Hyundai has revealed its all-new Venue baby SUV at the New York motor show and confirmed it will make it to our shores before the end of this year.
Though Hyundai already has the Kona in the compact SUV segment, the Venue is an even smaller option for Australian buyers.
Having multiple entrants in the same segment is becoming increasingly common. particularly with small SUVs where Nissan (Juke and Qashqai) and Mitsubishi (ASX and Eclipse Cross) and others sport multiple models.
The Venue could be seen as something of a bit more mature option than the Kona, however there is a lot of crossover between the two in terms of size.
The Venue is only 130mm shorter, 31mm narrower and 16mm taller.
The biggest difference appears to be in cargo space, with the Venue’s 903 total litres well down on the Kona’s 1297 litres – however there is a dual level cargo floor which allows owners to have it level with the flat folding rear seats if they’re put down, or at a lower position to accommodate taller cargo.
Another differentiator is the Venue is front-wheel-drive only, while the Kona can be had in all-wheel-drive.
A 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine will provide power and be paired to a six-speed manual or transmission.
We’ll have to wait on local specification to find out what featrures will be standard, but we know available safety kit will include forward collision avoidance, lane keeping assist, blind spot collision warning, driver attention warning, rear collision cross-traffic warning.