The Hyundai Verna has always been a volume generator for the South Korean carmaker in India. However, with the launch of new Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, the Verna failed to maintain the sales momentum and slipped to the 3rd position in its segment. Now, this popular sedan is all set to enter its fourth-generation with all new design and a lot richer interior. The 2017 Hyundai Verna concept that was showcased at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, gives us a preview of the new model.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna will carry an evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy along with major cosmetic updates. Some of its design and styling elements have been borrowed from the new-gen Hyundai Elite i20.
The car's front fascia looks more aggressive and sportier than the current model, thanks to the large hexagonal grille with horizontal slats and chrome accents, new front bumper with air intakes and wraparound projector headlamps with black accents and LED daytime running lights.
The side and rear design of the 2017 Hyundai Verna also look quite identical to its concept. The saloon's new model gets sporty alloys wheels, new ORVMs with integrated turn signals, sculpted rear bumper, wraparound LED tail lamps and a larger boot lid.
The new-gen Hyundai Verna measures 4,380mm in length and 1,728mm in width with a wheelbase of 2,600mm. This makes it 5mm longer, 28mm wider and 30mm more spacious than the current one. The height of the saloon stands at 1,460mm, which is slightly lower than the existing model.
The upcoming 2017 Hyundai Verna will be a more premium and up-market offering than the current one. Features such as new leather upholstery, a new touchscreen infotainment system, a large sunroof, keyless entry with engine stop/start button, etc are likely to be made available inside. Image Courtesy - Auto.ifeng.com
Power sources of the new Hyundai Verna will remain the same – i.e. 1.4-litre MPi petrol, 1.4-litre CRDi diesel, the 1.6-litre MPi petrol, and the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. While the 1.4L and 1.6L petrol mills offer 105bhp and 121bhp respectively, the 1.4L and 1.6L diesel powertrains are good for 88bhp and 126bhp respectively.
Transmission options on the 2017 Hyundai Verna too will remain unchanged – i.e. a 5-speed manual (for the petrol variants), a 6-speed manual (for the diesel variants) and an optional 4-speed auto gearbox.
Mileage figures of the new 2017 Hyundai Verna are likely to equivalent to the current model. The saloon's existing 1.4L and 1.6L petrol variants deliver fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl and 17 kmpl respectively. On the other hand, the 1.4L and 1.6L diesel models return 25 kmpl and 19 kmpl respectively.
The production version of the new-gen Hyundai Verna is likely to debut towards the end of 2016. While, its India launch might happen by mid 2017. As a reminder, the Verna concept first broke cover at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show.
In the mid-size sedan segment, the 2017 Hyundai Verna will be pitted against the new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and new Honda City.
The new-gen Hyundai Verna will be slightly more expensive than the current generation. Prices of the saloon's new model are likely to start at Rs 9 lakh, and could go up to Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-spec model.