Hyundai India would launch the Verna facelift in the country by the first quarter of next year and the updated version of sedan is on test runs. Although, the new Verna has been spied multiple times albeit camouflaged. But, this time around, our friends at Team BHP, have captured the Verna facelift completely undisguised in Pune as test mule and needless to say, it appears quite similar to the Solaris sedan which was launched in Russia this year.
Going by the spy-shots, it can be said that the front fascia boasts several upgrades and modifications. The new iteration of Verna flaunts an all-new dual slat chrome grille and redesigned bumper at the front. In addition, it also boasts new projector headlamps but no daytime running LED lights are visible. Although, Solaris in Russia comes with DRL's; perhaps, this test-mule doesn't have it due to being an entry-level variant. At the rear, the bumper gets tweaked with redesigned reflectors and a black apron. The taillamp cluster gets LED elements to make the sedan premium and advanced. Also, the design of the alloys seem to be a bit different. Everything else at the outside is retained from the current generation sedan, and even inside the cabin, it is the same altogether.
Under the hood, quite identical to the ongoing model, Verna would continue drawing power from the 1.4L and 1.6L petrol and diesel engines. The larger and more powerful 1.6L powertrains would be offered with an optional 4-speed automatic gearbox as well. However, it is also rumoured that the company might upgrade the 4-speed auto transmission to a 6-speed auto transmission, which is being used in the elder sibling Elantra saloon. It is almost certain that Verna facelift would be launched in the country in and around March 2015 in an estimated price range of Rs. 7.5-11 Lakhs. It would be at loggerheads with Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Linea, Volkswagen Vento and Nissan Sunny in the country.