Hyundai has updated its Venue small SUV for 2020, introducing new kit to justify a small price bump.
It’s followed by the Active and Elite (below) grades, with all variants attracting a $500 price increase.
The entry-level point into the Venue range is now $20,690 for a six-speed manual-equipped model, while the six-speed automatic model is $2020 more.
Equipment levels have expanded and, on the base model, the Venue now ushers in 15-inch alloy wheels to replace steel items.
The base model also upgrades to a sliding centre console box as well as heated door mirrors.
Stepping up to the $22,690 Active variant results in a $2000 jump above the base grade car.
Tech-wise, Apple Carplay and Android Auto are standard across all three grades but now feature wireless connection capability.
Premium cloth seats and bolsters are no longer the reserve of the Premium variant Venue, either, with the base grade scoring the cloth and the Active variant receiving the bolsters.
Smart key access remains an Elite-only feature after upgrades introduced earlier this year, but the top-grade Venue, priced at $26,490, now adds a sunroof to further qualify the $500 bump.
The Elite continues to offer only an automatic to pair with its 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, while there are no mechanical changes announced for the Venue’s front-wheel-drive small SUV package.
Metallic or mica paint is one of the few options indicated and will cost $495.
The new Venue is pegged to arrive in December.
But if you're hanging out for the recently-facelifted Stonic from sister brand Kia - its version of the Hyundai Venue - its December launch has now been delayed until early 2021.
The Stonic is based on the Rio small hatchback platform and is similarly sized to the Venue baby SUV, and will offer a 1.4-litre petrol engine with both manual and automatic transmissions.
But if you’re hoping for a little more spice from your small SUV, the Stonic will launch with a GT-Line variant that harbours a turbocharged three-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, as found in the Rio GT-Line.
Its 74kW power output is down on the Hyundai Venue’s 90kW, but the Stonic GT-Line’s 172Nm torque figure is 21Nm to the good.
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