ICOT 2018 – Indian Car of the Year has been announced, and it’s none another than the all-new Hyundai Verna. Hyundai was winner for the three consecutive years (from 2013 to 2015), till the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza snatched the title in 2017. And proving its worth again, Hyundai has grabbed the most prestigious automobile award of the country – ICOTY 2018.
Interestingly, the new Verna has beaten some truly capable contenders like Tata Nexon, Jeep Compass and new Maruti Dzire to win the award. With a generation change, the 2017 Hyundai Verna has heated up the C-segment all over again. The kind of popularity the sedan has been enjoying in our market is proved by its sales figures. The new Verna outsold its arch rivals – new Honda City and Maruti Ciaz – to become the top-selling mid-size sedan of the country.
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Hyundai’s all-new Verna breached 5,000 sales mark in October, 2017. Whereas, its direct rivals City and Ciaz recorded a total sales of 4,366 units and 4,107 units respectively. In fact, the South Korean carmaker registered domestic sales of 44,008 units in November, 2017 accounting a growth of 10%. Read – Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
The new-generation Verna was introduced at an attractive price of Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom) and the range-topping variant of the saloon goes up to Rs 12.61 lakh (ex-showroom). However, its prices have gone up to Rs 26,000 – thanks to the GST cess hike on mid-size sedans. Read – New Hyundai Verna Vs New Honda City
Based on a new K2 platform, the new-gen Verna features the Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 diesel philosophy. On the exterior, the car gets new Elantra-inspired projector headlamps with LED DRLs, pentagonal LED fog lamps, revised front bumper, blacked-out C-pillar, new bonnet, a new integrated roof spoiler, chrome door handles, a sloping roofline and LED turn indicators. Read – New Hyundai Verna Vs Maruti Ciaz
Some of the key updates that have been made inside the cabin include a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link, leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel, reverse parking camera, electric sunroof, ABS with EBD, airbags, electro chromic rear view mirror, etc.
Powering the new Verna is the same a 1.6L VTVT 1.6L VTVT petrol and a 1.6L U2 CRDi diesel. While the former churns out 121bhp with 155Nm, the latter one generates 126bhp with 260Nm of torque. Transmission options includes a 6-speed manual and an automatic unit.
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