At the end of March 2019, Hyundai announced its upcoming new entry-level crossover would be badged as the “Venue”. And now, ahead of the fresh-faced model's official debut at the New York International Auto Show, the Korean firm has released a batch of sketches.
The design sketches show what the automaker describes as its “newest, smallest and most affordable SUV”, depicting the newcomer from the front- and rear-three-quarter angles, as well as providing a glimpse inside the cabin.
Up front, the new Venue clearly draws some styling inspiration from its larger siblings, adopting a stacked headlamp arrangement and the automaker’s signature “Cascading” grille. It’s a little more conventional round back, although the sketch does show a chunky faux-diffuser and a cheeky rear spoiler. We’re guessing the production model will drop those impossibly large alloy wheels and adopt rear doors, though.
Things are toned down a little more inside, where the facia layout appears relatively clean and uncluttered. An infotainment screen is sited in the centre of the dashboard, with some physical buttons positioned below it and air-vents on either side.
The Venue is expected to slot into Hyundai’s burgeoning crossover range below the Creta and Kona, with the SA-spec version likely to be imported from India.
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