I'm in beautiful Queensland, Australia on the eastern coast at an amazing vineyard.
And what brought me to this beautiful venue?
Well, not to put too fine a point on it, this Venue.
This is the 2020 Hyundai Venue, and it's poised to be the brand's least expensive and smallest SUV.
So let's hop in.
I'm going to try and kick this wicked jet lag and not plug any kangaroos and teach you five things you need to know.
The new venue shares a lot of unseen bits with Hyundai's accent subcompact, but it's got more of a visual kinship with the somewhat larger Kona.
At just 159 inches long.
The new venue is still shorter than any new SUV.
You can name Including the Nissan Kicks, Mazda CX3, Chevy Trax, and Ford EcoSport.
When it arrives in the US in December, the front-wheel drive only venue will be powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6 liter [UNKNOWN], paired with either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
I tested a well-behaved conventional six feet automatic but that's staying in Australia and other markets.
In the US the engine is worth 121 horsepower,113 lb-ft tort and 32 miles per gallon combined.
Despite not having a ton of power, the Venue is both surprisingly fun to drive and unexpectedly refined, even on Australia's ubiquitous gravel roads.
Like most short wheel based vehicles, the ride can be a bit busy on undulating roads, but it's really quite good overall.
We don't yet know how affordable the Venue's gonna be, but it's going to need to start between 15 and 20 grand in order to split the difference between the Accent sedan and the larger Kona.
Hyundai has nixed the Accent hatchback model to make room for the Venue.
Advanced safety systems include standard Forward Collision Avoidance assistance lane keep assist auto high beams and a basic driver monitor.
Blind Spot assist and rear cross traffic alert will be optional.
MMM So in a nutshell, that's the 2020 Hyundai venue.
It's small, it's funky, and it's pretty good to drive.
But we won't know just how good until we get our hands on a US spec example and find out how much this little guy is going to cost.
In the meantime, if you're interested in a small and inexpensive SUV, you may want to hold out a little longer until this Hyundai is in dealers.