Hyundai Venue Subcompact SUV May Get A Mild Hybrid System

  • May 28, 2019

Leading automobile manufacturer, Hyundai’s latest subcompact sports utility vehicle (SUV) Venue may get a mild hybrid system mated to the new turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.0-litre Kappa T-GDI petrol engine. The company’s global research and development chief Albert Biermann and Hyundai India managing director SS Kim have hinted that the Korean carmaker may introduce the hybrid soon in the entry-level SUV.

The 1.0-litre petrol engine in the Hyundai outputs 120PS maximum power at 6,000rpm and 172Nm peak torque at 1,500-4,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) system. The latter is a segment-first in India. The mild hybrid system is expected to improve the car’s fuel efficiency. Hyundai claims that the Venue returns a mileage of 18.27kmpl.

The international specification Hyundai Tucson was the company’s first car to get the advanced 48V mild hybrid system. The unit has bettered the vehicle’s mileage and reduced the carbon footprint more than the regular 12V system.

Mass production cars are usually not fitted with the 48V system. The upcoming Morris Garages (MG) Hector will be the first such car in India. The Hyundai Venue is expected to have the smaller 12V unit, similar to that of the new 1.5-litre petrol Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the 1.2-litre Dualjet Baleno. None of Venue’s competitors like the Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza or the Ford EcoSport have the mild hybrid system.The Vitara Brezza petrol model is likely to debut at the 2020 New Delhi Auto Expo and the vehicle may borrow the motor either from the Baleno or the Ciaz. The Vitara Brezza, in that case, would have a mild hybrid unit.

While Hyundai hasn’t confirmed the launch date of the mild hybrid unit, the same is unlikely before 2022, when India implements the stricter corporate average fuel efficiency (CAFE) standard.


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