segment’s success. The petrol version promises a mileage of 17-18 kmpl while the diesel variant is set to show 20-22 kmpl indicating a decent fuel efficient capability.
Striking Design – The boxy shape is slightly modified with some significant design elements enhancing its appeal. The historical cascading grille and the bifurcate headlight pattern of Hyundai will find a place in the Venue, establishing the car maker’s trademark. The glamorous appearance is enhanced by the gentle wheel arches, muscular body language, striking body cladding and sporty rear.
Trendy Interior – The Venue has borrowed some styling cues from the Kona and the Creta. The spacious all-black inside sporting high grade materials, floating touch screen, sleek instrument cluster and the stubby steering wheel give a suave ambience and ready to offer warmth to riders. The fashion instilled themes, resilience and fluidity of the SUV will help it create a niche in sub-4-metre compact category.
So, this sizzling summer, get ready to witness a fierce battle in the compact SUV segment, once the Venue makes its debut!