Launched after a prolonged anticipation, the 2017 Hyundai Verna seems to have hit the right chords with car buyers in India. The Next Gen Verna happens to have clocked 20,000 bookings and 1,50,000 enquiries in two months since its launch in the country. The Verna was a segment leader for consecutive months, selling over 5,000 units in October. According to Hyundai, the new Verna is also the choice of several first-time car buyers, contributing to 20% of its total sales. Also, the brand says that 25% of the customers preferred automatic transmission over manual gearboxes in both petrol and diesel engines. The Verna's popularity can also be attributed to the several segment-first and premium features it carries, such as ventilated seats, smart (hands-free) trunk, smart sunroof, Eco Coating and Advanced Telematics System. These features certainly give the Verna an edge over its competition - Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid.
October was also the month when Honda City marked selling seven lakh units since it was first launched in 1998. The City was given a mid-cycle facelift in 2017, however the other major competitor, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is due for a facelift. Compared to Verna's sale of 5,000 units in October, the Ciaz sold 4,107 units and the City sold 4,366 units in the same period.
The interior features a multi-info 1 3.5-inch Mono TFT LCD, rear adjustable headrest, sliding front centre console armrest along with rear A/C vents and an updated 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition and navigation. The infotainment system also features Apple Carplay, Android Auto and MirrorLink along Smart Surround System with six speakers.
The new Verna is powered by a 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol and a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel engine. The petrol variants produce 123 hp of maximum power and 151 Nm of torque. The diesel versions, on the other hand, generates 128 hp of power and 260 Nm of torque. The engines are paired to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The petrol manual variants deliver a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.70 kmpl, while the petrol automatic delivers 15.92 kmpl. The diesel manual versions deliver 24.75 kmpl and diesel automatic 21.02 kmpl.
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“The Next Gen VERNA has outperformed in India once again with more than 20,000 bookings and 150,000 enquiries in a short span of 2 months of its launch in India. We are extremely thankful to our Indian customers for their trust in brand Hyundai. The Next Gen VERNA is beyond the ordinary, a global product that personifies Hyundai’s Modern Premium Brand and a landmark in Hyundai growth story winning many prestigious accolades worldwide,” Y K Koo, MD & CEO- Hyundai Motor India Limited said.