Hyundai has released the first picture of Facelifted Venue in India before its official launch on June 16. Smaller SUVs are already available for pre-order in the Indian market, although it is possible that mid-life cycle updates will find their way. It has already been three years since the venue was launched in other markets as well.
Apart from the redesigned front and rear edges, the space is immediately recognized. On the front, the grille has been enlarged with a cleaner shape, a parametric-style pattern inspired by the larger Hyundai models, and a new dark chrome frame. The upper bouts featured two cutaways, for easier access to the higher frets. The upper bouts featured two cutaways, for easier access to the higher frets. The lower bouts featured two cutaways, for easier access to the higher frets.
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Although most facelifts neglect the rear end, Hyundai designers have done a lot in this area. The highlight is the new full-width taillights with modern LED graphics. Also, the new rear bumper mimics the design of the front edge, has a reflector with an elongated black element and a skid plate. Hyundai has not announced an updated space dimension but a slightly tweaked bumper means it won’t deviate too much from the existing model.
Inside, the Venue will get a new infotainment featuring more than 60 bluelinked vehicles and the ability to remotely control various vehicle functions (door lock / unlock, climate control, location, tire pressure, etc.) via Home to Car (H2C). Method. Alexa and Google Voice Assistant will be compatible with both English and Hindi languages.
Another new feature is “Sounds of Nature” – which is also found in other Hyundai and Genesis models – which will make driving in Indian traffic a more comfortable experience. Hyundai also showed a picture of the digital instrument cluster that reveals three driving modes – Normal, Echo and Sport. Finally, rear passengers will benefit from the new two-step reclining seat which will improve practicality.
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Hyundai has confirmed that it will offer five trim levels in the updated venue. Powertrain options are carried from existing models that include a naturally ambitious 1.2-liter MPi petrol, a turbocharged 1.0-liter T-GDi petrol, and a 1.5-liter CRDi turbodiesel. Hyundai Venue variants are all front-wheel-drive, with the choice of manual, DCT automatic, or Hyundai’s Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) depending on the powertrain.
Hyundai Venue’s rivals in India include mechanically related Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Brezza. The location may be the smallest SUV offered by Hyundai in the US, but Indian buyers will also have access to the smaller Hyundai Casper.