Hyundai Venue bookings cross 45,000 mark
Hyundai Motor India had surprised one and all by launching Venue for an introductory price of Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India) on May 21. The feature-loaded compact SUV has been generating tremendous response ever since the bookings began on May 2 and we are well aware that on the very first day, over 2,000 units of the new vehicle were booked. The bookings have crossed 45,000 mark now. Hyundai Venue competes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300.
By the end of May, Hyundai had received more than 20,000 bookings for Venue. The waiting period for some of the variants of the new compact SUV had reached 1.5-2 months by mid-June. The carmaker had celebrated the first month anniversary of the vehicle by delivering 1,000 units on June 21.
"The SUV segment has continued to do well despite the slowing market demands. The newly launched Venue -- India's first fully connected SUV has been designed to exceed the rising aspirations of today's millennial customers. Hyundai Venue with its commanding road presence, robust stance and BlueLink connected features, has created a new excitement in the market. Venue has received an overwhelming response with over 45,000 bookings and out of the cars delivered, over 55 per cent customers are preferring the BlueLink-enabled variant," Hyundai Motor India National Sales Head Vikas Jain told India Today on July 19.
Hyundai Venue is priced between Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and Rs 11.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India). In the company's line-up, the new compact SUV occupies a slot below Creta, which has a starting price of Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
There are three engine options available with Hyundai Venue. The new 1.0-litre Kappa Turbo-GDI petrol engine produces 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an in-house developed 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Then, there is the 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol mill that makes 83 PS and 115 Nm of torque and comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Besides, there is the 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel motor that churns out 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. You can refer to our first drive review of Hyundai Venue for performance-related details.
Hyundai Venue gets features like dark chrome front grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, projector fog lamps, LED tail lamps with a crystal effect, roof rails, shark fin antenna and diamond-cut alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, one will come across features like multifunction steering wheel, 20.32-cm touchscreen AVNT with HD display, wireless phone charger, air purifier, cruise control and electric sunroof. The compact SUV also gets the new-age BlueLink connectivity technology, with 33 features like remote engine start/stop, interactive voice recognition, remote climate control (A/C) with engine start, roadside assistance and SOS/emergency assistance.
Hyundai Motor India had also launched Kona on July 9 for a starting price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India). On July 19, the carmaker had reported that it had received 120 confirmed bookings for the electric SUV.