Hyundai Venue expected to launch in Nepal by May.
Hyundai is all set to launch a subcompact SUV in Nepal soon. In fact, it was at the 2016 Auto Expo that the company revealed its plan to get into the subcompact segment with the Carlino Concept and we told you back then too that the car will make its way to Nepal by May. However, the design and styling will not be based on this concept. There's more news on the launch of the car now. The vehicle was last seen at the 2016 Auto Expo as the Carlino concept. Post-launch, Hyundai’s compact SUV will compete against the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Brezza in Nepal.
Marking Hyundai’s entry in the segment, the Venue is pegged to be a premium and feature-loaded offering, which will also debut what Hyundai calls ‘next-gen’ connectivity features. While there is no confirmation yet on what these features could be, Hyundai entered into a partnership last year with Autotalks, a leading automotive tech company, to develop next-gen chipsets for its future cars. These chipsets help enable connected features such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. The Venue could preview some of these features at its global reveal in New York.
The Venue compact SUV will get a rectangular grille instead of the cascading grille design which can be seen in the newer Hyundai model. The upcoming vehicle is expected to be offered with a vertically stacked headlamp with LED DRL and turn indicators on the top. The production-ready model is expected to get a square fascia to appeal to the Indian buyers.
Interior details for the compact SUV are not known for now however we expect to see dual tone upholstery along with few borrowed elements from the Grand i10 and the Creta. Additionally, the vehicle is also expected to be offered with a touchscreen infotainment system.
Mechanical details are not known, for now, however, we believe it might share the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine options from the Elite i20. 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission to generate 82bhp of power. The diesel version will get a 1.4-litre U2 CRDI engine that comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox to generate 89bhp of power.
Being a Hyundai, the Venue is expected to get a bucket load of features to help it carve its own space in a segment overcrowded with the likes of the Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport, Tata Nexon and the recently launched XUV300. It’s likely to get a touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, climate control, steering-mounted controls, a detailed driver information display and rear AC vents. Meanwhile, cruise control, wireless mobile charging and ventilated seats could also make the cut. In terms of looks, the teasers and spy pictures released earlier have already confirmed that the Venue will get Creta-like styling with compact packaging. But what will differentiate it from its elder sibling are the bumper-integrated headlamps (like the Palisade) and an all-new cascading grille. It will also get sleek LED DRLs along with a sunroof.