Hyundai India, which launched the all-new Hyundai Venue in India, has announced that the much-awaited subcompact SUV has already bagged around 15,000 bookings. In addition to that, the South Korean carmaker has said that over 50,000 enquiries have already been made for the car and the response is overwhelming. Bookings for the Hyundai Venue were commenced last month in April 2019. Given that the subcompact SUV segment is among the trending ones, the response for the Hyundai Venue was something we had foreseen. Considering that Hyundai received 2000 bookings after the very first day that it kick started bookings, were clear signs that the Venue was certainly in demand.
Prices for the new Hyundai Venue start at Rs 6.50 lakh for the base petrol version, going up to ₹ 11.10 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom India) for the range-topping automatic variant. However, Hyundai Venue on road price goes approximately up to ₹ 7.34 lakh to Rs 12.95 lakh (on-road Delhi). The Venue is available in both petrol and diesel engines with the petrol being offered with the dual clutch transmission.
The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor churns out 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a dual-clutch transmission while a six-speed manual is also on offer. There's also the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol mill belting out 82 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque, which is paired with only a 5-speed manual transmission. Lastly, the 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel produces 89 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A diesel automatic is not on offer.
The Venue looks small yet butch and there is a resemblance to the Creta too at the sides. The sub 4-metre SUV comes with faux cladding on the bumpers and the sides for the brawny appeal, even as the SUV is urban in its appearance riding on 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The Venue is offered in five variants, seven monotone colours and three dual-tone colour options.
But the big USP of the Venue is the 'Connected Car' tag and that too India's first. he Venue that comes from the embedded eSIM for the connected tech that Hyundai calls BlueLink. The new feature offers access to functions like remote start, climate control, geofencing, SOS alert, Indian-accented English voice assist system and much more. The eSIM is powered by Vodafone-Idea and data will be offered for free for the first three years.