Hyundai’s smallest SUV in India, the Venue, will soon get an upgrade in the shape of a more potent 1.5-litre diesel engine with 115 horsepower; this is the same engine that powers the Creta, Seltos, and the Sonet diesel-AT. The equipment list has also been updated.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine in the previous Venue produced 100 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque and used a fixed-geometry turbo. Instead, a more potent 1.5-litre diesel engine with a variable-geometry turbocharger and 115 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque will take its place. There is currently no information on a diesel automatic; the Venue diesel will only have a 6-speed manual transmission. The Venue’s fuel lineup has stayed the same, though.
Hyundai will also include a built-in starter generator (ISG) with a start-stop function in the Venue, improving fuel efficiency and is a first for a Hyundai in India. Do remember that the Kia Sonet’s 6-speed automated gearbox already receives a 115hp tuning for the diesel engine.
The Venue and i20 use the 1.5-litre diesel engine that is no longer produced. Due to forthcoming Real Driving Emissions (RDE) rules, this engine, which has a Fixed geometry turbo, will soon be discontinued. The Creta, Alcazar, and Seltos already use the new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which will join the Venue lineup and uses a more advanced variable-geometry turbo (VGT).
Utilizing economies of scale, using a VGT on the Venue will enable Hyundai to employ a single state of tune for the Venue, Creta, and Alcazar. Similarly, Kia may use the same for the Sonet, Seltos, and Carens. As a result, Korean manufacturers could only redesign the FGT variant to comply with the new emission standards.
The Venue will be available in the same six trims as before: E, S, S+, S(O), SX, and SX (O). Hyundai has rearranged the equipment list, but the variation lineup is still the same.
The 16-inch alloy wheels with diamond cuts are currently only offered on the highest SX(O) model. It was formerly available on the Venue SX diesel. Additionally, the Venue S(O) petrol now comes standard with side airbags, while the top-spec SX(O) petrol only comes standard with curtain airbags. From SX onward, the Venue diesel is equipped with curtain airbags. Previously, only the top-tier Venue SX was equipped with side and curtain airbags (O). The rear armrest and recliner are also gone from the Venue SX diesel.
Some significant challenges are the Kia Sonet, Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, and the incoming Maruti Suzuki Fronx.