Hyundai Motor unveils ‘Venue’

The sport utility vehicle has been developed at a cost of $100 million

Hyundai Motor India on Tuesday launched a compact SUV (sport utility vehicle) ‘Venue’ at a price tag of ₹6.5 lakh onwards.

The car, which would compete with models such as Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza, Tata Motors’ Nexon, Ford’s EcoSport and Mahindra and Mahindra’s XUV300, would come in three engine options — 1.0 litre petrol, 1.2 litre petrol and 1.4 litre diesel.

Diesel variant

While the petrol variants are priced between ₹6.5-₹11.1 lakh, the diesel versions are tagged between ₹7.75-₹10.84 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

“The Indian market is at the centre of Hyundai’s global growth plan and the launch of Venue will strengthen our commitment to the Indian market,” said S. S. Kim, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motor India.

The new car had been developed over a four-year period at the cost of $100 million (about ₹700 crore). Till Tuesday, the company had received about 15,000 bookings for the new vehicle.

The company claims that the 1-litre petrol variant with manual transmission would deliver a fuel efficiency of 18.27 km/litre, while the automatic variant would deliver a fuel efficiency of 18.15 km/litre. The 1.2-litre petrol variant would give a fuel efficiency of 17.52 km/litre and the 1.4-litre diesel variant 23.7 km/litre, it added.

The South Korean carmaker had rolled out its ‘BlueLink’ connectivity feature in India with this car.

This feature would allow the users to interact with their cars using voice, while also enabling them to remotely switch on/off the car or its air- conditioner. The BlueLink comes with ten India-specific features such as a panic button.

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