Hyundai India is well aware of the highly competitive space it’s going to enter with the upcoming Venue subcompact SUV. The Vitara Brezza, Nexon and now the XUV300 are a few of the successful models for their respective brands and the Venue certainly needs something more to take this competition head on. Hyundai has already upped the ante by commissioning Venue as India’s first connected car and now we have also learned that the Venue will be launched with a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) which will surely add another feather to its cap.
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Hyundai India had unveiled the BlueLink connected car technology last week and in its presentation, the company had mentioned that some of the features will only be seen in the variant with the dual clutch transmission. The Hyundai Venue will be the first car to get the dual-clutch automatic transmission in the subcompact SUV space. In fact there’s no other SUV in a segment above the subcompact space that comes equipped with one. The Mahindra XUV300 is yet to get an automatic transmission. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon, both get an AMT gearbox and the Ford Ecosport is offered with a torque convertor unit. Therefore, DCT being the most refined and quickest of the lot will likely enhance the performance of the Venue which should give it an edge over the competition.
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However, Hyundai has not invested afresh in the new gearbox only for the Venue. The Korean carmaker is expecting more business from the gearbox and we already know that it will be supplied to Tata Motors for the recently launched Harrier and its upcoming 7 sever-seater iteration. Eventually, we also expect the DCT gearbox to make its way in other Hyundai models, especially the ones positioned above the Venue such as the Creta, Verna, Elantra and Tuscon.
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The dual-clutch automatic transmission will be offered alongside the manual transmission which will be standard across the range. However, we still do not have any clarity about the variants and engine options which the DCT gearbox will be mated to. The 1.4-litre petrol and the 1.4-litre diesel engine will be obviously offered in the range, and Hyundai is also likely to launch the 1.0-litre, turbocharged petrol engine which will debut with the Venue. We expect things to get clear on April 17 when the Venue will make its first public appearance.
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