Whether the new-generation Verna is good enough to accomplish its goal or not, we find in our spec-based comparison.
The new Verna, will be modelled on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2 design tenet, seen in most of the models in carmaker’s line-up.
Hyundai has started testing new Verna in the country, implying a market launch lined-up in the coming months. The popular C-segment sedan will propel into a new generation, indicating copious change in cosmetic terms. Endowed with Solaris resembling looks (Verna’s global version), new styling bits on the inside and additional kit, the new Verna is aimed at reclaiming pinnacle in the segment. Whether the new-generation model is good enough to accomplish its goal or not, we find in our spec-based comparison between the new and old Verna.
Hyundai introduced the Verna nameplate in India in 2006. In 2011, Hyundai launched the new Verna built on its highly acclaimed Fluidic design theme. With radical changes to the design, styling and feature list, Verna became the best seller in the segment, outnumbering market leader Honda City. Since then, the tug of war continues between the two models and Verna is all set once again to witness a generation leap.
The new Verna, will be modelled on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2 design tenet, seen in most of the models in carmaker’s line-up. Aside from cosmetic updates, the sedan is likely to sport larger proportions, inferring more space on the inside.
It is expected that the new-gen model will receive changes in line with Solaris, which is essentially Verna’s global version. The front end is likely to get hexagonal grille and redesigned LED headlamps reminiscent of Elantra. Other changes on the sedan will include diamond cut alloys, new design for the taillights, arched rear roofline and larger bumper.
Styling updates on the inside will be inspired by Solaris with a similar looking dashboard. There could be a large touchscreen system, sitting at the top of the centre console. In terms of equipment, the new Verna will carry most of the features from the current model including the automatic climate control, infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto etc. To make it more premium, the sedan may be enveloped in an all-black colour scheme.
The new Verna will most likely continue using the same set of engines that power the current model. This includes 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre units in petrol and diesel guise.
As for the current model, the petrol line-up is available with 1.4-litre petrol unit tuned to make 105bhp and 135Nm of torque and 1.6-litre engine good for 121bhp and 155Nm torque.
Diesel powered Verna will get the same 89bhp, 1.4-litre and 126bhp, 1.6-litre engines with 220Nm and 260Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be carried out by the 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox. Additionally, Hyundai could introduce a mild-hybrid version on the range topping variant.
With no change in the engine set-up the carline is likely to return similar fuel economy as the current model. The petrol version is expected to deliver 18kmpl (1.4-litre) and 17kmpl (1.6-litre). Diesel Verna on the other hand will be slightly frugal with the 1.6-litre unit likely to return 19kmpl and the 1.4-litre engine estimated at 25kmpl.
The petrol range of the current model is priced between Rs 7.95 lakh to Rs 10.91 lakh, whereas the diesel line-up starts from Rs 9.22 lakh and goes up to Rs 13.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
With new styling updates on the outside, more upmarket cabin and additional kit, the new Verna is likely to be dearer than its predecessor. It is expected that the new Verna price could start from Rs 9 lakh and go up as high as Rs 14 lakh for the fully loaded, top-spec variant.