Hyundai Motor India has launched the N Line version of its compact SUV – the Venue – at a starting price of Rs 12.16 lakh and going up to Rs 13.15 lakh for the top-end N8 trim. The bookings for the Venue N Line are already underway for Rs 21,000. In addition to new cosmetic bits, the Venue N Line gets a sportier suspension set-up and exhaust note.
Based on the facelifted Venue, this is the second N Line model from Hyundai in India after the i20 N Line, and comes in two trims – N6 and N8. Spec-to-spec, the N6 costs Rs 1.19 lakh more than the S(O) and the N8 Rs 58,000 more than the top-end SX(O).
The Venue N Line comes with a single powertrain – a 120hp, 172Nm, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine paired to the 7-speed DCT with paddle shifters, unlike the i20 N Line, which also gets an option of a 6-speed iMT.
But just like the i20 N Line, the Venue N line gets a few mechanical upgrades to distinguish it as the sportier alternative to the standard model. It gets dual exhaust pipes at the rear with a tweaked exhaust note, and the suspension and the steering have been tweaked with a promise of sharper handling around the corners and a more planted drive. Additionally, the Hyundai Venue N Line also comes with disc brakes on all four corners.
The cosmetic changes are really the talking point for the Venue N Line. It gets N Line badging on the front bumper, revised front and rear bumpers with red accents on the lower section, red inserts on the roof rails and new 16-inch alloy wheel design with red front callipers. The N Line is available in a total of five colour options – three dual-tones and two monotones.
The interior of the Venue N Line gets the same basic layout as the standard model, however, it now gets an all-black interior theme with red accents and N Line logos dotted around the cabin. It also gets a new three-spoke steering wheel design like the one found on the Hyundai i20 N-Line.
Based on the top-spec SX(O), the N8 trim gets equipment like an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, connected car tech, ambient lighting, powered driver’s seat, integrated air purifier, voice commands, digital instrument cluster and a Bose sound system. It also gets a dashcamera with multiple recording options.
Whereas the regular Venue takes on the Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300, the Venue N Line is positioned as a more driver-focussed alternative in the compact SUV space.