Hyundai Motor India, the country’s second-largest car manufacturer, has unveiled the compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) Venue that will become its entry SUV product to the auto market.
To be produced at the Chennai factory, the Venue boasts of being India’s first connected SUV (internet aided). Hyundai worked for two years to develop this technology for which it partnered with Vodafone.
The Hyundai Venue, which will debut on May 21, comes with an option of three engines. These will be a 1.0-litre petrol engine having 120ps power, a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83ps power and a 1.4-litre diesel engine with 90 ps power. These will be offered on multiple variants.
The one-litre petrol units will be the Kappa T- GDI engine which will aid a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and a six-speed manual transmission gearbox. The 1.2-litre petrol engine will have a five-speed manual transmission while the diesel unit will be mated to a six-speed gearbox.
These engines are Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) compliant engines and, therefore, will go through an upgrade in the coming months to move to BS-VI whose deadline is April 1, 2020.
S S Kim, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motor India said, “The future of mobility is shared, connected and zero emission. We believe that Venue will enable ease of life and empower the customers to have a safer, connected and more versatile car ownership experience.”
Hyundai says that, of the 33 of the connected features, at least 10 are India-specific. It is only the top-end variant of the Venue that will get the connected feature.
Other features include electric sunroof, wireless phone charging, air purifier, cruise control, cornering lamps, glove box cooling, rear AC vents, hill and brake assist to name a few.
(With Agency Inputs)