Korean automaker, Hyundai is readying the facelift version of the Verna mid-sized sedan. The updated model was recently introduced in China at the 2019 CMS (Chengdu Motor Show). Scheduled to be launched in early 2020, the Hyundai Verna facelift for the Indian market will come with different design compared to the Chinese model. The updated model unveiled in Chengdu has flashy design, which is highly unlikely to be offered with the India-spec model.
The 2020 Hyundai Verna design inspiration comes from the brand’s global sedans including the La-Festa, the new-gen Sonata, Elantra facelift and the updated Ioniq. Featuring aggressive front with edgy look, the new Verna gets sleeker and wider cascading grille with horizontal chrome slats, and larger headlamps. The grille is flanked by newly styled LED headlamp, which has 3 section – projector headlamp, the parking lamp and the turn indicator – with chrome outlines separating them.
Significant changes will be made inside the cabin as well. It will sport a larger touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will also receive the Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car technology, which was debuted in the Venue compact SUV. This technology will come with 33 features out of which, 10 are India-specific.
The 2020 Hyundai Verna facelift will receive new BSVI compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, which will replace the current 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel powertrain respectively. The new powertrains will also power the next-gen Hyundai Creta. While the petrol engine is good for 115bhp and 144Nm, the oil burner produces 115bhp and 250Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed CVT (petrol) and a 6-speed torque convertor (diesel).
The 2020 Hyundai Verna facelift will directly rival the next-gen Honda City (Early 2020 Launch) and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Skoda and Volkswagen are also readying their mid-sized sedans, which are expected to be launched in 2021.