The smallest and cheapest SUV in the Hyundai range is the Venue. In fact, it’s almost the smallest and cheapest Hyundai all, with only the barely split Accent subcompact underneath. Small does not mean stale. We are already impressed with the design and character of the place, but it could use a little more power.
Rather than waiting for Hyundai to create a warmer Venue N edition, we decided to do it. Truth be told, visually, it wouldn’t take much to infuse the room with a bit of aggression. The basic design is already bold and a touch on the edgy side, which is a good basis for a performance model. Minor design changes to the lower fascia include a chin spoiler, and further back, we have square rocker panels. The rear fascia is also a little lower, and really, these little changes are all you need.
Of course, removing the chrome and adding red trim is still helpful. Being an N, we also had to give it the right shade of blue, and although we don’t have a specific wheel design for our rendering, showing the place in motion allows us to see the upgraded brakes behind them. This is where we go from simple aesthetic changes as we could find in an N Line (which is already in preparation) to a complete N model.
Obviously, the Veloster N is in our minds with this rendering, so why not borrow the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts) from the hot tailgate? It would be a huge step up from the Venue’s 1.6-liter 121-horsepower (90 kW) engine. If this is too much, the 1.6-liter 201 hp (150 kW) shredder on the Veloster Turbo R-Spec could be another solution. Connect it to either a six-speed manual transmission or the dual-clutch transmission that debuted on the Veloster N in April.
Would Hyundai build such a machine? Asked about a high performance Venue N, the manufacturer did not say no. But since the Venue is a small, value-focused crossover, we see that this investment is not in the best interest of Hyundai. Yet we can dream.