The Hyundai Venue has now become the country's top-selling utility vehicle based on the SUV's cumulative sales numbers for the last five months, which is now over 42,000 units. Between May and September 2019 Hyundai India sold 42,681 units of the Venue, and so far, the company has also received over 75,000 bookings for the new subcompact SUV. Interestingly, Hyundai says that about 50 per cent of the customers have shown interest in buying the variant with the BlueLink connected car technology, which is offered with the SX DCT and the top-end SX(O) trims. This certainly shows that the trend for connected SUVs is growing in India. What's also worth noting is that Kia is set to launch its Venue-rivaling subcompact SUV next year, and that will also be a connected SUV.
In comparison, the Venue's closes rival, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was a close second, with 40,425 units being sold between May and September 2019. While the Venue did surpass the Vitara Brezza in July and August sales, in May, June and September the Vitara Brezza continued to be ahead in monthly sales. The Mahindra XUV300, at the same time, came in third with 19,370 SUVs being sold during the same period. As for other players in the subcompact SUV space, in the last five months, the Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport's total sales accounted for 17,137 and 16,016 units, respectively.
Talking about the Hyundai Venue's latest sales milestone, S J Ha, Executive Director, Hyundai Motor India said "It is a moment for great pride for us as Venue had outperformed to become the No.1 Utility Vehicle in India. Venue with its Solid Presence, Refreshing Driving Experience and Seamless Connectivity has struck the right chord with Indian customers and transformed the compact SUV landscape in India. The enthralling response of Venue with over 75,000 bookings and 42,681 happy customers within 5 months is a testimony of the customers' increasing preference towards the refreshed design and innovative features of India's First Connected SUV."
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The Hyundai Venue was the country's first connected SUV, equipped with the company's Blue Link technology. The system offers 10 India-only features with a total of 33 connectivity features including geo-fencing, speed alerts, SOS, panic notifications, destination sharing, and road-side assistance and so on. Also, the SUV is pretty high on safety, as the SUV uses 69 per cent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) + High Strength Steel (HSS) to achieve prominent Static & Dynamic stiffness with improved structural rigidity. In addition to this the SUV is likely to come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seatbelt reminder, reverse parking sensors, and high-speed alert as standard.
Powertrain wise, the Hyundai Venue comes with two petrol and one diesel engine option - a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, 1.2-litre petrol motor naturally-aspirated petrol engine, and a 1.4-litre diesel engine. The new 1.0-litre GDI petrol motor is tuned to produce 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with an all-new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in a first for Hyundai India, along with a manual gearbox. The 1.2-litre petrol engine makes 82 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque, and paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.4-litre diesel motor offers 89 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque while being mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.