South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has silently updated the Venue with a new 1.5-litre BS6 emissions compliant engine. It was only a couple of weeks ago when the brand was rumoured to be replacing the 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine with a 1.5-litre U2 CRDi engine borrowed from the Kia Seltos but will sport a different forced induction system to achieve its unique state of tune.
Now it has been confirmed that the Hyundai Venue has replaced the BS4 compliant 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine with a new BS6 compliant 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine that makes 100 ps of power and 240 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual transmission. The earlier 1.4-litre U2 CRDi engine produced 90 ps of power and 220 Nm of torque. With the new engine, the power and torque figures have been increased by 10 ps and 20 Nm respectively.
The 1.5-litre diesel on the Kia Seltos produces 115 ps of power and 250 Nm of torque and is equipped with a VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger). Hyundai is likely to have installed an FGT (Fixed Geometry Turbocharger) to detune the 1.5-litre mill and achieve its current state of tune.
Talking about the competition, the Mahindra XUV300 which is also powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-pot diesel produces 118 ps of power and a class-leading 300 Nm of torque. The Tata Nexon with its turbocharged Revotorq four-cylinder diesel produces 110 ps of power and 260 Nm of torque and lagging behind in the competition is the Ford EcoSport with the 1.5-litre diesel with 100 ps of power and 205 Nm of torque.
The Hyundai Venue still continues to be powered by a 1.2-litre Kappa naturally-aspirated petrol engine with dual VTVT that produces 83 ps of power and 113 Nm of torque along with a turbocharged 1.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine that produces 120 ps of power and 171 Nm of torque.
The 1.5-litre Diesel engine with the fixed geometry turbocharger is also likely to make it to the Kia Sonet which, when launched, in India will rival the Hyundai Venue.