The Venue is one of the many small crossovers from Hyundai we can't get. That's a shame because the subcompact crossover does seem promising. But even though it's aimed to be a budget crossover, Hyundai does have upmarket ambitions for it.
The South Korean automaker has introduced a new top-spec variant for the Venue. Dubbed the Flux, it incorporates some unique touches, special trims and parts, and more standard equipment. So what does the Flux have that other Venue variants don't?
Hyundai is particularly proud of its grill, and not just because it's unique to this variant but because it was made through a hot-stamping process. That allows Hyundai to make that special diamond pattern on the grill. There's even a special 'V' badge on the C-pillar, as well as rear faux skid plates.
Then there's the two-tone paint finish of the crossover. While other variants can be specified with two-tone paint, the Flux has more color highlights. These Acid Yellow (their words, not ours) highlights can be found on the side mirrors, fender flares, corner air intakes, and along the lower half of the car.
Hyundai went all out with the whole Acid Yellow theme on the inside as well. It's seen on the steering wheel stitches and on the dials. They even put it on the air-conditioning vents and the door armrests, which are now trimmed in leather.
This being the top of the line variant, it's packed with loads of active safety features. There's forward-collision-warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam assist. It also comes with some amusing options, such as the infrared knee warmer and a 'Pet Package'. It includes a partition for pets, a special cargo area mat, and even a seatbelt tether made specifically for animals.
As for the engine, it uses a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine like the lesser models. It's good for 123 PS and 154 Nm of torque. The lone transmission choice is a continuously variable transmission in which they dub the IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission). There is no all-wheel-drive option for the Venue, but it does have a 'multi traction control' system, which is said to replicate an all-wheel-drive system.
As the Venue isn't sold here, there's even less of a chance for the Venue Flux to be offered locally. Still, it would have been an interesting addition to Hyundai's wide array of crossover options here.