Hyundai Venue to join automaker's lineup as pint-size crossover SUV

March 27, 2019

Hyundai on Tuesday announced a new crossover SUV: the Hyundai Venue.

The automaker didn't details such as a model year or an on-sale date, but the Venue is expected to slot below the Kona crossover SUV and do battle directly with the Mazda CX-3, Ford Ecosport, and Chevrolet Trax.

The decision to call the new vehicle the Venue follows Hyundai's decision to name its crossovers and SUVs after cities or places, at least to a certain degree. Unlike Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, and Palisade, the Venue isn't named after a specific city. 

DON'T MISS: Read our 2019 Hyundai Kona Review

One of the biggest mysteries is how the Venue will fit with the automaker's Kona crossover SUV. It's possible the Venue will not offer the option of all-wheel drive. The Kona gives buyers the option to route power to all four wheels for $1,400, but keeping the Venue as a front-wheel-drive crossover SUV could make it more affordable.

Hyundai's crossover SUV lineup has doubled in the last year with the addition of the subcompact Kona and the three-row, mid-size Palisade. The Kona went on sale last spring and the Palisade is due in dealers by early summer.

Hyundai will debut the new sub-compact crossover at the 2019 New York International Auto Show on April 17. 

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