As it stands, Hyundai has a pretty strong crossover range in the country. There's the radical-looking Kona, the capable Tucson, the large Santa Fe, and the luxury-oriented Palisade. With this sort of vehicle raking in sales around the world, the South Korean automaker has revealed yet another crossover: the pocket-sized Venue.
It now begs the question, is there a chance for it to be introduced here?
On the surface, it looks promising. Like the Kona, the Venue has a rather unique styling with its boxy and upright design. There are the now familiar two-tier headlights which see the headlights mounted by the center of the front end and the daytime running lights on the hood's corners. It's small too as it's less than four meters in length, which should bode well for our crowded streets. The Venue is significantly smaller than the Kona, being 130 mm shorter, and about 30 mm slimmer than its stablemate. Based on photos, the Venue does seem to have a fair amount of ground clearance.
The Venue appears interesting on inside too. It has a squared-off dashboard and, a seemingly popular design feature these days, a floating infotainment screen. There are what look like pretty sizable storage bins on the inside too with door pockets and a shelf on the passenger side of the dash. Another thing worth pointing out in the Venue is the seat trims. Select models can come with denim upholstery, which is certainly out of the ordinary.
There will be four engine options for the Venue, ranging from 1.0-liters, all the way to 1.6-liters. The base engine is a 1.2-liter, naturally aspirated mill with 83 PS and a torque rating of 90 Nm. The smallest engine, on the other hand, the 1.0-liter, is turbocharged. That one makes 120 PS and 175 Nm of torque. US-spec Venues come with a 1.6-liter unit, although figures have yet to be revealed. Piquing our interest is the 1.4-liter turbodiesel, which is good for 90 PS and 224 Nm of torque.
Should Hyundai Philippines consider the Venue, it will be interesting how they will be configuring it. Nonetheless, the crossover seems to have a lot of potential in developing markets, us included. The small size, raised ground clearance and a wide variety of engine options can make the Venue a candidate in the local entry-level crossover stakes.