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Hyundai Venue iMT Launched; Gets A Host Of Updates Ahead Of Kia Sonet Launch


A variant rejig for the 1.2-litre engine and a new Sport trim for the Turbo and diesel variants with cosmetic enhancements are the major updates

 

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  • Hyundai Venue iMT launched at Rs 10 lakh.
  • Hyundai Venue iMT is around Rs 24,000 more expensive than the manual variant.
  • Sport trim adds plenty of red elements on the outside and inside.
  • New feature-loaded S+ 1.2-litre petrol variant launched at Rs 8.32 lakh.

It’s clear that Hyundai is leaving no stone unturned with the Venue ahead of the Kia Sonet’s launch. The carmaker has launched the Venue iMT at Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) and has even added a new Sport trim for select variants. The new clutchless iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) gearbox is offered with the 120PS 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and comes in two variants. It’ll be sold alongside the manual and DCT options and here’s where it slots in the Venue’s lineup:

 

Hyundai Venue Turbo MT

Hyundai Venue Turbo iMT

Hyundai Venue Turbo DCT

S

Rs 8.46 lakh

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Rs 9.60 lakh

SX

Rs 9.79 lakh

Rs 10 lakh

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SX Dual Tone

Rs 9.94 lakh

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SX (O)

Rs 10.85 lakh

Rs 11.09 lakh

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SX (O) Dual Tone

Rs 10.95 lakh

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SX +

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Rs 11.36 lakh

SX + Dual Tone

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Rs 11.51 lakh

The Hyundai Venue iMT is around Rs 24,000 more expensive than the equivalent Turbo manual variant. However, since it isn’t offered in the top-spec SX+ variant, it’s cheaper by up to Rs 42,000 when compared to the top-spec DCT version.  

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The Hyundai Venue iMT is a one of a kind SUV as it’s the first car in India to come with a clutchless manual gearbox. Basically, you will be in charge of shifting the 6-speed gearbox while the electronic sensors and actuators take care of the clutching duties. You can read more about this mechanism here. You can also watch our boss explain it in a detailed video

Sure, the joy of rowing through a manual gearbox is still there. But will it be a fun driving experience? We’ll be driving the Venue iMT soon to answer that particular question. Stay tuned. 

New Sport Trim Introduced!

Hyundai has also introduced a new sport trim for select diesel and turbo-petrol iMT/DCT variants of the Venue. Here’s how much it costs over the standard Venue: 

Variants

Venue

Venue Sport

Difference

Turbo iMT SX

Rs 10 lakh

Rs 10.20 lakh

Rs 20,000

Turbo iMT SX (O)

Rs 11.09 lakh

Rs 11.21 lakh

Rs 12,000

Turbo DCT SX+

Rs 11.36 lakh

Rs 11.58 lakh

Rs 22,000

Diesel SX

Rs 10 lakh

Rs 10.31 lakh

Rs 31,000

Diesel SX (O)

Rs 11.40 lakh

Rs 11.53 lakh

Rs 13,000

If you opt for the Sport trim, your wallet will be lighter by upto Rs 31,000 depending on the variant you pick. But for that extra money, the Venue gets a host of sporty cosmetic upgrades that are quite similar to the Turbo variants of the Creta and Verna.  

For starters, the grille is finished in black and comes with a red insert while the front bumper features a dark grey garnish. Hyundai has also added a splash of red in the brake callipers, body cladding and even the roof rails. Last but not least, there’s a Sport badge to denote that you’re driving the cooler Venue.

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The red theme continues on the inside and can be seen on the stitching of the steering wheel, gear boot and the upholstery. Even the AC vents and the accents for the climate control console are finished in red while the pedals come with a metal finish. 

This Sport trim has been introduced ahead of the Kia Sonet’s launch which is expected to feature a sportier GT Line trim with similar enhancements.  

Venue 1.2-litre Gets New S+ Variant 

Last but not the least, the 1.2-litre petrol version of the Venue gets a new top-spec S+ variant. Here’s where it slots in the Venue’s 1.2-litre petrol lineup:

Variants

Price (ex-showroom)

Venue E

Rs 6.70 lakh

Venue S

Rs 7.40 lakh

Venue S+

Rs 8.32 lakh

This new S+ variant packs in features like an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, projector headlamps, projector fog lamps and LED tail lamps.  

These updates for the Venue are quite substantial and come at a time when Kia is gearing up to launch the Sonet. A fierce sibling rivalry is expected when the Sonet hits showrooms by September. Currently, the Venue goes up against the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Soon it will have a new rival from Nissan called the Magnite.

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