Hyundai unveiled the Venue earlier this month, but it showcased it in only the range-topping configuration. Here's a spy video showing the entry-level Venue completely undisguised. This is also the first look at the new small SUV sans camouflage on the Indian roads.
The Hyundai Venue seen in the spy video does feature a two-tone cascading grille, but it gets bulb-type headlamps instead of projector headlamps, conventional turn indicators positioned on the front fenders instead of LED turn indicators integrated into the ORVMs, 15-inch steel wheels instead of 16-inch alloy wheels and a micro-pole antenna instead of a shark-fin antenna. As for the interior, the entry-level configurations should miss out on electric sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charge and much more.
Hyundai will offer the entry-level Venue likely with only a 1.2L MPI naturally aspirated petrol engine (83 PS/115 Nm) and a 1.4L CRDi turbocharged diesel engine (90 PS/220 Nm). These engines will be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed manual transmission respectively. Higher-end grade(s) will be available with a 1.0L T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine (120 PS/172 Nm) as well. In case of this engine, customers will have the option to go for a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Hyundai Venue will go up for pre-orders on 2 May. Its market launch will take place on 21 May. Expect prices to start somewhere around INR 8 lakh (ex-showroom). The new sub-compact SUV will compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and the newly launched Mahindra XUV300.