Update- Just minutes after we first published the story, a similar incident has come to light – Pankaj Gupta, another buyer of the Hyundai Venue, has found that the car that has been allotted to him has steel wheels instead of alloys. While this buyer doesn’t seem to be as shocked as the one whose details are given below, this simply goes on to show that the staff at several dealerships are simply unprepared to handle this situation. As a result of this, many buyers of the Venue have been kept in the dark so far and they end up disappointed when taking delivery of their Venue.
It’s not uncommon for carmakers in India to rejig the variants and features list. More often than not, these changes are made silently and it’s only after the first batch of updated models start reaching the dealerships that people start finding out about these updates through web reports or videos. For the prospective car buyers though, there are always the dealership executives to tell them about these updates and help such customers take an informed buying decision. Today, however, we have in front of us a case of a Hyundai Venue buyer who was kept in dark throughout the waiting period about a change that could have had large influence on his car-buying decision.
In a post on Facebook, one Sushil Kargutkar from Mumbai mentions that he booked a Hyundai Venue SX Turbo IMT variant on May 20. Back then, he was under the impression that he would get alloy wheels on his car. However, much to his dismay, finally, when his car arrived at a dealership stockyard on July 2, he found that his new prized possession is instead kitted out with steelies and wheel caps that mimic the look of an alloy wheel. Sushil states that he’s quite shocked to know about the carmaker’s decision to remove alloy wheels from the featured list as the dealership simply failed to inform him about the change.
It must be noted here that the Hyundai Venue recently received an updated variant lineup wherein the SX trim, which is easily among the most VFM models in the sub-compact SUV’s lineup, has received 16-inch steel rims instead of the 5-spoke alloy wheels that were provided earlier. Instead of the dual-tone alloy rims, the car now comes with dual-tone wheel caps that try to mimic the look of alloys. A close observation, however, is enough to figure out that these wheels are steelies and not alloys.
Other than this update, which is pretty clearly a cost-cutting measure, the Hyundai Venue SX remains untouched. That said, it is important to mention here that even though the car no longer comes with alloy wheels, it’s still priced the same. The Hyundai Venue SX has been available in two variants, one of which is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor that outputs 120PS and 172Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed IMT and a 7-speed DCT.
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