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Hyundai Venue Spied Undisguised; Interiors Leaked, Automatic Turbo Petrol Confirmed


Being dubbed as the country’s first ‘Smart Connected’ SUV, the Hyundai Venue gets premium interiors and mini Creta-like exteriors

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Hyundai Venue
  • Features massive cascading grille, bumper-integrated headlamps.
  • Gets 16-inch alloys on the top-spec variant.
  • Gets premium interiors with a chunky steering wheel, and a floating infotainment display.
  • Automatic variant, with an all-new 1.0-litre turbo petrol confirmed.

Hyundai’s upcoming sub-4 metre SUV, the Venue, is all set to make its global debut on April 17 and for the very first time the all-new Vitara Brezza rival has been spied without camouflage in India. Leaked online in a set of pictures possibly at a dealer yard, these provide a small glimpse of the uncamouflaged exteriors along with more details on the Venue’s interiors.

Two different cars have been spotted in the latest spy pictures, which have surfaced just a day after the carmaker revealed the Venue’s ‘smart connected’ features. And what is clearly evident from the exterior shots, is the mini Creta-like design theme that Hyundai had said it would employ for the new Venue.

Equipped with an evolved version of Hyundai’s massive cascading grille up front, flanked by a set of bumper integrated projector headlamps with DRLs, the Venue gets a pretty muscular front facia. And as expected, the chunky sub-4m SUV is highly inspired from the Carlino concept showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo.

Hyundai Venue

As seen in the images, the Venue also gets a faux skid plate up front along with premium looking silver inserts around the fog lamp housing and the front bumper. While the Creta also gets a similar treatment up front, the Venue’s design is more encompassing (similar to what we have seen on the new Endeavour).

The spy shots also reveal that the Venue will get 16-inch dual-tone alloys shod with 205/60 rubber, at least on the top-spec variant (pictured here).

As reported earlier, the Venue has a wide stance and boxy design, with squarish tail lights at the rear and a rather upright tailgate. Also spotted at the rear is the Turbo badge on one of the Venue models, suggesting that the compact SUV will be available with the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is rumoured to make around 120PS and 170Nm of torque. It is likely to come mated to an all-new 7-speed DCT auto gearbox, a first for any Hyundai in India. The other engines likely to be on offer are the 1.4-litre diesel from the Elite i20, along with another 1.4-litre petrol, from the Verna.

Hyundai Venue

Coming to the interior, the spy pictures (likely of the petrol AT variant) reveal a feature-loaded cabin. It gets a chunky steering wheel with multi-function buttons and a similar layout as seen on the 2019 Elantra (available in global markets). Along with infotainment and telephone controls on the left, it features speed selection and cruise control buttons on the right hand side.

It gets what looks like a floating 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display at the centre of the dash, flanked by aircon vents, which also feature premium silver bezels. The Venue also gets a single-zone automatic climate control along with a 12 Volt socket, and two USB ports, with one for fast charging. A digital MID screen seems to be positioned between the tachometer and the speedometer. The key fob, placed in the centre storage compartment, features a four-button layout, instead of the regular three-button setup on other Hyundais. While it will feature the standard lock, unlock and boot release buttons, it is not clear what the fourth button will be for. A similar key fob, with the fourth as a panic button for emergencies, was available with the discontinued Sonata.

Hyundai Venue Interiors

Hyundai will officially reveal the Venue in India on April 17, alongside the global reveal at the New York International Motor Show. With the launch slated for May 2019, the Venue will take on the likes of the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, the recently launched Mahindra XUV300 and the segment leader Vitara Brezza. Likely to be priced in the range of Rs 8 to 12 lakh, the Venue is being pitched as the country’s first ever truly connected SUV. It will not only get an embedded SIM along with a host of segment-first connectivity features, it will also have advanced safety features, which could help it stand apart.

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