The new Hyundai Verna was first showcased at the 2017 Chengdu Motor Show in China. The car is already on sale in Russia and China and is expected to arrive in India around August – September. Hyundai Verna competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento in India. So would it offer what the competition doesn’t or would it be at par with the latest Honda City which is a favourite among people in this segment. Here are the five things worth knowing about the car.
Bigger with all new exterior design
The new Verna has grown in size, while the previous car was most compact among competition, the new car would be at par with the competition if not better. It would be 70mm longer and 29mm wider than the present car. The wheelbase is also up by 10mm, while height is expect to remain the same.
The front with its cascading grille and other design features draw cues from the new Elantra. The rear uses LED elements and even though the side may not appear to be new, it’s been designed from scratch and uses all new body panels. If you look closely, it becomes more evident. The overall design with sharp character lines looks much more cohesive than before. The sloping roof looks much better integrated and offers a coupe like stance.
Hyundai’s are feature rich, and it’s a fact. We expect that the new car would offer a comprehensive feature list and top of the line model would come equipped with features like projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED taillight cluster, LED turn indicators, 17 inch alloys etc.
Even though the competition (City in this case) also offers a Sunroof, we doubt if that would be offered as it would add to the price premium. Although it’s rumoured that Verna would offer ventilated seats, it could be one of the feature that Hyundai might surprise us with. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
All new interiors and Safety
Interiors have been designed from scratch. Out goes the waterfall design and in comes the more European-looking driver-centric cabin. Expect top-notch quality of plastics, India, may get dual tone interiors. A 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is expected to be available with top variants, middle and lower variants may offer a 5-inch touch screen system. Verna is expected to offer 6 airbags with top variant.
Other safety features llike ABS, EBD, two airbags for front passengers (with an option of deactivating passenger side airbag) etc. are expected to be available as standard. Verna sold in other world markets gets autonomous emergency braking system, since it uses radar frequency bands which are not available for use in India, the feature would be present in Indian version of the car.
Same engine options as before, new 1.6 GDI expected
Even though it was previously speculated that Verna may offer micro hybrid technology like Maruti Ciaz. It’s unlikely that it would be offered since GST is set to make micro-hybrids marginally expensive. All new Verna is expected to be available with same engine and transmission options as before.
A revised and more powerful version of the 1.6 litre GDI engine is expected along with other engine options. According to Hyundai, motor has improved power (132PS instead of 123 PS) and torque figures (161Nm instead of 155Nm) and offers better performance as a result.
Mechanically, same as before
Though the car is all new, nothing has changed under the skin. Suspension setup remains the same and you get McPherson Strut with Coil Spring at the front and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring at the back. The last generation Verna improved significantly on its predecessor and offered better balance between ride and handling. The new car should offer the same and we won’t be surprised if it betters it.