If you head on to the Hyundai Philippines Facebook page, they've been posting a lot of teasers about their upcoming crossover. At this point, we're pretty sure that it will be the Venue since they revealed a good chunk of the car. But the question now is this: What can we expect from it?
The Hyundai Venue is one of three subcompact crossovers from the South Korean automaker with the other two being the Creta (or ix25 in China) and Kona. Once it's launched here, the Venue will slot below the Kona in terms of size and, most likely, price. It's also smaller than the Kona, measuring in at 4,040 mm long, 1,770 mm wide, and 1,565 mm tall. By comparison, the Kona's dimensions are at 4,165 mm long (+ 125 mm), 1,800 mm wide (+ 30 mm), and 1,550 mm tall (- 15 mm).
Given its size, the Venue is in the smaller spectrum of subcompact crossovers. With that, there are several key models it has to face off once it's launched here. Just some of its competitors include the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Juke, and the recently-launched Kia Stonic. The Venue also has competition from China, namely the GAC GS3 and MG ZS. If Hyundai wants a slice of this competitive, and crowded segment, they must price it below the Php 1,100,000 mark. Not only that, it must be well equipped and have some extra features along the way. Should they be able to do that, the Venue could be a sales hit for the company.
As for the engine, there are no specifications released by Hyundai PH yet. However, the Venue is available with a variety of engines abroad. Some of these options include a 1.0-liter turbo, a 1.4-liter, a 1.6-liter, a 1.6-liter with a higher output, and a 1.5-liter turbodiesel. The 1.4-liter is the likeliest bet, and that makes 100 PS and 132 Nm of torque. However, it's the diesel that caught our attention, and it's good for 100 PS and 240 Nm of torque. It would be great if Hyundai Philippines offers the diesel here, as it will make the Venue the only one in its class with that kind of engine.
For now, Hyundai Philippines isn't mentioning the Venue's launch date. Given the number of teasers they've been posting, it might be revealed sometime in November at the earliest.