Hyundai Venue facelift forays into the market
Hyundai reveals the price for the Venue facelift in India, with introductory prices starting from ₹ 7.53 lakh and going up to ₹ 12.57 lakh for the top-end turbo-petrol DCT variant (all prices ex-showroom, India). Bookings are underway for a token amount of ₹ 21,000, and the brand says the waiting period for some variants has already surged to 16 weeks.
Offered in six trims, E, S, S+, S(O), SX, and SX(O), the new Venue continues to be powered by the same 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol with a 5-speed manual, a 120hp, 1.0-litre turbo petrol with iMT or 7-speed DCT, and a 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel with a 6-speed manual. However, the diesel still does not get an automatic transmission option.
The refreshed Venue gets major styling changes which include a new nose and an all-new front grille with a dark chrome finish. Whilst the main LED headlamp cluster remains the same, the internals of the LED daytime running lamps have been revised and merged with the grille in a single housing. The front bumper now hosts a wider central air intake with black contrasting trim.
The Venue also gets new 16-inch, dual-tone alloy wheels with reshaped tail-lamps that feature new LED lighting elements. These are connected to each other via a horizontally placed light bar. The rear bumper also sees styling tweaks with a new black contrasting trim with reflectors.
On the inside, the Venue facelift gets a new dual-tone black and beige interior colour scheme and new feature updates. These include a reclining rear seat, an air purifier, dual USB C-slots positioned below the rear AC vents for the rear passengers, wireless phone charger, paddle shifters and four-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, among others. It also gets a new four-spoke steering wheel from the Creta.
Coming to the tech updates, the new Venue gets a fully-digital instrument cluster with customisable themes, a heavily updated 8-inch touchscreen system with in-built navigation and overhauled software that supports 60 connected car features and over-the-air updates. Alexa and Google Voice Assistant are standard with the infotainment system.
The compact SUV’s safety features include six airbags, ESC, VSM and hill-assist control, among others. Additionally, the Venue facelift brings Hyundai’s new feature called Sounds of Nature which plays soothing acoustic sounds, like crackling fire or sea waves.