As Hyundai prepares to relaunch in the Philippines under new management, we cannot help but get excited about the new models the automaker will be releasing soon. Thanks to an insider, we already have an idea about the several models the company will be revealing.
From the all-new Creta, Tucson, Casper, Custo, Staria, Elantra (including N-Line), and the facelifted Santa Fe, the Korean automaker has a lot in store for the Philippine market. But if there's one more model that Hyundai could introduce in PH later this year, it's the refreshed Venue.
Recently making its debut in India, the facelifted Venue gets some exterior and interior changes that keep the crossover up-to-date and looking fresh.
Starting with the outside, the 2023 Venue gets a bolder grille with a parametric-style pattern along with with a dark chrome frame. The LED daytime running lights and turn signals have also been redesigned and feature a more assertive appearance. Finally, the front bumper gets an aluminum skid plate.
While the front received a subtle update, the rear gets busier thanks to a new set of full-width LED taillights, a new rear bumper, and blacked-out garnishes near the reflectors that give the crossover a meaner look.
Like the exterior, Hyundai was also busy with the Venue's interior. It now comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display that is complemented by a digital instrument cluster. There's also a new flat-bottom steering wheel, redesigned HVAC controls, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, and a two-tone interior finish.
Other available amenities present in the 2023 Venue include rear aircon vents, a cooled glovebox, front and rear USB charging ports, a rear center armrest, split-folding 60:40 rear seats, and a large panoramic sunroof.
Under the hood, the 2023 Venue is available with three engine choices. First is the naturally-aspirated 1.2-liter engine that makes 83 PS and 114 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The other gasoline engine is the turbocharged 1.0-liter T-GDi that puts out 120 PS with 172 Nm of torque and is connected to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Serving as the sole turbo-diesel option is the 1.5-liter CRDi that produces 99 PS plus 240 Nm of torque. This one is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Front-wheel drive comes as standard while all-wheel drive is available as an option.
Pre-orders for the 2023 Hyundai Venue is now open in India. Other markets are expected to get similar updates on the subcompact crossover. The only question now is, will it also arrive here?