The continuous global semiconductor scarcity has resulted in a significant gap between demand and supply for autos. Almost every manufacturer in the globe has been hurting as a result of the scarcity, and many of them have been forced to make changes to their vehicle model portfolios as a result. Hyundai, a South Korean automaker, is one such company in our country. The company recently requested its dealers “not to take further bookings” for a handful of models of its most popular SUVs – the Venue and the Creta – in a leaked memo that made its way to a media source.
The Korean carmaker recently informed its dealers across the country that reservations for the SX 1.4L petrol DCT’ and ‘SX 1.5L diesel AT’ variants of its best-selling compact SUV Creta would no longer be accepted. Meanwhile, the company said that the following variants for its subcompact SUV Venue have been discontinued: 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, 1.5L diesel version – S(O) MT and SX Hyundai also instructed its dealers to offer alternatives to consumers who had placed reservations for the aforementioned models prior to the notification. It also instructed the dealers to provide according to available supply.
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According to stories circulating, one of the reasons for the models’ cancellation is a global semiconductor scarcity. The exact cause for this change in the product selection, however, is yet unknown. According to reports, Hyundai’s move was made to coincide with the manufacturer’s plans to release facelifted versions of both vehicles. In India, the Hyundai Venue will be facelifted later this year, and test cars have already been spotted on Indian roads. The Hyundai Creta will get a facelift as well, most likely when the facelifted Venue arrives in India.
The Hyundai Venue is now one of India’s most cheap compact SUVs, with prices starting at Rs. 6.99 lakhs ex-showroom and rising to Rs. 11.85 lakhs ex-showroom for the top-end variant. The amenities and equipment on the subcompact SUV are likewise plentiful. BlueLink connected car technology, an electric sunroof, wireless mobile charger, push button start/stop, cruise control, rear AC vents, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automated climate control, multi-function steering wheel, and more are all included. The Venue is available with a 1.2L NA petrol engine, a 1.0L turbo-petrol engine, and a 1.5L NA diesel engine.
Meanwhile, the current Creta is offered with three engine options: a 1.5L NA petrol unit, a 1.4L turbo-petrol engine, and a 1.5L turbo-diesel motor, with prices ranging from Rs. 10.23 lakh to Rs. 17.94 lakh. Automatic headlamps, a rear parking camera, front fog lamps, a rear defogger, puddle lamps, a driver rearview monitor, and blue ambient lighting are also included. An electric parking brake with auto hold function, air purifier, cruise control, push-button engine start/stop, automated climate control, and electrically adjustable and auto-folding ORVMs are all included in the Creta. There are also LED reading and map lights, glovebox cooling, a low line tyre pressure monitoring system, and a slew of other options.