Another crossover has evolved from Hyundai’s humble hatchback platform and it may be on its way to South Africa.
Hyundai has added another quirky crossover to its compact vehicle line-up and it’s called the Venue.
Hyundai South Africa is in the process making a business case for the Venue’s local introduction and if the numbers play ball, we may very well see the Venue launched locally before the end of 2019.
This new Korean front-wheel drive high-rider will position itself below the Kona in Hyundai’s product portfolio and can be thought of as a slightly more refined and sophisticated Creta alternative.
Styling elements include LED embedded cube headlights and secondary thin-slit headlamps mounted at the bonnet-to-grille shutline. This is an obvious evolution of the daring styling Hyundai first applied to Kona. Venue’s tailgate features a pronounced kink and crease treatment, also anchored by cube taillights. Viewed as a design purpose, Venue is Hyundai’s attempt to bring large SUV styling elements to an A-segment crossover buyer.
Inside there is an 8-inch touchscreen which mirrors all your Smartphone functions via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and dual USB ports for device recharging. Vehicle information other than road and engine speed is relayed via TFT instrumentation and the driver directs the Venue with a leather-covered steering wheel.
True to its pseudo-adventure vehicle billing, the Venue’s rear seats feature a 60/40 split function, to enable the loading of oversized items or weekend away activity gear.
Powering the Venue will be Hyundai’s latest naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine, good for 90 kW. Shift options are either a six-speed manual or continuously-variable two-pedal transmission.
Hyundai’s Venue will feature a credible level of driver assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert when backing out of a parking bay and a reverse assistance camera.
We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.