The current shortage of semiconductors across the world has created a huge gap between demand and supply for automobiles. Almost all car manufacturers in the world have suffered greatly from this shortage and for this reason many of them have been forced to make changes to the model lines of their vehicles. One such automaker in our country is the South Korean automaker Hyundai. The automaker recently, in a leaked document that made its way to media, asked its dealers “not to take any more reservations” for a handful of variants of its most popular SUVs – The Venue and Creta.
The Korean automaker, in its recent notification, advised its dealers across the country to stop taking further reservations for the SX 1.4L petrol DCT’ and ‘SX 1.5L diesel AT’ variants of its Creta compact SUV the no longer sold. Meanwhile, the automaker also said that the following variants – 1.0L petrol version – S(O) DCT, SX+ DCT Dual Tone, S(O) iMT, SX(O) iMT, SX(O) iMT Dual Tone , 1.5L diesel version – S(O)MT and SX(O)MT Dual Tone were also dropped for its Venue subcompact SUV. Hyundai has also asked its dealers to offer alternatives to customers of the aforementioned models who made their reservation before the notification. He also asked dealers to make deliveries based on available inventory.
According to the reports that are circulating, the global shortage of semiconductors is one of the reasons for this discontinuation of models. However, the real reason for this change in the product line is still unknown. Reports also suggest that this move by Hyundai could have been done to align with the automaker’s plans to launch the facelifted version of both vehicles. The Hyundai Venue is set to get a facelift in the Indian market later this year, and test cars have already been spotted on Indian roads. The Hyundai Creta is also expected to get a facelift shortly, most likely when the facelifted Venue is released in India.
Currently, the Hyundai Venue is one of the affordable compact SUVs in the Indian market and it starts at Rs. 6.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 11.85 lakhs ex-showroom for the premium variant . The subcompact SUV is also loaded with features and equipment. It comes with features such as a BlueLink connected car technology, power sunroof, wireless mobile charger, push button start/stop, cruise control, rear air vents, climate control system. 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel and more. The Venue is offered with the transmission options of a 1.2L NA petrol unit, a 1.0L turbo-petrol unit, a 1.5L NA diesel unit.
Meanwhile, the current outgoing Creta is priced at Rs. 10.23 lakh to Rs. 17.94 lakh, and it is available with three engine options – 1.5L NA petrol unit, 1 .4L, a 1.5L turbo diesel engine. It is also equipped with features like automatic headlights, rear parking camera, front fog lights, rear defogger, puddle lights, monitor back-up driver and blue ambient lighting. Creta also has an electric parking brake with auto-hold function, air cleaner, cruise control, push-button engine start/stop, automatic climate control and electrically adjustable and automatically folding ORVMs. Plus, there are LED reading and reading lights, glove box cooling and a low tire pressure monitoring system and a ton of other features.