Hyundai launches new Venue and Kona, updated Tucson

Hyundai has launched new versions of its Venue (2023) and Kona (2024) small SUVs, while also updating the Tucson to include its Bluelink connect vehicle system. The platform provides such things as automatic collision notification.

Also included are connected routing, voice recognition, valet mode, remote services and find my car. You can even check the weather, integrate your calendar or make SOS emergency calls.

For the Kona, the upscaled 2024 model is expected to be available in multiple powertrains, including EV, hybrid and internal combustion engine. A sporty N Line version will potentially be available for each (with only Korean specs revealed so far).

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Now roomier and more versatile inside, there’s increased passenger comfort and easy cargo storage thanks to a customisable smart power tailgate. Advanced technologies have also been added, including over-the-air software updates.

The new Kona also features 12.3-inch dual wide displays and various advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Australian specifications for the 2024 Kona range will be announced in March, with arrival dates to be confirmed at that point.

The 2023 Venue introduces new features designed to enhance the ownership experience with comfort, convenience, and connectivity upgrades across the three-tier range, including wireless phone charging on all variants.

Hyundai’s innovative Bluelink connected car service is standard on the Elite, which also scores an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.

Other new features across the range include a 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster display, USB-C charging ports front and rear, rear occupant alert safety technology, revised steering wheel controls, and a shark fin antenna.

The updated Tucson, which retains all its existing features from 2022, is available now, as is the new look Venue. To find out more about either model, contact your local Hyundai dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

2023 Hyundai Venue
2023 Hyundai Venue
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  1. Okay Exhaust Notes experts your advice please. I want to upgrade my little Toyota Prius C hybrid (which I have enjoyed driving much more than I ever thought I would) to a small SUV. I have done lots of research. I did seriously consider the Skoda Kamiq but I really believe a hybrid is more fuel efficient and will serve me better in the future. I was just about to order, and wait for, a Corolla Cross GXL hybrid although I am not inspired by its looks. I have recently read about the new, yet to be released Hyundai Kona hybrid. The current model seems just the little bit too small but I understand the new version will be larger and have similar to specifications to the Corolla Cross. So … which way do I go. Do I order the Corolla Cross or do I wait for the new Kona ? What would you experts advise ?

  2. Hi Lyndal,
    There’s no doubt both cars (the Corolla Cross and Kona Hybrid) offer benefits, particularly in the area of fuel savings and fuel economy, and both have an exceptionally good hybrid platform. The new Kona is indeed larger and better specc’d than the outgoing model. The only conundrum will be wait. If you ordered a Corolla Cross Hybrid now, you’d probably have it before the Kona arrives (expected Q3 this year). If you’re prepared to wait, then we’d wait for the Kona, but the downside might be significant wait periods for the Hyundai when it arrives (as was seen with the Kia Sorento hybrid, where demand outstripped supply significantly).
    News Team


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