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At the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai revealed its newest and smallest crossover SUV that sits a class below the already available Hyundai Kona. It’s called the Hyundai Venue.
Why create a new crossover in the first place? Well its market segmentation ladies and gents and with the new Venue crossover, Hyundai presumably wants to capitalize on the popularity of the crossover vehicle all around the world.
As such, the Venue is even poised to replace the aging Hyundai Accent crossover in terms of the target market and price point. Seeing that this is a trend in the automotive business world-wide nowadays, especially made more evident with Ford ending its small-car production in the US, Hyundai can definitely be considered to adopting the trend as well.
The new Hyundai Venue is a stubby little crossover that looks like a shrunk down Hyundai Palisade
Now the stubby Hyundai Venue will get a number of engine options, some even reminiscent of what the Hyundai Accent has: a 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission or CVT, a 1.2 liter, and a turbocharged 1.0 and also a 1.4-liter turbodiesel.
Judging from the many available engines, it can be presumed that Hyundai indeed wants to cater to a wide and very varied market segment. As of now, performance figures that we know of from the engines mentioned are 90 ps and 224 for the turbodiesel and 120 ps and 175 for the 1.0 turbo.
Hyundai Venue 2019 will get a number of engine options
In terms of suspension, according to the latest car news, the Hyundai Venue will only come with an automatic transmission. Whether or not that’s true, it is still too early to be sure in that regard. What’s sure however is that the Venue will not have an all-wheel drive option.
Inside, the Venue’s interior is well designed and even can be called nice. One could not even complain about the crossover’s hard touch plastic that sounds hollow when you knock on it because it looks well molded and functional. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel is also a nice touch and is a welcome feature.
The Hyundai Venue's interior looks cool despite the hard plastics
While the 8-inch touchscreen will no doubt be easy to use, it is positioning on the dash looks as if it was glued in-between the AC vents and is not so integrated with the dashboard. Despite that, the multimedia touchscreen will come standard and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
As for storage, it is abundant inside the Hyundai Venue as there are a sizable glovebox and another bin just slightly forward of the automatic shifter. What’s also interesting is the circular display in-between the climate control knobs and of course the digital display for the driver.
Drivers will find it so convenient to have a large cargo of new Hyundai Venue
For the passenger space at the back, it appears that the Venue can comfortably sit about 2 adults while fitting in three might be a little difficult due to the bulge at the center of the floor which is also the case for the center of the rear seats.
And no, it does not have a bulge because of a foldable armrest (it doesn’t have one). There are no rear ac vents but otherwise, headroom and legroom are sufficient.
As of the current time, Hyundai still has not released details on the vehicle’s pricing. Otherwise, though, we can estimate that it falls somewhere along with the price point of the Hyundai Accent which the Venue will eventually replace.
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