South Korean automaker Hyundai has launched the facelifted Solaris aka Verna in the Russian market. Going by the growing competition in the mid-sized sedan segment, it is expected that Hyundai might also launch the updated Verna in India. Interestingly, the Russian model features the evolved version of Hyundai’s Fluidic design- “Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy.
The Hyundai Verna facelift gets cosmetic changes to both front and rear fascias. The vehicle now features larger headlights which are inspired from Hyundai’s bigger saloons- the Sonata and the Genesis. Instead of single slat grille, the updated sedan now gets larger dual-slat grille. Also visible is the redesigned bumper featuring wide airdam and newly designed fog lights with daytime running lights.
At the back, the changes are very minimal. The tail lamp assembly remains unchanged; however, the brake lights now sports LED. Its rear bumper is equipped with restyled reflectors and a black underbody. Interiors remain unchanged; however, we believe that Hyundai would add some advanced features to compete well in the growing mid-sized sedan segment.
The Hyundai Solaris is powered by the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines in Russia, and both engines are also on offer in India. However, the powerful 1.6L petrol engine is now fitted with six-speed manual gearbox and automatic transmission options. Hyundai might bring these changes to Indian model as well. Hyundai Verna in India is also available in diesel versions- a 1.4-litre CRDi and a 1.6-litre CRDi. Both the engines are paired to a six-speed manual transmission gearbox.
In Russia, the Hyundai Solaris facelift (aka Verna in India) is priced at 473,900 Rubles (Rs. 8.26 lakh) for entry level model and 574,900 Rubles (Rs. 10.02 lakh) for top-sped model.