On the occasion of the 23rd Foundation Day for Hyundai which marked their entry into India 23 years ago, the Hyundai Venue production starts and the company has just rolled off the very first Venue from the assembly line at the company’s Sriperumbudur manufacturing facility, just outside of Chennai.
The first Venue to roll off the production line was painted in the vibrant Lava Orange color which is also a new color from Hyundai for India. The car was also seen sporting the optional two-tone contrast roof option in black. The first Venue to roll off the production line also features the 1.0L, 3-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine with the new 7-Speed DCT (dual-clutch) gearbox. This is brand new engine that is coming to India.
Hyundai commenced bookings for the Venue from May 2nd, 2019 and have reported to already have received 2000 bookings just within the first day of commencing the bookings. This has shattered all previous records and really shows how well the car has been received by the Indian market.
The Venue will essentially be available in four different trim levels and 13 variants to choose from. There will be two petrol engines – a 1.0L, turbocharged, 3 cylinder engine and the 1.2L, 4-cylinder Kappa engine. There will also be a 1.4L, turbocharged, 4-cylinder diesel engine. The transmission options include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT. With three engine options and three transmission options, it is available with a wide range of configurations.
The Venue boasts of the company’s new design language that was first seen on the current generation Santa Fe. The slim LED head lamps on the top with the main headlamp cluster down below and the ‘cascade grille’ in the center, the new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language from Hyundai does justify the two words it says. It will be offered in a wide range of color options including some dual-tone color schemes too.
On the interior, the Hyundai Venue is loaded to the brim with technology like you’d expect from a Hyundai. The Hyundai Venue is India’s first connected car to sport an eSIM – or an embedded sim card which is supposed to cater to any data related functions like maps, emergency response or finding destinations. Hyundai has already tied up with Vodafone-Idea for the eSIM services and all data related services for buyers will be free till the time the warranty is applicable.
The Hyundai Venue has been launched at an introductory price of Rs. 6.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) and it tops out at Rs. 11.15 lakhs. It will take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and the Mahindra XUV300.